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Maurizio Cattelan

The Wrong Gallery, 2005

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Details

Lot 44
Wood, brass, steel, aluminum, resin, plastic, glass, and electric lighting
18.0 x 11.0 in (45.7 x 27.9 cm)
Edition of 2500
Unsigned

Location

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Description

The Wrong Gallery is a 1:6 scale reproduction of the New York’s smallest exhibition space. Measuring at an unprecedented one square meter, The Wrong Gallery was located at 516 A ½ West 20th Street in Chelsea from 2002 to 2005. Squeezed between renowned galleries in the thumping heart of New York’s contemporary art world, The Wrong Gallery parodied the canons of modern-day show spaces. Its exhibition program and artistic experimentations were conceptualized and directed by Maurizio Cattelan, Ali Subotnick and Massimiliano Gioni, and had over 30 exhibitions featuring works by Lawrence Weiner, Elizabeth Peyton, Paul McCarthy, and many more. Here, Maurizio Cattelan expertly renders, in miniature scale, the gallery which has since reopened in the Tate Modern.


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About Maurizio Cattelan

Known for his sarcastic and macabre style, conceptual artist Maurizio Cattelan (Italian, b. 1960) has a reputation for being a joker within the art world. Yet, his humorous approach to art often obscures his more serious efforts to explore societal norms and taboo topics. Influenced by Surrealism and Dadaism, his sculptures and installations have critiqued various art world and historical figures, including Pope John Paul II, Adolph Hitler, Emmanuel Lapin, and Cattelan himself. His work has been exhibited at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Centre Georges Pompidou, the Louvre, the Museum fur Moderne Kunst, the Guggenheim, and the Venice Biennale multiple times.