Paul McCarthy takes New York . . .

harry j. weil
May 10, 2013 3:12AM

When I was growing up, I loved the word "poop." I would run around the house in my He-man underwear screaming it with delight, much to chagrin of my mother. 

Fortunately, Paul McCarthy has made "poop" acceptable in the rhetoric of contemporary art. His wildly satirical, and often scatological, videos, performances, and installations has endured for nearly six decades. 

Hauser & Wirth will devote its entire spring program in New York City to McCarthy. The three shows, as the press release explains, includes‘Paul McCarthy: Life Cast’ and ‘Paul McCarthy: Sculptures,’ which will open to the public on May 10th at the gallery’s East 69th and West 18th Street locations, respectively. And in June, ‘Paul McCarthy and Damon McCarthy: Rebel Dabble Babble,’ a large scale video projection and installation, will open at 18th Street. Click HERE for more information.

 There will also be TWO public art installations: (1) ‘Sisters’ (2013) will stand at 17th Street right on the banks of the Hudson River (between Pier 57 and the Sports Center at Chelsea Piers), and  (2) an 80-foot tall inflatable sculpture ‘Balloon Dog’ (2013) on Randall’s Island (part of the Frieze New York art fair).

BUT WAIT, THERE'S MORE! McCarthy will take over the Drill Hall of the Park Avenue Armory, with ‘WS,’which is billed as "a dark and magical forest" installation featuring soaring trees and "a three-quarter scale exact recreation of the house where the artist grew up."  

Mazel Tov Paul!

harry j. weil