The recent cover of Garage Magazine seems to make front-page news more than the news itself. The work through the collab of the famed Italian artist Maurizio Cattelan, and the British-Ghanaian fashion photographer Campbell Addy, is simply beyond imagination.
Cattelan notably revisited his 2003 sculpture “Stephanie,” in which supermodel Stephanie Seymour posed as a ship’s figurehead. The lifelike statue has now been revamped by Andy with the help of model Kendall Jenner, who seems to emerge from a white wall as she covers her bare breasts with her hands. Cattelan’s provocative sculpture, which he often referred to as “Trophy Wife,” made headlines in 2010 when it fetched more than $2.4 million during Phillips’ Carte Blanche auction.
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Andy and Jenner also reinterpreted several other artworks by Cattelan, including the $120,000 duct-taped banana that propelled the Italian provocateur to viral notoriety during Art Basel Miami Beach 2019. At the time, Cattelan duct-taped a banana sourced from a local Miami supermarket to the wall of the booth of the Perrotin gallery.
The work, titled “Comedian,” was later removed from the fair after drawing unsafe hordes of onlookers, who would flock to see, and take selfies with, Instagram’s favorite banana art. The infamous banana has been replaced by Addy in Garage’s latest “Unhinged” issue, with the fashion photographer striking the pose while he is duct-taped to a wall.
“In retrospect, the banana episode seems like a way to think about everything from fake news to viral fame to institutional distrust to wealth inequality. In the way that Jeff Koons was the artist of the glittery neon aughts, Maurizio Cattelan is the artist of our dystopian era. Like it or not,” Garage editor-in-chief, Mark Guiducci, said in a statement.
In addition to collaborating with Garage, Cattelan recently teamed with Marian Goodman Gallery for limited-edition porcelain LED light bulb-shaped in his likeness.
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💡 Marian Goodman Gallery is excited to announce a new edition, "Yes!" by Maurizio Cattelan. 💡 Yes!, 2019 Porcelain, LED lightbulb 7 x 5 x 3 3/4 in. (17.8 x 12.7 x 9.5 cm) Edition of 500 @MaurizioCattelan has been internationally recognized for his humorous and ironic works which provoke and challenge the limits of contemporary value systems. Recent exhibitions include Blenheim Palace, UK (2019), Kunsthistoriches Museum, Vienna (2019), and the Yuz Museum, Shanghai (2016). ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ The edition is accompanied by a signed and numbered certificate from the artist and available in either 110 (US) or 220 (EU) voltage. This edition will also be on view at our booth 211 at @FOGfair in San Francisco through January 19. .⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ .⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ** Please note the updated price of €750. ** For more information and to inquire, please visit the link in our bio. #MaurizioCattelan #FogFair
Currently on sale for €800, the humorous object is accompanied by a signed and numbered certificate from the Italian artist and available in either 110 (US) or 220 (EU) voltage.
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