The Banorah! Because What Jew Doesn’t Need A Banana-Shaped Menorah?

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The Banorah, the banana-shaped Hanukkah Menorah, was created as a tongue-in-cheek response to Maurice (Maurizio) Cattelan’s “Comedian,” a single overripe banana duct-taped to a wall, which caused much discussion when introduced Art Basel Miami.

Banorah Banana-shaped Menorah

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Claiming that the “joke never gets old”, BKLYN CLAY and E for Effort teamed up to bring us the Banorah; a Hanukia that serves as a nod to Cattelan’s “Comedian”, the duct-taped banana that sold for $120k and now is part of the Guggenheim Museum’s collection. (they sell t-shirts of it here)

The irreverent version of the Jewish Candelabra, that’s to be lit during the 8 nights of Hanukkah, serves as both an homage to art and judaism as well as to pop culture.

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Despite poking fun at Cattelan’s art-piece, the Banorah is a perfectly functional, handmade sculptural Menorah made of stoneware that looks like a piece of Pop Art.

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Nature’s perfectly packaged fruit is no stranger to art. Having been turned into an icon by Andy Warhol, the banana has also been depicted by many other artists including Wayne Thiebaud and Giorgio de Chirico.

Banana screenprint by Andy Warhol, Maurice Cattelan "Comedian", (2019), Giorgio de Chirico, The Uncertainty of the Poet by Giorgio de Chirico (1913) and Wayne Thiebaud, Bananas (1963)
clockwise from upper left: Banana (1967) by Andy Warhol, Maurice Cattelan’s “Comedian” (2019),  The Uncertainty of the Poet by Giorgio de Chirico (1913) and Wayne Thiebaud’s Bananas (1963)

Materials: Stoneware, Underglaze, Glaze
Dimensions: 10.5 x 1.75 x 3.5 in.
banana-shaped menorah

Price $280 at BKLYN CLAY or $320 at Artware Editions