Miley Cyrus latest celebrity to donate to Harvey relief

This file photo taken on May 26, 2017 shows US singer Miley Cyrus performing on stage during NBC's Today show at the Rockefeller Plaza in New York City. Pop star Miley Cyrus on August 31, 217 tearfully announced she was giving $500,000 to victims of Hurricane Harvey, becoming the latest celebrity to donate after the mega-storm ravaged Texas. The singer and actress, appearing on Ellen DeGeneres's television show, broke down in tears as she discussed seeing the devastation from the storm. (AFP)
Updated 01 September 2017

Miley Cyrus latest celebrity to donate to Harvey relief

NEW YORK: Pop star Miley Cyrus on Thursday tearfully announced she was giving $500,000 to victims of Harvey, becoming the latest celebrity to donate after the mega-storm ravaged Texas.
The singer and actress, appearing on Ellen DeGeneres’s television show, broke down in tears as she discussed seeing the devastation from the storm.
Explaining how she takes comfort in going home to her grandmother, mother and seven dogs, Cyrus said: “If I didn’t have that anymore, it would just be really hard.”
“I hope people understand and can put themselves in those people’s shoes and just know what it feels like to have everything taken away from you,” she said.
Cyrus’s donation is among the most generous announced by the celebrity world.
Actress Sandra Bullock, who maintains homes in Texas and Louisiana, earlier pledged $1 million, while the Kardashian reality television family offered $500,000.
The experimental R&B singer Solange, who grew up in Houston, announced a benefit concert for September 28 at Boston’s historic Orpheum Theatre.
Solange, who will be joined by the “arkestra” ensemble of late avant-garde jazz artist Sun Ra, said that all proceeds from the performance would go to Harvey relief.
Solange’s better-known sister, pop superstar Beyonce, has promised a major charitable effort but has not yet announced the details.


Man eats $120,000 piece of art — a banana taped to wall

Updated 08 December 2019

Man eats $120,000 piece of art — a banana taped to wall

MIAMI: The move was bananas ... or maybe the work was just too appealing.
A performance artist shook up the crowd at the Art Basel show in Miami Beach on Saturday when he grabbed a banana that had been duct-taped to a gallery wall and ate it.
The banana was, in fact, a work of art by Italian artist Maurizio Cattelan titled “Comedian” and sold to a French collector for $120,000.
In a video posted on his Instagram account, David Datuna, who describes himself as a Georgian-born American artist living in New York, walks up to the banana and pulls it off the wall with the duct tape attached.
“Art performance ... hungry artist,” he said, as he peeled the fruit and took a bite. “Thank you, very good.”
A few bystanders could be heard giggling before a flustered gallery official whisked him to an adjoining space for questioning.
But the kerfuffle was resolved without a food fight.
“He did not destroy the art work. The banana is the idea,” Lucien Terras, director of museum relations for Galerie Perrotin, told the Miami Herald.
As it turns out, the value of the work is in the certificate of authenticity, the newspaper said. The banana is meant to be replaced.
A replacement banana was taped to the wall about 15 minutes after Datuna’s stunt.
“This has brought a lot of tension and attention to the booth and we’re not into spectacles,” Terras said. “But the response has been great. It brings a smile to a lot of people’s faces.”
Cattelan is perhaps best known for his 18-carat, fully functioning gold toilet called “America” that he had once offered on loan to US President Donald Trump.
The toilet, valued at around $5 to $6 million, was in the news again in September when it was stolen from Britain’s Blenheim Palace, the birthplace of wartime leader Winston Churchill, where it had been on display.