Thomas Baumgärtel
Originalbanane auf schwarzem Bütten, 2016
19,3 × 15,2 inches
(49 × 38,5 cm)
edition of 50

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Thomas Baumgärtel

Thomas Baumgärtel is the "banana sprayer". He studied art and psychology in Cologne and started marking art institutions with his banana in 1986. What started out as a subjective "evaluation" of the art scene has since then turned into an unofficial mark of quality.

Over the last thirty years Baumgärtel has been commenting on current events in his artwork, such as German Reunification or infringements on artistic freedom. The banana may not always be apparent in all of his works, nonetheless it's rebellious character is an integral aspect of his art.

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