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Paul McCarthy

Santa Chocolate Shoppe, 1997

Lithograph
22 1/2 × 19 1/2 in
57.2 × 49.5 cm
This is part of a limited edition set.
$4,000
location
Long Island City
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About the work
Signature
Signed, numbered and dated in pencil by the artist on the recto.
Publisher
Whitney Museum of American Art Editions
Paul McCarthy
American, b. 1945
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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.”

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About the work
Signature
Signed, numbered and dated in pencil by the artist on the recto.
Publisher
Whitney Museum of American Art Editions
Paul McCarthy
American, b. 1945
Follow

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.”

Paul McCarthy

Santa Chocolate Shoppe, 1997

Lithograph
22 1/2 × 19 1/2 in
57.2 × 49.5 cm
This is part of a limited edition set.
$4,000
location
Long Island City
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Want to sell a work by this artist? Consign with Artsy.
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