Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Exhibitions We Love: Maurizio Cattelan "All"

Maurizio Cattelan is hailed as a “provocateur, prankster and tragic poet of our time.” His unique creations have created some of the most unforgettable and controversial images in contemporary art. A new exhibit at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in New York City showcases virtually everything this artist has produced since 1989 in an exhibition titled, “All.”
            The center of the spiraling museum is home to the collection of 128 pieces, which are hung with wires and ropes from the gallows at the top of the rotunda.  The work is inspired by popular culture, history and organized religion often depicted in a crude way. In order to balance out the harsh imagery there is often a dose of humor seen throughout his sculptures.   
Most of the artist’s outlook on life is taken from his childhood. Cattelan grew up in Padua, a city in northern Italy.  During his youth his life was filled with economic hardship, troubles at school and a line of menial jobs that according to some have become embedded in the artist and his work.
            This exhibition may in fact be the last time that all of Cattelan’s work will be on display. The artist, who is only 51 years old, has announced that he is soon to retire from the making of art.  Maurizio Cattelan’s final show is on exhibit at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum located at 1071 Fifth Avenue in New York City. The exhibition, which opened November 4th, will run through the New Year until January 22nd.