Paul McCarthy, ‘Kitchen Set’, 2003, NextLevel Galerie

with kitchen cabinets

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, Utah, based in Los Angeles, California

Group Shows on Artsy

5 Years at Heddon Street, Pippy Houldsworth Gallery, London
LAX 1992 Revisited (Edition), Galerie Krinzinger, Vienna
The Art of Chess, NextLevel Galerie, Paris

Fair History on Artsy

Hauser & Wirth at Art Basel in Hong Kong 2017
Hauser & Wirth at ARCOmadrid 2017
Hauser & Wirth at ART021 Shanghai Contemporary Art Fair 2016
Hauser & Wirth at Frieze London 2016