Cattelan @ Guggenheim

Posted on | December 7, 2011 | No Comments

Hanging In There: Maurizio Cattelan's Controversial Work

 

I’m no art critic. I simply enjoy being confronted with or attracted by visual creations of fertile minds. And that brings me to one Maurizio Cattelan.  He’s on my radar since I saw his irritating sculpture at the Tate Modern in London a while ago: Three nicely dressed arms sticking out of a white wall in a fascist salute. The work is called “Ave Maria”. You figure.

Up In The Air: Fallen Pope, Dead Horses

As soon as I found out that Cattelan, the 51 year old son of Padua, had combined (almost) all his similarly provocative work at the Guggenheim in New York I changed my return flight.
Now there was enough time after press meetings with Steven Spielberg (“War Horse”) and Meryl Streep (“The Iron Lady”) to see “All”: Maurizio Cattelan’s work of 128 sad, surreal, satirical creations  hangs in a gigantic distended mass from cables connected to an aluminum truss near the top of the museum’s rotunda of Frank Lloyd Wrights art dome.

I haven’t seen anything like it before:  Hanging there in this gigantic Mobile: JFK in a coffin, an elephant wearing a KKK hood, the stacked skeletons of the “Bremen Town Musicians”, a praying Hitler, a marble memorial wall not with names of fallen war heroes but with results of soccer games, a little drummer boy who actually beats the drums from time to time…..

Maurizio Cattelan left a message on the wall: “All” is the end. He will stop making art. Is he believable? One of his main sculptures is a huge hand showing only an erect middle finger.

Watch the installation:

 

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