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    Sale 7619

    Post-War & Contemporary Art Day Sale

    21 October 2008, London, King Street

  • Lot 329

    Maurizio Cattelan (b. 1960)


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    Maurizio Cattelan (b. 1960)
    Cibachrome print face-mounted on Plexiglas
    70 5/8 x 87 7/8in. (179.4 x 223.4cm.)
    Executed in 1999, this work is number one from an edition of ten

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    Extract from I Want to Be Famous - Strategies for Successful Living, Interview with Barbara Casavecchia, 1999

    Casavecchia: When you presented your last project at the Museum of Modern Art, New York (1998), you stated that Picasso was 'the greatest magician and entertainer in twentieth-century artistic practice'. Funnily enough, a couple of years ago critic Jeff Rian used exactly the same words to describe you. Who, then, were you really parodying in the work (Untitled), with that big mask of the venerable old Pablo's face?
    Cattelan: Well, I think Warhol really had the last word about that. It's difficult, as an artist, to admit you want to be famous. Being an artist has nothing to do with fame, it has to do with art, that intangible thing needing integrity. Nevertheless, I think one has to confess a desire to be famous, otherwise, one is not an artist. Art and fame are the expression of a desire to live forever, two things which are strictly interlinked.

    (reproduced in F. Bonami, N. Spector and B. Vanderlinden, (eds.), Maurizio Cattelan, London 2000, p. 133).

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    Artist's Resale Right ("Droit de Suite"). Artist's Resale Right Regulations 2006 apply to this lot, the buyer agrees to pay us an amount equal to the resale royalty provided for in those Regulations, and we undertake to the buyer to pay such amount to the artist's collection agent.
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    Marian Goodman Gallery, New York.


    F. Bonami, N. Spector and B. Vanderlinden, Maurizio Cattelan, London 2000 (another version illustrated, p. 133).
    Maurizio Cattelan, exh. cat., Basel, Kunsthalle Basel, 1999 (another version illustrated, on the cover).