a tale of a few cities


Peter Combe Parallels, Maurizio Cattelan: All, Guggenheim Museum, 2011/Stanley Kubrick, 2001: A Space Odyssey.

I couldn’t help but see the parallels.

Thanks to @Guggenheim for sending this blogpost into the Twittersphere, and to SFMOMA for featuring it on their blog.

Update Nov 28: Sadly the @Guggenheim Ow.ly link has now now fails since I changed my Blog URL a few days ago not realizing previous incoming links would fail. I did however get a hefty 1,000 very appreciated hits before the change.





2010 in review

Posted in stats by petercombe on January 2, 2011

WordPress.com mulled over how this blog did in 2010, and here’s a high level summary of its overall blog health:

Healthy blog!

The Blog-Health-o-Meter™ reads Wow.

Crunchy numbers

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The Louvre Museum has 8.5 million visitors per year. This blog was viewed about 78,000 times in 2010. If it were an exhibit at The Louvre Museum, it would take 3 days for that many people to see it.

In 2010, there were 280 new posts, growing the total archive of this blog to 780 posts.

The busiest day of the year was March 29th with 2,942 views. The most popular post that day was just my cuppa tea.

Where did they come from?

The top referring sites in 2010 were artfagcity.com, twitter.com/ebertchicago, huffingtonpost.com, facebook.comblog.berkeleyrep.orghyperallergic.com/5944 and en.wordpress.com.

Some visitors came searching, mostly for l’edizione di 3, somerset house, anish kapoor, maurizio cattelan, peter combe art, john baldessari, and paint chip art.

Attractions in 2010

These are the posts and pages that got the most views in 2010.


just my cuppa tea March 2010


Iran’s Ahmadinejad Prepares for Avatar Premier February 2010


8½, Altered Subtitles February 2010


Rush Limbaugh’s Penthouse For Sale – What About The Art? March 2010


The Goude, The Bad and The Awesome March 2010

Ulises Carrión/Pierpaolo Ferrari

Posted in Parallels, Photography by petercombe on August 27, 2010

Ulises Carrión, Self Portrait, 1979
Pierpaolo Ferrari, Maurizio Cattelan, (date unknown)

The Last Fountain

Posted in Art by petercombe on June 28, 2010

MarcAntoine Léval, Last Fountain, 2010, 65 x 102 x 26 cm


Ben Lewis, The Great Contemporary Art Bubble (Documentary Trailer)

Maurizio Cattelan, W(tf?) Magazine and the Artist Matthieu Lavanchy

(Digital Collage, Peter Combe, 2010: Cattelan snooping around Lavancy’s work for inspiration)


In February of this past year I wrote a post entitled omaggio? in which two very similar photographs were placed side by side. One photograph had no author attributed to it, the other photograph was featured in Maurizio Cattelan’s portfolio (Photographed by PierPaolo Ferrari, Styled by Camilla Nickerson, Curated by Dennis Freedmanin) for the November 2009 edition of W Magazine. The similarities of the two images were striking, so striking in fact, it lead me to believe that some serious poaching had gone on. A couple of weeks ago I discovered the beautiful work of Switzerland based artist Matthieu Lavanchy and was stunned to see that he was the artist responsible for the original.

Matthieu Lavanchy is a selected finalist in the Festival International de Mode et de Photographie, Hyères 2010. Mr. Schulmann or the Man in the High Castle (series) will be exhibited in Villa Noailles from April 30 to May 30, 2010. He lives and works in Switzerland.

Don’t get me wrong, I love Maurizio Cattelan’s work. Maurizio Cattelan is @MISTYGARDINER on Twitter.




top, Maurizio Cattelan (for W Magazine)LINK
Bottom, Artist Unknown Matthieu Lavanchy (from Epic Kludge) LINK


UPDATE: Bottom Photograph (detail) by Swiss artist Matthieu Lavanchy – Update Here >

Maurizio Cattelan for W

Posted in Art by petercombe on October 27, 2009

I really like Italian artist Maurizio Cattelan, he’s best known for his subversive, hyper-realistic sculptures—including depictions of Pope John Paul II being hit by a meteorite, a child-size Hitler kneeling in prayer and a horse suspended from a ceiling. Above is a sampling of his work for the current issue of W Magazine.

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