Born in Padova Italian, known to be a major prankster ( he once stole another artists exhibit put it in his own gallery space with his name) co-owns the magazine "Toilet Paper", fascinated with death, puns and government's love of corruption and doesn't make his own art (Yes- that is right. He hires people to build and create what he is imagining) He has been described by Jonathan P. Binstock, curator of contemporary art at the Corcoran Gallery of Art "as one of the great post-Duchampian artists and a smart ass, too". He was actually a late bloomer as an artist, starting only 17 years ago. He's in his 50's. He began with taxidermy animals and moved onto life size wax figures.
What made this exhibit so special was that is showed nearly his entire body of work under one roof. What made is even more interesting was he said he wanted it all hanging from the rotunda. This is where the Guggenheim, in all of its roundness, shined! It was fabulous to walk around the hanging pieces while ascending. There were so many pieces that each step gave us something new to look at. To photograph everything would have taken forever, but I got some of the bigger pieces and it gives you a glimpse into the wild mind of Cattelan. Enjoy!
|All photographs by HouseandPost|