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Maurizio Cattelan: At It Again….

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Controversial Italian artist, Maurizio Cattelan, loved by as many as he is equally disliked by, is publicly practicing his provocative art once again. This time his target is the Milan Stock Exchange.

Art Info reports….

Maurizio Cattelan Flips the Bird at the Milan Stock Exchange“MILAN— For those who feel that Oliver Stone’s new “Wall Street” sequel offers too affectionate a portrait of the glitz and sleaze greasing the financial industry’s gears, a new work by Italian sculptor Maurizio Cattelan that has been unveiled outside Milan’s stock exchange may contain the required satirical bite. Titled “L.O.V.E.,” the 36-foot-tall work consists of a heavily veined hand with all of its fingers missing except for the middle one, which flips the city’s financial center the bird.

The Telegraph claims the work parodies a “Nazi gesture,” but many see the sculpture — on display through October 3 as part of “Against Ideologies,” a Cattelan retrospective also occupying Milan’s Royal Palace — as a spirited rebuke to the speculators who gambled the world into an economic crisis. Context is key, of course: when unveiled in maquette form last year at an X Initiative ceremony for Paula Cooper and John Richardson as a prize for wealthy donors, it seemed more a gesture to bite away (literally) at the hand that fed it. “

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Written by Jenifer Mangione Vogt

September 29, 2010 at 10:23 am

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