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“Maurizio Cattelan Is Dead”

Triple Candie

“Maurizio Cattelan Is Dead: Life and Work, 1960–2009” was the most recent of a series of unauthorized homages organized by the Harlem gallery Triple Candie. In a general sense, these exhibitions investigate the ways in which an entity on the sidelines of the art world—one presumably without the right connections or very much money, and definitely without permission—might elbow its way toward the center or, at the very least, force a confrontation with art-world systems of status and access. More specifically, they seem to poke fun at certain key characteristics of the artists they present. Two previous shows covered, with a kind of reverence that was not immediately apparent in the cheekiness of the gesture, David Hammons and Cady Noland, both famously reclusive artists entirely unlikely to make work available for exhibitions such as these. Accordingly, these “retrospectives” featured

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