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Maurizio Cattelan

Maurizio Cattelan is an Italian hyperrealist ‘art worker’, now living and working in New York, USA. He is known for his satirical sculptures which manage to be simultaneously comical and serious. Cattelan is seen as the jester of the art world. This is exemplified in his first solo exhibition in 1989, where he closed the gallery and hung up a sign which read ‘be back soon’. In 1996, he was almost arrested for theft, as he planned to create a ‘readymade’ exhibition, using a collection of work from another artist under his own name. Whilst humorous, his works have an underlying critical nature, which make them unsettling and hard to forget.