Maurizio Cattelan, the infamous Italian provocateur, made headlines recently with his live donkey at the Frieze Art Fair. When we visited for the press preview, the animal's caretaker offered us a freshly-made souvenir free of charge. Incidentally, it was a big weekend for Cattelan collectors. His controversial Hitler sculpture sold at Christie's for $17.2 million. And speaking of historical shits, you'll have to wait a little longer for Maurizio's solid-gold toilet at the Guggenheim. It's backed up–tee-hee. Apparently, the fine folks at Kohler are having some difficulties with fabricating the golden commode.
Since his "retirement" from the art world five years ago, Maurizio Cattelan has made a radical shift in medium, or career, or both? He's arguably as, if not more, famous now for his super-saturated magazine imagery than for his hyperrealistic, hyperoffensive sculptures. We thought it would be interesting to talk to Barneys Creative Director Dennis Freedman, the man who first chaperoned Cattelan to magazine land back in 2009. It was this ambitious photo spread featuring an "out-of-work" Linda Evangelista (weathering the height of the financial crisis in Oscar and a diamond choker) that would become the prototype for "TOILETPAPER".
After many, many, many lunches and lots of roundabout, nonlinear, open conversation, Dennis and Maurizio confirmed the model: