Maurizio Cattelan

Maurizio Cattelan is an Italian self-trained artist whose work straddles the boundaries of performance and sculpture, always remembered in my mind for ‘that’ piece, the child sculptures hanging from their necks in a tree in Milan (this was the equivalent to the ‘Henson issue’ while I was in high school, and I can’t see pictures of it without becoming instantaneously bored.)

The other Cattelan piece that I most recognize was used for the Australian/UK cover of Sarah Thornton’s Seven Days in the Art World.

His pieces work by testing limits of tolerance, stretching the parallels of reality and fiction, often using a humouress yet controversial perspective, his pieces ask the viewer to re-interpret their perception (seems to be a trend in my posts of late) whilst not being contained by the preexisting connotations associated with taxidermist works.

Trotsky 1997

Bidibidobidiboo 1996


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