Paul McCarthy | the artist




The artist Paul McCarthy
Born 1945, Salt Lake City, USA.

Style and technique of the artist: Sculpture Objects, Performance Art, Video, Sydney Biennale,

“You may understand my actions as vented culture. You may understand my action as vented fear.”


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Blockhead and Daddies Bighead
What he does, the bacchanalian chaos he generates and the terror and lust he arouses in most onlookers, is the result of an exceedingly conscious oeuvre – 40 years of hard work. Even if his method and oeuvre leave room for improvisation and intuition, they are by no means the work of a madman – this is obvious to anyone who is familiar with him and his place in art history, but to the uninitiated visitor who is confronted with his work for the first time it can be worth pointing out. Nor are these the autobiographical attempts of a disturbed mind to come to terms with his own personal problems. Paul McCarthy’s works incorporate a sharp social critique, which focuses on social and cultural traumas rather than on private issues…
Paul McCarthy (USA, 1945) has been widely recognized since the 1990s for his large-format video installations and sculptures. Many of his works draw on the vocabulary of contemporary popular culture…
Works in the MOMA collection
Untitled, 1992/1993. From: Heidi
On the one hand Peter and Paul by Paul McCarthy is an ironical self-portrait of the artist, on the other hand it shows the naked body as a projection surface. Simultaneously, by the combination of the body and its mould, inside and outside are brought together..


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