Paul McCarthy, ‘C.S.S.C. Coach Stage Stage Coach VR experiment Mary and Eve’, 2017, Copenhagen Contemporary

Image rights: Paul McCarthy, C.S.S.C. Coach Stage Stage Coach VR experiment Mary and Eve (2017). Virtual Reality © Paul McCarthy and Khora Contemporary. Courtesy of the artist, Hauser & Wirth, Xavier Hufkens and Khora Contemporary CC6-8 Erik Parker, Switchstance Bay (2016). Courtesy of the artist and Khora Contemporary CC9-10 Christian Lemmerz, La Apparizione (2017). Courtesy of the artist and Khora Contemporary

About Paul McCarthy

Paul McCarthy is recognized for his provocative, some would say tasteless, performances, multi-media installations, and sculptures that irreverently fuse high and low culture in their biting but humorous critique of American mythology and accepted societal norms. Santa Claus porn videos, Hummel figurine parodies, and chocolate butt plugs are among McCarthy’s most well known pieces. For Train, Mechanical (2003-09), McCarthy created a pair of larger-than-life animated sculptures of George W. Bush mounting pigs from behind. “I'm interested in caricatures—from Miss Piggy to Popeye to Santa Claus—that are cultural fabrications,” McCarthy explains. “Santa is one that I've hung on to longer, that I repeat more. There's the whole thing of Christmas and consumption and commodity, and its relationship to capitalism and Western culture and Americana. The character itself is this roly-poly patriarch with a beard—almost a godlike figure.”

American, b. 1945, Salt Lake City, UT, United States, based in Los Angeles, CA, United States

Group Shows

Virtual Reality Art
New York,
Portable Art: A Project by Celia Forner
NextLevel Galerie, 
Museum Ritter, 
Schleswig, Germany,
Art with Chocolate
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