Maurizio Cattelan

Palazzo Reale

Maurizio Cattelan first appeared on the scene around 1990 with nearly imperceptible performance actions that manifested a fear of failure and an intolerance of every constrictive system. In recent years, however, he has occupied increasingly visible terrain. Galleries and magazines—and also outdoor spaces—are among the arenas where Cattelan strikes to the heart of those “things” he often states he wants to touch upon: death, abandonment, forgetfulness, a sense of inadequacy or guilt, and a fascination with power and its refusal. These themes returned in this exhibition in Milan, organized around four works. L.O.V.E., 2010, stood at the center of Piazza degli Affari, facing the Milan Stock Exchange; it is a sculpture of a hand, thirty-seven feet high, with all the fingers chopped off except the middle one, which points upward. Made from Carrara marble and on a monumental pedestal, it is an

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