June 9, 2020

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Rafael Esquer

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Bedtime Stories, the New Project by Maurizio Cattelan at the New Museum

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Image © Maurizio Cattelan Bedtime Stories is a digital project presented by the New Museum. The well timed project was initiated by controversial artist Maurizio Cattelan who is mostly known, as of lately, for the banana he duct-taped to a wall during Art Basil Miami Beach last December. Yes, the …

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Image © Maurizio Cattelan

Bedtime Stories is a digital project presented by the New Museum. The well timed project was initiated by controversial artist Maurizio Cattelan who is mostly known, as of lately, for the banana he duct-taped to a wall during Art Basil Miami Beach last December. Yes, the same bananas that were selling for $120,000 each!

But no worries, this project doesn’t involve bananas neither will cost you a thing as anyone can access it free of charge at the museum’s website. The genesis of this project was a way of staying together during these days of isolation.

For Bedtime Stories, Cattelan invited friends, performers, and other artists he admired to read a selection from their favorite book. Artists can share a sentence, a passage, a chapter, a poem, or more. The list of artists reading bedtime stories is eclectic in artistic discipline, generation, and careers. It includes Marilyn Minter, Rashid Johnson, David Byrne, Iggy Pop, and Jordan Wolfson among many more. Joan Jonas reads a text written during the quarantine, Wu Tsang reads a chapter from Herman Melville’s Moby Dick, and Seth Price reads the book inside his head. I was pleasantly surprised to find artists reading in Spanish like the piece by Umberto Eco read by Gabriel Kuri and Celebración de la fantasía de El libro de los abrazos de Eduardo Galeano (Celebration of Fantasy from The Book of Embraces by Eduardo Galeano) read by Mexican conceptual artist Minerva Cuevas.

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Top from left: Abraham Cruzvillegas, David Byrne, Andra Ursuta, and Jordan Wolfson.
Bottom from left: Laure Prouvost, Minerva Cuevas, Nicole Eisenman and Sarah Nicole Prickett, and Seth Price.
All images © The New Museum

Indeed, Bedtime Stories a fascinating project where we have a rare opportunity not only to see another side of an artist, but also to discover beautiful, and perhaps off-the-beaten-path, literary material. Check the stories here.