Maurizio Cattelan

We is not simply a classic example of Maurizio Cattelan’s talent for striking pictorial creations that blend humor and horror, irony and discomfort; rather, the sculpture is also a testament to the virtuosity with which the artist incorporates his own persona into a critical re-reading of the history of contemporary art. In this case, We recasts Gilbert & George’s piece In Bed with Lorca (2008), a photograph showing the pair lying on the Spanish poet’s bed. By replacing the artists’ faces with wax masks bearing his own features, Cattelan creates a double self-portrait. In a way, Gilbert & George have become Maurizio & Cattelan - a transformation that brings to mind Alighiero Boetti’s decision, in the nineteen-seventies, to become Alighiero & Boetti.