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Renowned Italain sculptor Maurizio Cattelan announced his retirement from contemporary art immediately following his retrospective at the Guggenheim, but he has hardly slowed down production in any way. In addition to collaborating with Italian photographer Pierpaolo Ferrariis on his publication Toilet Paper, the artist has now designed a bold line of  impressive unisex sweatshirts for Milan-based fashion brand MSGM. These designs, […]

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ANIMAL’s feature Artist’s Notebook asks artists to show us their original idea sketch next to a finished piece. This week, Eva and Franco Mattes tell us about their piece Catt (2010) and trolling Maurizio Cattelan.  Known for their provocative projects that involve and expose its willing and unwilling participants, Eva and Franco Mattes have stolen many little bits […]

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Just now, in front of Maurizio Cattelan’s Family Business Gallerywe witnessed the most cathartic exorcism of old work. After tearing down xeroxed and otherwise flammable work from their last show, the gutted insides of the small storefront gallery were stuffed into a trash can and burned in front of gathering crowd. A police cruiser made […]

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So, there’s a bit of fuss over semi-retired Italian prankster-artist Maurizio Cattelan’s HIM… again. The 2001 sculpture of Adolf Hitler was recently installed in a former Warsaw ghetto alley. It can only be viewed through a small peephole in a rotting gate, looking like a small praying boy. Poland’s chief rabbi Michael Schudrich approved the installation for […]

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“Fingers are something sexual, like penises,” artist Maurizio Cattelan says about the wrinkled digits dangling on his new High Line billboard, unveiled today. They’re manicured, bejeweled, detached and hanging at 10th Avenue and West 18th Street, David Shrigley’s cynical sulk replaced with blue velvet. Yes, Cattelan is still retired from art since his Guggenheim retrospective, […]

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If you see these “DILDO” stickers popping up in New York (emphasis on if), credit famous artist Maurizio Cattelan for designing VICE Magazine’s Holy Trinity issue with a big ol’ plastic cock on it. Lo and behold, it was “censored” by the United States Postal Service. “Disgusting!” Cattelan may be retired, but his phallic attacks continue. […]

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Oh, what? The sparkly, sudsy, porny, big time visual artist Marilyn Minter has curated a show at superstar Maurizio Cattelan’s new gallery. It’s called “The Virgins.” Among them, New Casualist painters and the NY gallery debut of one Hennessy Youngman. Go, Hennessy! […]

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Only really having fallen in love with Maurizio Cattelan after he erected a giant middle finger statue in front of the Italian stock exchange (zeitgeist much?), these images of his post-retirement anti-retrospective at the Guggenheim are making me swoon. He didn’t just decide to clump and string up all his work in the middle, dangling […]

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Will there really be no more giant middle finger statues, crushed Popes, lynched children, mounted wives, groveling Hitlers or horse jokes for ANIMAL beloved Italian artist Maurizio Cattelan? On the eve of the Venice Biennale, the artist said he’s abandoning hyperrealist sculpture forever: “My art as you know it is finished.” […]

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Currently neck-deep in a messy divorce, newspaper tycoon Peter Brant had once commissioned Maurizio Cattelan to make and mount this topless, void-eyed replica of his model almost-ex-wife Stephanie Seymour. Now 1 of 3 editions is up for sale at Phillips de Pury. Cattelan, artist and erector of that giant “fuck you” monument by the Italian […]

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