Visual puns, punchy metaphors, and avant-garde imagery from Italian art provocateur Maurizio Cattelan and fashion photographer Pierpaolo Ferrari…
The Museum of Modern Art has long supported Cattelan, a celebrated artist who is renowned for facetious sculptures and installations that poke fun at popular culture, history, and religion in a manner that is at once irreverent and bitingly critical. MoMA has many of Cattelan’s best-known pieces in its collection, and in 1998 his work was featured in the ongoing Elaine Dannheisser Projects series, which focuses on new art by rising talents. For the exhibition Cattelan presented an interpretation of Pablo Picasso and the impact his likeness has on the public. Known for his pranks, Cattelan traumatized museumgoers by hiring an actor to do an oversized Picasso mask and walk silently around the Museum, rattling coins in a paper cup as if begging for alms. The stunt, like much of Cattelan’s work, hovered between homage and a joke at the expense of grim-faced art critics.
The genesis of the Seletti Wears Toiletpaper suite came from Toiletpaper, the glossy publication founded in 2010 by Cattelan in collaboration with photographer Pierpaolo Ferrari. Toiletpaper contains no text, but combines slick photography with twisted narrative tableaux to create an explosively original journal that perfectly encapsulates Cattelan’s weirdness.
Below: A selection of Ferrari´s images. Press this link to view Toilet Paper Magazine (explicit content!!).
By: Sigve Aspelund