Contemporary Art Evening Auction

Contemporary Art Evening Auction

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Auction Closed

October 21, 07:16 PM GMT


500,000 - 700,000 GBP

Lot Details



b. 1960


three lead flagpoles, resin, fibreglass, fabric, rope and synthetic hair

figure: 130 by 50 by 55 cm. 51½ by 19⅝ by 21⅝ in.

each flagpole: 900 by 20 by 20 cm. 354¼ by 7⅞ by 7⅞ in.

Executed in 2004, this work is from an edition of 3, plus 1 artist's proof.

Massimo de Carlo, Milan 

Acquired from the above by the present owner in 2009

Francesco Manacorda, Ed., Maurizio Cattelan, Milan 2006, p. 12, illustrated in colour (installation view, I International Biennial of Contemporary Art, La Alegra de mis Sueños, Centro Andaluz de Arte Contemporáneo, Seville, 2004, edition no. unknown)

“I dealt with corpses, real ones, when I worked in a morgue, and they seemed so deaf, distant. Maybe it’s all that job’s fault, but when I think of a sculpture, I always imagine it like that, far away, in some way already dead. It has always surprised me when people laugh at some of my art works: maybe in front of death laughter is a spontaneous reaction.”

Maurizio Cattelan in conversation with Giancarlo Politi, ‘Killing Me Softly: A Conversation with Maurizio Cattelan’, Flash Art, Vol. 37, No. 237, July - September 2004, p. 92.