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Special Set, 2008-2011

Mixed Media

Set of three autobiographic volumes conceived by Maurizio Cattelan as both books and artworks. Hand written and illustrated, subsequently reproduced in offset printing, the books present the works and projects of the Italian artist with texts by Bice Curiger, Francesco Bonami, and Massimiliano Gioni. The pages are printed on one side only and are loose in a cardboard slipcase. Each volume has been published in an edition of 1000 copies. Includes the three volumes: Die/ Die More/ Die Better/ Die Again, The Three Qattelan, and The Taste of Others

16.90 x 12.70 in

42.9 x 32.3 cm

Edition of 1000
PRICE: $1,652
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    About The Work

    This special set includes three editioned books by Maurizio Cattelan:

    Cattelan, Die/Die More/Die Bettter/Die

    This publication conceived by Maurizio Cattelan is both a book and an artwork. Like Duchamp's Boíte-en-valise, it is a survey of Cattelan's work. The artist designed the loose pages to fit in a cardboard box; the hand-illustrated text and images emphasize the character of an artist's book.

    The Three Qattelan

    Continuing the story of Maurizio Cattelan's autobiographic ongoing series, The Three Qattelan is entirely edited and designed by the artist. In forty-nine pages of handwritten and illustrated text, subsequently printed in offset on the finest of Swedish papers, this book manuscript seeks out the original spirit of making books into artworks. This fusion of graphic, editorial, and concept is a hallmark of Cattelan's magisterial artistic style.

    The Taste of Others

    In The Taste of Others Massimiliano Gioni, Cattelan's longtime friend, recounts the many editions, and ephemeral projects spawned by the artist. In a tongue-in-cheek and magisterial style, perhaps not even penned by the author, and often writing about himself in the third person, Gioni demonstrates the delicate crossovers between friendship and work, the essential ingredients in the creation of an artist's opus. Though the text (once again hand-painted calligraphy subsequently typeset) and images—also painted in miniature form—takes on an authoritative tone, the knowledge that Cattelan has been the generator of this volume, in form and content, reveal his fluid entry into editorial, publishing, and other conventions usually not deemed "artistic."

    Courtesy of Three Star Books

    About Maurizio Cattelan

    From The Magazine

    • Die/ Die More/ Die Better/ Die Again Published February 2008 Concept and editing: Maurizio Cattelan Essay: Bice Curiger English translation: Catherine Schelbert Graphic design: Three Star Books Watercolors and calligraphy: Xinhui Li Book description: Format: 32.5 x 43 cm. - 12.7 x 16.9 inches 43 loose pages printed offset in six colors using Staccato screens with UV inks Paper: Munken Print Cream, 300 g/m2 Box: CPMC, Paris, recycled cardboard, embossed and foil stamped text and image printed and glued in plate sink Printing: Imprimerie Blanchard, Paris The Three Qattelan Published October 2010 Concept and editing: Maurizio Cattelan Essay: Francesco Bonami German translation: Bram Opstelten Publisher: Mélanie Scarciglia Text editor: Cornelia Lauf Copy editors: Mia Casale, Frances Horn Graphic design: Christophe Boutin Watercolors and calligraphy: Fu Site and Han Shafei Book Description: Format: 32.5 x 43 cm - 12.7 x 16.9 inches 49 loose pages printed offset in 5 colors Paper: Munken Print Cream, 300 g/m2 Box: CPMC, Paris, recycled cardboard, embossed and foil stamped text and image printed and glued in plate sink Printing: Fälth & Hassler, Sweden The Taste of Others Published October 2011 Concept and editing: Maurizio Cattelan Essay: Massimiliano Gioni English translation: Johanna Bishop Proofreading: Beth Turk German translation and proofreading: Bram Opstelten Graphic design: Christophe Boutin Watercolors and calligraphy: Fu Site Format: 32.5 x 43 cm - 12.7 x 16.9 inches 46 loose pages printed offset in 5 colors Paper: Munken Print Cream, 300 g/m2 Box: CPMC, Paris, recycled cardboard, embossed and foil stamped text and image printed and glued in plate sink Printing: Elanders, Sweden

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