Maurizio Cattelan (born 1960 in Padua, Italy), is a conceptual artist known for his subversive prankish displays. A retrospective presentation of his work, curated by Nancy Spector at the Guggenheim Museum in New York in late 2011 is a summary of everything the artist has produced since 1969, appropriately entitled 'All'. Each piece on show is hoisted up by rope, as if on gallows, hanging down from the iconic oculus of the Guggenheim's rotunda. Despite causing much controversy with his satiric critique of the art world and of society in general, Cattelan managed, for the most part to enthral rather than enrage his audience and his peers. His 'America' sculpture, a functioning solid gold toilet, which was installed in a restroom at the Guggenheim from 2016 to 2017, had many good-humoured visitors and caused a social media frenzy. The artwork, estimated to be worth more than $4 million, was later stolen from a restroom at Blenheim Palace in Oxfordshire, while on exhibition in 2019.
The book is illustrated with over 40 colour and black and white photographs; a catalogue of Cattelan's works (1988-2011), selected bibliography and selected exhibition history. It is in 'as new' condition, the cover being dark red faux leather. Front cover with embossed gilt representation of Cattelan's taxidermied horse. Title in gilt on spine.