~MAURIZIO CATTELAN, Escape artist . . .
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‘HIM’, (2001), by MAURIZIO CATTELAN, whose retrospective at the Guggenheim opens tomorrow, Nov 4, 2011 – will be made up of over 130 of the artist’s original works dangling overhead . . .
PHOTO BY: ZENO ZOTTI/THE NEW YORK TIMES
this striking photo . . . headlined the recent NEW YORK TIMES advance essay on the new Guggenheim Cattelan retrospective – informatively, and most entertainingly penned, as usual, by RANDY KENNEDY.
the exhibit, titled – ‘MAURIZIO CATTELAN: ALL’ – will run NOV 4, 2011 – JAN 22, 2012. A retrospective survey, of more than 130 original pieces, dating back to the 1980s and on through the present – will be hanging from the ceiling. down with walls . . . and, damn, who needs floors.
Cattelan is quite the contrarian. the joker . . . and the political statesman. the extensive sampling of his works are on loan from private and public collections – around the world. so don’t blink – it’s not likely you’ll see many of these pieces again.
I wonder if his, ‘Charlie’ – the remote-controlled mechanized bot boy on a tricycle – that stole the 50th Venice Biennial in 2003 – will be among them ?
and one wonders how the floor anchored on-site pieces will be rendered ?
of course the funniest part of the Randy Kennedy interview, is Cattelan’s exit strategy: “Mr. Cattelan, 51, insists that the show will be his last, and that he will officially retire from making art as soon as it is over, though what that means in the Cattelan lexicon is anyone’s guess.”
like I said, Maurizio Cattelan, Escape artist !!
view of the exhibit ‘out of senses’, 2002. Museum Boymans van Beuningen, Rotterdam, Netherlands.
PHOTO COURTESY: GALERIE PERROTIN, Paris
MAURIZIO CATTELAN, ‘untitled’, 2001. wax figure, natural hairs, cotton. life-size.
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