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Maurizio Cattelan

The Wrong Gallery, 2005

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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


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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

Maurizio Cattelan’s (Italian, b. 1960) practice explores the humorous and the dark with a particular inclination towards the taboo and the sacrilegious. He often cites works from art history’s past to relate a pity and comedic outlook on some of contemporary society’s most apparent hesitations. His works draw on comedic gesture, and bizarre proportion, as a means to recontextualize and reconsider their surroundings.