Maurizio Cattelan (b. 1960)
Pierpaolo Ferrari Toiletpaper 1 (2011)
Pierpaolo Ferrari Toiletpaper 2 (2011)
Pierpaolo Ferrari Toiletpaper 3 (2011)
Hailed simultaneously as a provocateur, prankster, and tragic poet of our times, Maurizio Cattelan has created some of the most unforgettable images in recent contemporary art. His source materials range widely, from popular culture, history, and organized religion to a meditation on the self that is at once humorous and profound. Working in a vein that can be described as hyperrealist, Cattelan creates unsettlingly veristic sculptures that reveal contradictions at the core of today’s society. While bold and irreverent, the work is also deadly serious in its scathing critique of authority and the abuse of power.