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American artist Paul McCarthy creates sculptures artist Paul figuring animal/vegetable/human hybrids, Disneyesque installations and slapstick performances in a weird evocation of a national subconscious, The psycho-sexual desires and anxieties induced by the media and the built environment of contemporary America emerge in his collisions of plastic prosthetics and simulated bodily fluids. These have been variously deployed: through live actions, often documented on video, and more recently in outsized figures and...
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Overview

American artist Paul McCarthy creates sculptures artist Paul figuring animal/vegetable/human hybrids, Disneyesque installations and slapstick performances in a weird evocation of a national subconscious, The psycho-sexual desires and anxieties induced by the media and the built environment of contemporary America emerge in his collisions of plastic prosthetics and simulated bodily fluids. These have been variously deployed: through live actions, often documented on video, and more recently in outsized figures and artificial rural environments, combined in overtly sexual ways. McCarthy's work echoes that of European artists such as Joseph Beuys or the Viennese Aktionistes, but gives 'action art' a post-modern twist. This is the first comprehensive survey of over twenty years of work by a profoundly influential artist.
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If we are to see art as a mirror of society, the work of Paul McCarthy reflects all that is perverted, violent, and deranged in this world. Characterized by crawling around on hands and knees in specially built environments (e.g., Santa's workshop) and dousing his body in ketchup and mayonnaise, his performances repulse, but he remains one of the most talked-about artists today. Published in conjunction with a retrospective exhibition at New York's New Museum of Contemporary Art, this catalog documents over 30 years of McCarthy's art, including performance, installation, video, and photographic work. One of the strengths of this publication is the critical analysis provided by three highly regarded scholars. In comparison, the 1996 monograph from Phaidon Press's "Contemporary Artist" series of the same title offers performance scripts, interviews with the artist, and samples of his own writing. Both publications offer a plethora of color and black-and-white reproductions. Recommended for libraries with good contemporary art collections. Krista Ivy, Bryn Mawr Coll. Lib., PA Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
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  • ISBN-13: 9788881582105
  • Publisher: Charta
  • Publication date: 8/28/1999
  • Pages: 128
  • Product dimensions: 7.32 (w) x 7.27 (h) x 0.38 (d)

Meet the Author

Paul McCarthy was born in 1945 in Salt Lake City, Utah and he currently lives and works in Los Angeles. He studied at the San Francisco Art Institute and the University of Southern California. McCarthy's artwork was brought to public attention in the 1970s with his performance pieces and works in film. Since then he has experimented with sculpture, installation and inflatable objects.
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Table of Contents

Interview: Kristine Stiles 6
Mr. McCarthy's Neighbourhood 30
Pinocchio Pipenose Householddilemma 88
Nausea, 1938 (cut-up edit, Paul McCarthy, 1975/96) 98
Instructions, 1968-78 106
Meatcake, 1974 110
Class Fool, 1976 114
Vented, 1977-78 116
Grand Pop, 1977 118
Contemporary Cure All, 1979 120
Baby Boy, 1982 122
Heidi, 1992 126
There's a Big Difference between Ketchup and Blood, interview with Marc Selwyn (extract), 1993 128
Interview with Fereshteh Daftari (extract), 1995 138
Saloon, 1996 142
Chronology 144
Bibliography, List of Illustrations 159
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