November 3, 2011
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Who wants to see a bunch of art work hanging in The Guggenheim’s Rotunda? Good news for those who do: virtually everything artist Maurizio Cattelan has produced since 1989 is now suspended in air for all to see.
Maurizio Cattelan: All, the first retrospective of the artist’s work, marks Cattelan’s sort-of retirement from the art world. In the exhibition catalogue, curator Nancy Spector paints Cattelan as a “tragic poet of our times.” (Cue lil’ Hitler!) Setting that stuff aside, though, it seems that in presenting his life’s work this way, Cattelan plays to his reputation as art world prankster. The question, of course, is how seriously we’re supposed to take the joke.
Our images from this morning’s press preview after the jump. The show opens Friday and runs through January 22nd.