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The Art World's Merriest Prankster Comes to New York


From left: Cattelan's Mini-Me, 1999; Novecento, 1997.

A onetime furniture-maker, the 51-year-old Italian artist Maurizio Cattelan has spent the past 20 years constructing elaborate provocations rather than chairs: A life-size, photorealistic installation depicting Pope John Paul II struck down by a heaven-sent meteorite. An art gallery so exclusive it never opened (the sign on the door read FUCK OFF WE'RE CLOSED). A giant marble sculpture of a hand with a raised middle finger outside the Milan Stock Exchange. Now Cattelan is bringing his pointed commentary to the spiral rotunda of the Guggenheim with "Maurizio Cattelan: All," a career retrospective with more than 130 works guaranteed to amuse and offend.

Opens November 4; guggenheim.org



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Photographs by Attilio Maranzano, Courtesy of Maurizio Cattelan/Courtesy of the Guggenheim; Paolo Pellion di Persano, Courtesy of Maurizio Cattelan/Courtesy of the Guggenheim.
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