The First Art Newspaper on the Net Established in 1996 United States Thursday, October 2, 2014


Maurizio Cattelan's First Solo Show in the U.S. Since 2003 Opens at the Menil Collection
Maurizio Cattelan, "Ave Maria", 2007. Polyurethane and metallic parts, clothes, paint. Edition of 3 + 2 AP, edition 2/3. Dimensions variable - approx. 18 x 29 x 46 inches. Danielle and David Ganek. Photo: Attilio Maranzano.
HOUSTON, TX.- Born in the university town of Padua in 1960, Italian artist Maurizio Cattelan is known for his playful yet disconcerting use of materials, objects, and actions – and for manipulating their larger contexts and meaning. In his work the artist unleashes critiques on a range of issues, from nationalism and organized religion to art history and to the very concept of an art museum. Cattelan’s uncanny juxtapositions uproot and invert conventional understandings of the world around us.

Organized by Franklin Sirmans, the Menil’s curator of modern and contemporary art, the exhibition, Maurizio Cattelan, presents the U.S. debut of recent large-scale works and site-specific installations as well as four new works. The artist’s first solo show in this country since 2003, it also marks his return to sculpture. In Cattelan’s sculpture, the ability of images to embody social issues – social, political, moral -- is powerful. Cattelan’s free use of images in the public realm and consciousness is daring; as he once told The New Yorker, “I do not know exactly why, but it seems to me that images do not belong to anybody but are instead there, at the disposal of all.”

The 47th Venice Biennale (1997) established Cattelan’s significance as an Italian artist and heir to Arte Povera, which challenged art-making conventions by employing the most ordinary, “poor” materials. By combining the familiarity and accessibility of Pop Art and the unpredictability of Dada and Surrealism with iconic and controversial imagery (for example, corrupt Popes, headless horses, Nazi salutes), the disturbing aspects of Cattelan’s work are lightened somehow by their absurdities – while still being powerfully subversive.

For the last five years the artist has focused on publishing and curatorial work. Projects have included the 2002 founding of The Wrong Gallery (and its subsequent display at Tate Modern), and on collaborations such as Permanent Food (an occasional journal comprising a pastiche of pages torn from other magazines) and Charley (a series on contemporary artists). Cattelan also served as curator of the Caribbean Biennial in 1999 and the Berlin Biennial in 2006.

Deeply involved in the country of his birth and its history -- especially with regard to art and politics -- Cattelan functions in the world of global art and images. He lives in New York but maintains an apartment in Milan, where he began his career as artist-provocateur (and where he met Menil curator Franklin Sirmans, who at the time was working at Flash Art magazine).

Cattelan often first visualizes his works in two dimensions⎯seeing how it will look on the printed or digital page⎯perhaps because of the daunting figurative and literal weight of making sculpture. At the heart of his endeavors has been the desire to create a body of images that “lives in your head,” in the subconscious, which Cattelan maintains are triggered not so much by seeing his work in the flesh but rather through reproductions in print and on a computer screen. The creation of images, as opposed to physically tangible lasting objects, drives his artistic production, as evidenced by his statement in a 2005 interview in Sculpture: “It feels strange to talk about sculptures. It’s not so much a question of means as of images...More than anything else, I listen to the murmur of images.”

Cattelan’s work ranges in tone from the melancholic and contentious to the decidedly irreverent. This variety is manifest in the monumental and unsettling memento mori, Untitled (2007): a suspended taxidermied horse with its head buried in the wall. In a new sculpture for the Menil exhibition, Untitled (2009), the horse is prostrate. This horse, unlike the others in Cattelan’s oeuvre, is accompanied by language – a sign, protruding from the carcass, saying “INRI” (indicating the Latin phrase, Iesus Nazarenus Rex Iudaeorum -- “Jesus of Nazareth, King of the Jews”).

The Menil exhibition, which will remain on view for much of 2010, will focus on recent large-scale works first seen in Europe in 2007 along with recent sculptures. Cattelan has also created other works in response to his site visits to the Menil, which included the museum’s renowned Surrealist holdings. While a “solo” show, Maurizio Cattelan at the Menil is in a real sense also a group show, featuring a range of objects--mostly from the 1960s and 70s--that Cattelan, in collaboration with Sirmans, has selected from the Menil’s large permanent collection. Together, artist and curator have “raided the icebox,” harking back to a show by that name inspired by John de Menil: touring the Rhode Island School of Design (RISD) Museum’s storage rooms in 1969, de Menil suggested that an artist mine the collection to create an exhibition. For that task he suggested Andy Warhol, whose “Raid the Icebox I with Andy Warhol” was shown at RISD and then at the Rice University art museum, an institution then run by the de Menils in Houston. Coming full circle, Warhol’s work has now been selected by Cattelan for this exhibition.

Prints by Warhol (an artist, to Cattelan, “who proved that you can be revolutionary without being militant”) mingle with works by Robert Rauschenberg, Jasper Johns, Cy Twombly, Bruce Nauman, Ed Ruscha, James Lee Byars, and Francis Bacon. Because Cattelan’s lineage recalls the Arte Povera movement in Italy, the exhibition will also include several pieces by Alighiero e Boetti (on loan from a private collection), a mirror painting by Michelangelo Pistoletto (which until recently hung in John and Dominique’s Houston home), as well these artists’ forerunner, Lucio Fontana.

Cattelan’s work in particular represents an ideal link between the Menil’s past and present. By engaging living artists with the collection -- inviting them to keep “raiding the icebox” – the Menil continues to ponder the expanding role, engagement, and resonance of contemporary art at the museum.

Rather than filling a room by itself, Cattelan’s work will be exhibited throughout the museum: some quietly inserted into the nooks and crannies of Antiquities and Surrealist galleries, others more prominently placed, such as the monumental sculpture All (2007), installed in one of the largest galleries. Topping it all off, so to speak, is Cattelan’s Untitled (2003), depicting a “drummer boy,” which will be perched on the roof of the Menil’s Renzo Piano building (echoing the Gűnter Grass novel, “The Tin Drum,” the piece, to some observers, is an audible warning or call to arms).

Cattelan shares much with John and Dominique de Menil, including their binary foundations in America and Europe and a belief in the power of art to communicate beyond geographic boundaries. Cattelan’s presence at the Menil provides a nuanced vision that helps us understand the world at present. In 2010 Cattelan will extend the founders’ original intent, as prophesized in his statement, “I see that art has a great potential to refer to a broader debate, to go out there and reach an incredible audience.”

Menil Collection | Maurizio Cattelan | Franklin Sirmans |




Last Week News

February 11, 2010

Contemporary Art at Sotheby's Totals $84.8 Million, Well in Excess of Pre-Sale Expectations

Exhibition Explores the Egyptians' Beliefs about Life and Death and the Afterlife

Largest John Baldessari Retrospective Exhibition Ever Mounted in Spain

Gagosian Gallery Presents Chris Burden's First Exhibition in Rome in 30 Years

Rare Tiffany Stained Glass Windows on View for the First Time in Montreal

Thomas Ruff Debuts New Work in Sixth Solo Exhibition at David Zwirner

VIENNAFAIR: The International Contemporary Art Fair to be Held in May

Preparatory Drawings by Eduardo Arranz-Bravo at Franklin Bowles Galleries

Main Road of Jerusalem, from 1,500 Years Ago, is Exposed

New Exhibition will Celebrate the Work of Royal Photographer Marcus Adams

Kathryn Markel Fine Arts Presents Pam Anderson: Ghosts from a Middle Place

Yinka Shonibare's Fourth Plinth Ship To Set Sail in May

Two Major Donations to the Ogden Museum of Southern Art

Private Collection Paintings Complement American Holdings at the Hood

The Inspirational World of the Ancient Greeks Revealed at World Museum

National Portrait Gallery Unveils New Painted Portrait of Writer V. S. Naipaul

Interior Design Ben Kelly Presents Solo and Collaborative Work at Glasgow School of Art

MFA Houston's Bayou Bend Collection and Gardens Begins Dynamic New Chapter in Fall 2010

Artistic Director David Elliott Unveils Program Highlights for 17th Biennale of Sydney

Guggenheim Museum Announces Malevich in Focus: 1912-1922

February 10, 2010

Pop Life at Hamburger Kunsthalle Proves that Good Business is the Best Art

First Major Retrospective of Arshile Gorky in Europe for Twenty Years Opens at Tate

Museum Tinguely Recreates Legendary "Le Mouvement" Exhibition

Exhibition of Picasso Masterpieces Coming to Seattle this Fall

Christie's to Sell Exemplary English Walnut, Oak & Yew Furniture

Contemporary Auctions at Sotheby's and Christie's Aim to Cement Art Recovery

Red Dot Art Fair Returns Returns to NYC and Moves to Skylight

Overview of Joan Hernández Pijuan's Career Opens at Fundació Suñol

Leading Artists Donate Works for Auction in Aid of the Geoff Thomas Foundation

Bonhams to Sell Roman Bust that Links Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton

First Global Guide to Contemporary Art for iPhone and BlackBerry

Film Chronicles the Dramatic Struggle for Control of the Barnes Foundation

12-Year-Old Finds Painting and Family Makes Donation to the Gibbes Museum

New and Classic Works by Francoise Sullivan to Go on Display at AGO

Debbie Han Wins 2009 Sovereign Asian Art Prize

Serena Morton and Raye Cosbert Open New Gallery in London

Rio Ferdinand Joins Charles II and Lord Nelson as Heroes of National Portrait Gallery Campaign

New Exhibition Celebrates Renowned Artist's Birthday

Indianapolis Museum of Art Launches IMA Lab

February 9, 2010

Painting by Salvador Dalí, Made in the U.S., on Temporary Loan to the Dalí Foundation

Bob Dylan on Canvas: Exclusive Show of His Very First Works on Canvas

Nicolas Sarkozy's Father Exhibits Painting of Carla Bruni in Budapest

Gagosian Presents Major Group Exhibition Celebrating JG Ballard's "Crash"

Iran to Cut Ties with British Museum over Cyrus Cylinder Loan

Sotheby's Presents Its Second Sale of Turkish Contemporary Art

Anselm Kiefer Installation an International Coup for the Art Gallery of Ontario

Glasgow Art Fair 2010: Announces the 46 Selected Galleries

Celebrity Photographer Felice Quinto Dies at 80 in Rockville

Getty Announces Survey of Developments in Photographic Representations of Food

How Did Chinese Artists Learn and Practice Their Craft?

High Museum of Art Names Artist Renee Stout as David C. Driskell Prize Winner

Shaped by War: Photographs by Don McCullin at The Imperial War Museum

Charles Ryskamp's Romantic Drawings on View at the Yale Center for British Art

Yona Friedman, Thomas Lommée, and Navid Nuur Exhibiti at Stroom

Leiden University's Unique Photography Collection on View at the Hague Museum of Photography

Award-Winning Portrait Artist, Laurel Boeck, Starts Year with Another Honor

Provocative Kenyan-Born Artist to Tear Up Gallery Walls at AGO

Rare Collection of Woven Sculptures and Baskets Donated to Museum of Arts and Design

Guggenheim Foundation and Heirs Amicably Resolve Ownership of Malevich Work

February 8, 2010

First Major Retrospective of the Work of Der Blaue Reiter Ever Held in the Netherlands Opens

"Pep Art" Pioneer David Willardson and Marshall Swerman at Rebecca Molayem

Louisiana Museum Presents Exhibition from the Merzbacher Collection

Albert Müller: Paintings, Sculptures and Prints at Kunstmuseum Basel

Amber: Treasures from Poland on View at the Hunterian Art Gallery

Exhibition of Work by The Singh Twins Announced at the National Portrait Gallery

Genesis Publications Chronicles the Adventures of The Traveling Wilburys

MCA Chicago Presents Exhibition that Examines the Artist's Studio as Subject

Pop Art from the Collection of Valencia's IVAM Travels to Cuba

Cuban-American Artist Jorge Pardo to Exhibit at the Irish Museum of Modern At

Ariel Hassan to Show Works with a Degree of Theatricality at Greenaway Art

Kunsthaus Bregenz Presents Candice Breitz's Best Known Video Installations

Last Week to See Exhibition of Howard Hodgkin's Major Prints

Spectacular Digital Moving Image Installation for Canary Wharf Underground Station

Delaware Art Museum Presents Women Collared for Work

Bielefelder Kunstverein Opens Group Exhibition "In the Event of Suspicion"

Two-Person Exhibition Focusing on Ancestry, Nature, and Form at MACLA

New Exhibition by Robert Fuerer in the Purchase College Library

Lehman College Art Gallery Shows a Selection of Work by 21 Contemporary Artists

High Welcomes More than 100,000 Participants to Art Access Program

February 7, 2010

100 Years After the Death of Henri Rousseau, Fondation Beyeler Celebrates with Exhibition

Paintings by Swiss Artist Félix Vallotton at Michael Werner Gallery

Carsten Holler Presents New Series of Huge Complex Mushroom Replicas

Three Recent Works by Cy Twombly Showcased at the Portland Art Museum

Flamenco and Photography Celebrated and Interpreted at Aperture Gallery

Stunning, Large-Format Colour Prints by Steve Macleod Announced at Atlas Gallery

Record Attendance Marks Opening of 14th American International Fine Art Fair

First Solo Show in London in 5 Years for Kenneth Anger at Sprüth Magers

Hauser & Wirth to Present Subodh Gupta's Striking Work "School"

Exhibition Examines Waste and Recycling in Contemporary Art

Photographs at Auburn University Chronicle Destroyed Modernist Homes

Luhring Augustine Presents Guido van der Werve's Film Nummer Twaalf

Critical Survey of Marcel Dzama's Outrageous Work on View in Montreal

Exhibition of New Work by Indian Artist Jitish Kallat to Open at Haunch of Venison

Famed Fashion Photography of Richard Avedon on View at the Norton Museum of Art

Exhibition of Contemporary Art from Pakistan to Open at Pacific Asia Museum

Project by Artist Meschac Gaba on View at Centro Atlántico de Arte Moderno

Aspen Mays Explores the Relationship Between Science and Photography

Creative Time to Present a Theatrical "Action" in Times Square on Valentines Day

February 6, 2010

Christie's New York to Sell Major Works from the Collection of the Late Michael Crichton

Gauguin Tahitian Masterpiece on Sale at TEFAF Maastricht

Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art Receives Impressionist Collection

Wall with Maya Seignior Glyphs Discovered at Archaeological Zone

Design Installation Focuses on Objects that Relate to the Passing of Time

Gilbert & George Present First Major Exhibition in Spain After 10 Year Absence

Harn Museum of Art to Present Timely Exhibition "America at Work"

Over 2 Million Dollars Raised at Art Auction Benefiting Homeless Children

Painting of Haiti Capital to Sell at Bonhams to Aid Damaged Country

Photographic Exhibition Marks Centenary of Scott's Voyage to South Pole

Hamza Walker and Artur Zmijewski Win $100,000 Ordway Prize

Center for Fine Arts in Brussels Announces El Greco Exhibition

Masterpiece London Confirms Planning Permission for Former Chelsea Barracks

Jia Zhangke Retrospective at MoMA Presents Contemporary Chinese Films

Phillips Collection Examines Georgia O'Keeffe from a Fresh Perspective

Lehman College Art Gallery Shows Chinese Contemporary Art

SFMOMA Presents First U.S. Retrospective of the Work of Luc Tuymans

St. Stephen's Art Show, Once a Simple Hot Dog Stand, Now a Nationally Important Event

Birds of New York Opens at the New York State Museum

Tourists Visit Museums, Monuments Before Snow

Most Popular Last Seven Days



1.- Roman Emperor Augustus' frescoed rooms unveiled for first time after years of restoration

2.- First stage of the restoration of Leonardo da Vinci's 'Adoration of the Magi' completed

3.- Hollywood actor and 'Conceptual artist' Shia LaBeouf runs around Amsterdam's Stedelijk Museum

4.- Exhibition in Rome offers an original interactive journey to discover the city of Augustus

5.- Unique opportunity to see last two works by Rothko and Mondrian side by side

6.- Ai Weiwei explores human rights and freedom of expression in exhibition at Alcatraz

7.- UNESCO seeks answers from Egypt on more than 4,600-year-old 'damaged' pyramid

8.- International Center of Photography announces new Collections Center and Media Lab at Mana Contemporary

9.- British Museum explores the image of the witch and demonised female figures from 1450 until 1900

10.- 'Transformations: Classical Sculpture in Colour' on view at the Glyptotek in Copenhagen

Related Stories



Menil, Whitney, and Harvard Art Museums launch artists documentation program online archive

Cyprus to get back rare 13th-century Orthodox frescoes from United States museum

Houston's Menil Collection Announces Return of Byzantine Frescoes to Cyprus in 2012

Seeing Stars: Visionary Drawing from the collection on view at the Menil Collection

Exhibition of Rarely-Seen Drawings Explore Noted Sculptor, Tony Smith's Early Work at the Menil Collection

Vija Celmins: Television and Disaster, 1964-66 on View at the Menil Collection in Houston

David McGee's Ready Made Africans on View at the Menil Collection

Scholars to Present New Findings on Henri Rousseau's Media and Methods

The Menil Collection to Publish Jasper Johns Catalogue Raisonné

Exhibition at the Menil Collection Features Works Never Before Displayed in the Museum



Museums, Exhibits, Artists, Milestones, Digital Art, Architecture, Photography,
Photographers, Special Photos, Special Reports, Featured Stories, Auctions, Art Fairs,
Anecdotes, Art Quiz, Education, Mythology, 3D Images, Last Week, .

 

Founder:
Ignacio Villarreal
Editor & Publisher: Jose Villarreal - Consultant: Ignacio Villarreal Jr.
Art Director: Juan José Sepúlveda Ramírez - Marketing: Carla Gutiérrez
Special Contributor: Liz Gangemi - Special Advisor: Carlos Amador
Contributing Editor: Carolina Farias

Royalville Communications, Inc
produces:

ignaciovillarreal.org theavemaria.org juncodelavega.org facundocabral-elfinal.org
Founder's Site. The most varied versions
of this beautiful prayer.
Hommage
to a Mexican poet.
Hommage
       

The First Art Newspaper on the Net. The Best Versions Of Ave Maria Song Junco de la Vega Site Ignacio Villarreal Site