Maurizio Cattelan: Be Right Back

Relishes a mischievous artist...the art is the star and Ms. Axelrod features plenty of it.


Maurizio Cattelan: Be Right Back

In Maura Axelrod's iconoclastic documentary, we meet the art world’s enfant terrible Maurizio Cattelan, one of the most successful—and controversial—artists of our time. His work is designed to offend and insult—he depicts a meteorite hitting the Pope, and he duct tapes his gallerist to the wall until the man faints. And yet, “the more he abuses people, the more popular he becomes,” as one subject puts it. The film documents Maurizio from his early days in poverty to his recent career-capping retrospective at the Guggenheim, with a few twists along the way. Axelrod's playful profile leaves no stone unturned in trying to figure out: Who is Maurizio Cattelan?
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Culture Vulture, Documentary, Art & Artists
Maura Axelrod

Once highly controversial, Maurizio Cattelan's famed sculpture of Pope John Paul II felled by a meteorite is now so embedded in the popular imagination that an image of it appears, animated, in the opening titles of HBO's 'The Young Pope.' But Cattelan himself is not as recognizable as his art; he's ...

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