Maurizio Cattelan

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Charta, 1999 - Art - 57 pages
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He desecrated museums with his exhibitions of embalmed horses and dogs; he filled ancient frescoed rooms with mounds of soil topped with an olive tree; he made the spectators shiver at the 47th Venice Biennale, covering a fakir under a thick blanket of soil so that only the hands, joined in prayer, were visible. Maurizio Cattelan (b. 1960) is considered one of the most provocative artists on the international art scene. His black-humored and cynical works, characterized by the language of tragi-comedy and sacrilege, have always baffled and even disturbed spectators. This book documents his career to date.

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Francesco Bonami was director of the 50th Venice Biennale of Art and is senior curator of the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago. Guido Curto is an art critic and professor of art history at the Accademia Albertina delle Belle Arti of Turin. He is a regular contributor to Flash Art and La Stampa.
Judith Russi Kirshner is a critic, curator, and dean of the College of Architecture and the Arts at the University of Illinois at Chicago. Giorgio Verzotti is chief curator of the Museo d'arte moderna e contemporanea di Trento e Rovereto (MART). He is a regular contributor to several art magazines, including Artforum.

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