Maurizio Cattelan - Contemporary Art Evening Sale London Friday, October 12, 2007 | Phillips

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  • Provenance

    RS&A, London

  • Exhibited

    London, Gilbert Collection, Sommerset House, The Art of Chess, June 28 – September 28, 2003 (another example exhibited); New York, Luhring Augustine, The Art of Chess, October 28 – December 28, 2005 (another example exhibited)

  • Literature

    C. Phillips, ed., "The Art of Chess", British Chess Magazine, London, 2003, p. 47 (illustrated); C. Stewart, "Check out Chess Masterpieces", Timesonline, London, June 21, 2003; J. La Placa, "The Art of Chess",, July 21, 2003; G. Glueck, ‘It’s a Cast of Hundreds, from Hopper to Christo’, Art Review, February 25, 2005

  • Catalogue Essay

    Chess – a game, rooted in intellect, strategy, methodology and history – a game, through which Cattelan has reconfigured the appearance of a chessboard and has infused the idea of the game with a sense of humor. In Good versus Evil, Cattelan has personalised each chess-figure with a character from popular culture and history, translating tangible objects into recognizable figures and therefore transporting the game of chess to a level that becomes accessible on multiple levels. From active game to artwork – Good versus Evil presents the concept of chess as a ‘battlefield’ in which Cattelan’s visual play on psychological theories becomes the foundation for the work’s execution.

    “I’m not really sure satire is the key to my work. Comedians manipulate and make fun of reality, whereas I actually think reality is far more provocative than my art…if you think my work is provocative, it means reality is extremely provocative…”
    (M. Cattelan taken from N. Spector ,‘In conversation with Maurizio Cattelan’, London, 2003, p. 16)


Good versus Evil

32 hand painted porcelain and wooden chess figures.
Chessboard: 9 1/4 x 23 1/4 x 23 1/4 in. (23.5 x 59.1 x 59.1 cm); Dimensions of figures vary.
This work is from an edition of seven plus four artist’s proofs and is accompanied by a certificate of authenticity.

£120,000 - 180,000 

Sold for £150,000

Contemporary Art Evening Sale

Evening Sale
13 October 2007, 4pm