Maurizio Cattelan, that lovably obnoxious art prankster from Italy has an insanely great retrospective at the Guggenheim, opening today.  All his bratty best are hanging here, from his meteor toppled pope (La Nona Ora 1999) to his carrara marble middle finger (L.O.V.E. 2010.) That work perfectly sums up Cattelan, whose career is one big funny "FUCK YOU" to religion, the government, and the art world itself. Even the mind-blowing mounting of this show continues that tradition. Everything is suspended from wire and scaffolding down the center rotunda of the Goog, looking like either the world’s most expensive children’s mobile, or as Cattelan himself put it, “sausages hanging in a shop window.”  You would be a fool to miss this show.

Can’t make it to NYC in time? Download the Maurizio Cattelan: All app, hosted by kindred spirit John Waters; or be ambitious and try to score tickets to MGMT’s performance at the Guggenheim on November 11.

Maurizio Cattelan: All
November 4, 2011-January 22, 2012
Guggenheim New York
1071 Fifth Avenue (at 89th Street)

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L.O.V.E., 2010
Not Afraid of Love, 2000
Stephanie, 2003
La Nona Ora, 1999

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