Art on Film – Maurizio Cattelan: Be Right Back

Directed by Maura Axelrod
Thursday 12 October 6:30pm
The Works, 891 South Tamiami Trail
$10 admission; Free for Museum donors and Ringling College students, faculty & staff
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Maurizio Cattelan: Be Right Back
In the documentary film Maurizio Cattelan: Be Right Back, filmmaker Maura Axelrod excavates Cattelan’s disruptive and indelible career as the art world trickster of our time. Cattelan shook up the contemporary art world beginning in the late 1980s with a series of action-based installations including his first solo show in Milan, in which he padlocked an empty gallery – barring entrance to critics and spectators – and simply hung a sign on the door that read “Torno Subito” or “Be Right Back.” Known best for his shocking photorealistic wax sculpture of Pope John Paul being felled by a meteorite and of child-size Hitler kneeling in prayer, Cattelan’s work is often wildly offensive and yet incredibly popular, selling for tens of millions of dollars at auction.

Featuring interviews from curators, collectors, art-world luminaries, the film builds a compelling picture of the conceptual artist and what makes him tick.

The Sarasota Museum of Art

The Works, 891 South Tamiami Trail

Letters from Brooklyn – #1

Our first conversation on the Achievements of Ringling’s most recent alumni that are currently living in Brooklyn, NY. A conversation between Daniel Miller and Sean Pearson.


I thought it would be appropriate to start our first conversation on the Achievements of Ringling’s most recent alumni that are currently living in Brooklyn, NY. 2012 alumnus Kyle Petreycik recently received the 2012 Outstanding Student Achievement in Contemporary Sculpture Award. His selected piece will be shown at the Grounds For Sculpture Fall/ Exhibition in Hamilton, New Jersey, and he will also be featured in the October 2012 issue of Sculpture Magazine. Some other alumni have received jobs working first hand in the art world. Christofer Degrer, another 2012 alumnus has been co-assisting and organizing events for Kreemart, a company that hosts collaborations between acclaimed pastry chefs and internationally renowned artists. They have worked on projects with Marina Abromovic, Maurizio Cattelan, and Richard Tuttle. Recently he has been working closely with the founder of Kreemart, Raphael Castroriano, in assisting with events for the Annual Whitney Art Party, where they worked with the performance artist Kalup Linzy. So far the amount of activity being generated by alumni is nonetheless inspiring. Many of us came to New York and left our expectations behind and gained new achievements in the process.

Best Regards,