Soft Cover, English, Thread Stitching, 196 Pages, 2004, Museion Bozen
Maurizio Cattelan's now-defunct Permanent Food is a magazine about other magazines. The 12th issue deconstructs 1970's celebrity culture with appearances by Donyale Luna, Veruschka, Marlon Brando and more.
The word appropriate can have two very different meanings depending on whether it is used as an adjective or a verb. In the case of Permanent Food, artist Maurizio Cattelan and Paola Manfrin's periodical of pilfering, it is the active usage of the word, and only the active usage, that is appropriate. Bound together in each issue is a thoroughly bewildering, amusing, grotesque, and blasª selection of images culled from anywhere, everywhere, and nowhere: a German electrical company's ad featuring Tom and Jerry; a trash-strewn airplane interior; a naked fashion model with wide tan lines; a detail of a Victorian dummy; super-tech eyelashes by MAC; a naked woman with her toes in a skeleton's eye and nose sockets; a Mapplethorpe photograph of two leather men; a sweet ceramic puppy; a snow field; a crashed VW beetle; and much, much more.