Untitled (BAR)
plexiglass, blue neon and stainless steel
59½ by 25¾ by 4¼ in. 151.1 by 65.4 by 10.8 cm.
Executed in 1997.

Price Available Upon Request

Galleria Neon, Bologna
Private Collection, Italy
Galleria Marsilio Margiacchi, Arezzo
Private Collection, Switzerland
Acquired by the present owner from the above

Bari, Stadio della Vittoria, Odisseo (Ulysses), May - June 1997, p. 33, illustrated
New York, Guggenheim Museum, Maurizio Cattelan: All, November 2011 - January 2012, no. 46, p. 208, illustrated in color

“I actually think that reality is far more provocative than my art…I’m always borrowing pieces—crumbs really—of everyday reality. If you think my work is very provocative, it means that reality is extremely provocative, and we just don’t react to it.” - Maurizio Cattelan

Maurizio Cattelan has been the art world’s premier enfant terrible from the earliest days of his practice, with a subtle sense of the paradox of transgression, pushing the limits of tolerance. Since the early 1990s, through its use of irony and humor, his work has provoked and challenged the limits of contemporary value systems. He teases the art world without ever falling into the naive trap of thinking he can subvert a system of which he is part.

Created in 1997 as Cattelan’s contribution to a group exhibition at Stadio della Vittoria in Bari, Italy, Untitled (BAR), is modelled after the generic signs commonly used in Italy to denote the site of a bar. Cattelan explored the signifiers that announce certain spaces and the ease with which these intentions can be confused and redirected. Hung outside the exhibition venue, the sign seemed to indicate the entryway to a bar, perplexing both those intending to arrive at an art space and those expecting to find refreshment. As a masterful provocateur, Cattelan seeks to subvert and disrupt established order, while questioning our own perceptions and most fundamental beliefs in the status quo.

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