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Maurizio Cattelan

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Cattelan Commands Italians to Shit and Die: A First Look   Pick-button-f22fa879042524f5c7b8d2278b2983b8
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at Palazzo Cavour November 6th, 2014 - January 11th, 2015
Posted 11/6/14
This past Wednesday evening, the arty crowd in Turin paid no heed to Maurizio Cattelan’s “exhortation.” Considering the line outside Palazzo Cavour, Cattelan's command, —the title of the most eagerly-awaited event of this year’s edition of Artissima—has not been taken literally by anyone. Rather than warily getting out of the way, shitting, or dying, a throng of curators, artists, critics, and collectors—myself included—couldn't wait to invade the rooms of the 18th century building. This group... [more]
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And Then Some   Pick-button-f22fa879042524f5c7b8d2278b2983b8
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Maurizio Cattelan at Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum November 4th, 2011 - January 22nd, 2012
Posted 1/15/12
At once wholly discerning and utterly distasteful, Maurizio Cattelan has become one of the most infuriating visual artists of our time.  Propelled by his biting wit and intense abhorrence of authority, the Italian artist's notorious collection of work – over thirty years worth of exasperating performances and alarmingly hyper-realistic sculptures – endeavors to underscore, and ultimately mock, popular culture's manipulation of history, politics, religion, and notions of propriety.  Acutely... [more]
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Another Biennale? This time in marble...   Pick-button-f22fa879042524f5c7b8d2278b2983b8
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Nevin Aladağ, Carl Andre, Libero Andreotti, Asymptote, Vanessa Beecroft, Huma Bhabha, Rossella Biscotti, Leonardo Bistolfi, Monica Bonvicini, Carlos Bunga, Aldo Buttini, Giorgio Andreotta Calò, Valentin Carron, Maurizio Cattelan, Marcelo Cidade, Nemanja Cvijanović, Arturo Dazzi, Sam Durant, Urs Fischer, Lucio Fontana, Norman Foster, Yona Friedman, Massimiliano Fuksas, Cyprien Gaillard, Frank Gehry, Antony Gormley, Cai Guo-Qiang, Zaha Hadid, Thomas Houseago, Liu Jianhua, Grigor Kepinov, Daniel Knorr, Terence Koh, Grzegorz Kowalski, Daniel Libeskind, Wu Maoquan, Arturo Martini, Paul McCarthy, Fausto Melotti, Ohad Meromi, Gustav Metzger, MVRDV, Deimantas Narkevicius, Kristina Norman, Jean Nouvel, Yerbossyn Meldibekov and Nurbossyn Oris, Damián Ortega, Santiago Sierra, Alina Szapocznikow, Dymitr Szwarc, Rirkrit Tiravanija, Kevin van Braak, Bogulov Veniamin, Ingal Vladimir, Yelena Vorobyeva and Viktor Vorobyev, Gillian Wearing, Adolfo Wildt, Artur Żmijewski, Zorka Wollny     at INTERNATIONAL SCULPTURE BIENNALE OF CARRARA July 26th, 2010 - October 31st, 2010
Posted 7/5/10
  Monuments represent power and are generally speaking stand-ins for national identity; in a word, they are authoritarian. Monuments-as-objects have had their sense and meaning radically changed with an array of failure and crises across the modern historical and political panorama. We are presently plagued with the decay of monuments, a de-monumentalization of symbols and historical icons often replaced by other varieties, less governmental, more icon: TV personalities, general phemera and... [more]
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Nine Lives   Pick-button-f22fa879042524f5c7b8d2278b2983b8
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Maurizio Cattelan at The Menil Collection February 12th, 2010 - August 15th, 2010
Posted 5/10/10
        Dear Maurizio, Your first solo show in the United States since 2003 and my first face-to-face encounter with a large body of your work... you and curator Franklin Sirmans situated your sculptures among works that you admire in The Menil Collection. I was really excited to see it! On my day off from installing my show, I skipped breakfast and rushed over to see yours. I just got back to Los Angeles from Texas and I have a few reflective questions for you. In the small... [more]
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The Art World According to Shaq   Pick-button-f22fa879042524f5c7b8d2278b2983b8
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Conrad Bakker, Delia Brown, Don Brown, Maurizio Cattelan, JINKYUNG CHONG, Chuck Close, Cathy de Monchaux, Richard Dupont, Joe Fig, Tom Friedman, Franz Gertsch, Andreas Gursky, Tim Hawkinson, Brian Jungen, Anselm Kiefer, Jeff Koons, Dr. Lakra, Charles LeDray, Peter Max, Ron Mueck, Juan Muñoz, Richard Patterson, Evan Penny, Richard Pettibone, Elizabeth Peyton, Paul Pfeiffer, Richard Phillips, Charles Ray, James Rieck, Thomas Ruff, Cindy Sherman, Yinka Shonibare, Ken Solomon, Tomoaki Suzuki, Robert Therrien, Jim Torok, Inez van Lamsweerde, Mark Wagner, Corban Walker, Willard Wigan, Kehinde Wiley, Fred Wilson, Ivan Witenstein, Lisa Yuskavage at FLAG Art Foundation February 19th, 2010 - May 27th, 2010
Posted 2/28/10
      It may be obvious that curators in the art world would appear pretty ridiculous even attempting to moonlight as professional basketball players, but the reverse, it turns out, is not true: professional basketball players can, in fact, moonlight as curators. The Flag Art Foundation is responsible for revealing this perplexity, and the show Size DOES Matter, curated by Cleveland Cavalier Shaquille O’Neal, proves that pro-ball players do not play the curation game like curators... [more]
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The Big Questions   Pick-button-f22fa879042524f5c7b8d2278b2983b8
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Francis Alÿs, Robert Barry, Joseph Beuys, George Brecht, James Lee Byars, John Cage, Maurizio Cattelan, Paul Chan, Lygia Clark, Tony Conrad, Tacita Dean, Jason Dodge, Trisha Donnelly, Marcel Duchamp, Harold Edgerton, The Institute For Figuring, Ceal Floyer, Felix Gonzalez-Torres, Roger Hiorns, Douglas Huebler, Pierre Huyghe, Paul Ramírez Jonas, Stephen Kaltenbach, On Kawara, Christine Kozlov, David Lamelas, Louise Lawler, Paul Etienne Lincoln, Mark Manders, Kris Martin, Steve McQueen, Helen Mirra, Catherine Murphy, Bruce Nauman, Rivane Neuenschwander, Claes Oldenburg, Roman Ondák, Giuseppe Penone, Susan Philipsz, Anthony Phillips, Adrian Piper, Steven Pippin, Charles Ray, Tobias Rehberger, Hannah Rickards, Arthur Russell, Michael Sailstorfer, Roman Signer, Simon Starling, John Stezaker, Mladen Stilinović, Sturtevant, Shomei Tomatsu at Walker Art Center April 24th, 2009 - September 27th, 2009
Posted 8/7/09
The theme of the Walker Art Center’s exhibition “The Quick and the Dead” got personal, quickly, when I observed that an On Kawara date painting near the entry was the same date as an uncle’s birthday. Made by Kawara to mark the passage of time, the ongoing series implies its own end in the artist’s death, just as birthdays imply to many of us that there are only so many left. This exhibition announces its’ intentions to examine The Big Questions of Life at the outset in the title, but... [more]
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From Here to Eternity   Pick-button-f22fa879042524f5c7b8d2278b2983b8
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Paweł Althamer, Olivier Babin, Johanna Billing, Maurizio Cattelan, Tacita Dean, Pierre Huyghe, William Kentridge, Lars Laumann, Gabriel Orozco, Gerhard Richter, Thomas Struth, Guido van der Werve, Lawrence Weiner, Artur Zmijewski at Marian Goodman Gallery July 1st, 2009 - August 28th, 2009
Posted 7/19/09
Taking its title from a Lawrence Weiner work, comprises works that contemplate impermanence and mortality, often from a personalized, humanist point of view. There is nothing fussy or overly sophisticated about this one. It talks the talk and walks the walk.  The show opens with Maurizio Cattelan's simple photograph of a pen that has just run out of ink, then proceeds to two poetic films  by William Kentridge and Guido Van der Werve, respectively. The latter's Nummer Acht... [more]
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Puppets!   Pick-button-f22fa879042524f5c7b8d2278b2983b8
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Guy Ben-Ner, Nayland Blake, Louise Bourgeois, Maurizio Cattelan, Anne Chu, Nathalie Djurberg, Terence Gower, Dan Graham, Christian Jankowski, Mike Kelley, William Kentridge, Survival Research Laboratory, Cindy Loehr, Paul McCarthy, Annette Messager, Matt Mullican, Bruce Nauman, Dennis Oppenheim, Philippe Parreno, Thomas Schütte, Laurie Simmons, Doug Skinner, Kiki Smith, Michael Smith, Rirkrit Tiravanija, Kara Walker, Charlie White at Santa Monica Museum of Art May 24th, 2008 - August 9th, 2008
Posted 6/14/08
Puppets, puppetry and the like are often relegated to being an obscure subgenre of the theater or sometimes of the art world but the exhibition, currently on view at the Santa Monica Museum of Art, points out the fact that puppets frequently infiltrate popular culture and bring along with them issues that loom large like agency, control, miniaturization and manipulation. These issues are explored by a wide range of internationally recognized artists who have created work that incorporates the... [more]
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