03 April, 2019, 8:00pm EDT (Cipriani Wall Street, 55 Wall St, New York)
Maurizio Cattelan is one of the art world’s most charismatic and infamous figures. Since the 1990s, Cattelan has been celebrated for his lifelike sculptures that deploy figures from history, politics, and popular culture in provocative and hilarious scenarios. With his dark wit, Cattelan has produced some of the most memorable images in recent contemporary art—from his Pope struck down by a meteor and a cartoonish Picasso begging for change in front of MoMA to a child-sized version of the artist himself on a tricycle terrorizing visitors at the Venice Biennale. In addition to his work as an artist, Cattelan has also played the role of curator, gallerist, and magazine editor during his long and storied career. Following his 2011 retirement from the art world, Cattelan’s edition for the New Museum gala offers a rare opportunity to own a new work by the artist. The sculpture is the latest in Cattelan’s series of self- portraits, some of his best-known and most beloved works. OSCAR captures a carnivalesque image of present-day Cattelan rendered at approximately half size. Around his neck sits a gold toilet seat, a reference to his 2016 work America, in which a fully functioning solid gold toilet was installed in a restroom at the Guggenheim. This unique editioned work is a perfect example of Cattelan’s irreverent, self-deprecating approach to art.