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‘An Opera for Animals’ at Rockbund Art Museum Ocula Report ‘An Opera for Animals’ at Rockbund Art Museum 19 Jul 2019 : Penny Liu for Ocula

An Opera for Animals was first staged at Para Site in Hong Kong between 23 March and 2 June 2019, with works by over 48 artists and collectives that use opera as a metaphor for modes of contemporary, cross-disciplinary art-making. The exhibition's second iteration takes up a large portion of the Rockbund Art Museum (RAM) in Shanghai (22 June–25...

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Mandy El-Sayegh: Productive Ambiguity Ocula Conversation Mandy El-Sayegh: Productive Ambiguity

Moving across installation, painting, drawing, and writing, Malaysia-born and London-based artist Mandy El-Sayegh explores the political, social, and economic complexities of humanity, using a mosaic of information—from advertising slogans and pornographic imagery to newspaper articles—that she subjects to processes of layering,...

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Get Up, Stand Up Now: Generations of Black Creative Pioneers at Somerset House Ocula Report Get Up, Stand Up Now: Generations of Black Creative Pioneers at Somerset House 5 Jul 2019 : Jareh Das for Ocula

Get Up Stand Up Now: Generations of Black Creative Pioneers at Somerset House in London (12 June–15 September 2019) surveys more than half a century of black creativity in Britain and beyond across the fields of art, film, photography, music, design, fashion, and literature.Curated by Zak Ové, works by approximately 100 intergenerational black...

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Paul McCarthy

b. 1945, USA

During his 30-plus year career, Paul McCarthy (b.1954) has continually developed an utterly original and challenging oeuvre to become one of the most influential contemporary artists today. By working across and integrating various media-- video, installations, performance, sculpture and photography, he brutally undermines the saccharine myths and figures of contemporary culture by re-focusing them through his own extremist lens. This video compilation, The Black and White Tapes 1970-1975 gives DAFT its historical foundation. These videos showcase McCarthy’s earliest performance works and reveal the nascent development of the themes that mark the artist’s later works. In these videos McCarthy uses his own body as a tool to examine the process of making art: as a human paintbrush he drags himself across the floor while holding an open can of white paint; he violently whips the walls and pillars of his studio with a large paint-soaked sheet; often the artist uses his naked body, body parts, and body fluids in conceptual exercises. These performative acts can be overtly confrontational, as when he repeatedly spits directly onto the camera lens. Other pieces involve more subtle contradictions and inversions of objects, motion, light and shadow. Mccarthy’s work is characterized by transgressive performance art, psychosexual events that are intended to fly in the face of social convention, testing the emotional limits of both artist and viewer. McCarthy’s challenging pieces have captivated audiences worldwide and he is one of the most celebrated and recognized living artists. He has exhibited at prominent museums including: The Museum of Modern Art, New York, The Tate Modern, London, The Guggenheim Museum, New York and Bilbao, The Centre George Pompidou, Paris, The Hamburger Bahnhof, Berlin, The New Museum, New York, The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, The Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, and The Whitney Museum of American Art, New York.

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Featured Artworks

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Veil by Paul McCarthy contemporary artwork
Paul McCarthyVeil, 1970 Lightjet C-print
182.9 x 121.9 cm
Hauser & Wirth
Coach Stage Stage Coach VR experiment Mary and Eve by Paul McCarthy contemporary artwork
Paul McCarthyCoach Stage Stage Coach VR experiment Mary and Eve, 2017 Virtual reality, digital; between 5 min and 11 min
Xavier Hufkens
WS, White Snow Dopey Dopey Head, Five Feet by Paul McCarthy contemporary artwork
Paul McCarthyWS, White Snow Dopey Dopey Head, Five Feet, 2014 Black walnut
152.4 x 127 x 114.3 cm
Xavier Hufkens
C.S.S.C. Coach Stage Stage Coach VR experiment Mary and Eve by Paul McCarthy contemporary artwork
Paul McCarthyC.S.S.C. Coach Stage Stage Coach VR experiment Mary and Eve, 2017 Virtual reality, Disney Hotel carpet installation dimension variable
Hauser & Wirth
DADDA, Donald, Green Screen by Paul McCarthy contemporary artwork
Paul McCarthyDADDA, Donald, Green Screen, 2019 Lightjet print
152.4 x 101.6 cm
Xavier Hufkens
CSSC, Mary, Adam, and Eve by Paul McCarthy contemporary artwork
Paul McCarthyCSSC, Mary, Adam, and Eve, 2019 Lightjet print
101.6 x 152.4 cm
Xavier Hufkens
WS, Staueism, Masochism, Erection, Statueism, Frozen, Pose File, Spiritual Philosophy by Paul McCarthy contemporary artwork
Paul McCarthyWS, Staueism, Masochism, Erection, Statueism, Frozen, Pose File, Spiritual Philosophy, 2014 Acrylic paint and collage on panel with gessoed canvas
335.3 x 243.8 x 29.2 cm
Xavier Hufkens
White Snow Dwarf Head 3 - Original by Paul McCarthy contemporary artwork
Paul McCarthyWhite Snow Dwarf Head 3 - Original, 2010–2018 Clay, steel, wood
223.5 x 104.1 x 99.1 cm
Xavier Hufkens

Current & Recent Exhibitions

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Contemporary art exhibition, Group Exhibition, Personal Private Public at Hauser & Wirth, New York
Upcoming
10 September–26 October 2019 Group Exhibition Personal Private Public Hauser & Wirth, 22nd Street, New York
Contemporary art exhibition, Paul McCarthy, Mixed Bag at Xavier Hufkens, Brussels
Closed
25 April–25 May 2019 Paul McCarthy Mixed Bag Xavier Hufkens, 107 rue St-Georges, Brussels
Contemporary art exhibition, Paul McCarthy, Mixed Bag at Xavier Hufkens, Brussels
Closed
25 April–25 May 2019 Paul McCarthy Mixed Bag Xavier Hufkens, 6 rue St-Georges, Brussels

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Paul McCarthy puts Snow White (and himself) under the knife in Seoul Related Press Paul McCarthy puts Snow White (and himself) under the knife in Seoul Wallpaper* : 2 October 2017

Snow White was the original, archetypal Disney princess: she was the 'fairest of them all', she was cheerful and kind, and most importantly, she was as innocent as a lamb. Just as her allegorical name would suggest. Since Disney's 1937 film adaptation of the Brothers Grimm fairytale, she's remained one of the company's most popular characters....

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Shard lines: sculptor Sarah Sze makes a sharp turn to glass at Berengo Studio in Murano Related Press Shard lines: sculptor Sarah Sze makes a sharp turn to glass at Berengo Studio in Murano Wallpaper* : 11 May 2017

Sze has made her name with complex, large-scale installations using mundane found objects that often seem in a state of disintegration or coalescence, driven by forces largely unknown. Her works tackle time, memory, loss, the taxonomic urge and the distance between science and experience. 'A piece is finished when it is right at the edge of...

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Absent Snow White: Paul McCarthy at Hauser & Wirth, New York Related Press Absent Snow White: Paul McCarthy at Hauser & Wirth, New York ARTNews : 3 December 2016

You put the kids to bed, and you look around the room. What you see is either a battlefield or a junkyard. Toy sets are broken up, G.I Joe is consorting with Barbie, other action figures are dead, and you wince as you stomp on another Lego piece.Not quite as chaotic, but much more fun is Paul McCarthy’s show, which fills up Hauser &...

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Flying suitcases, mimes, and a collector's house: A quick spin through the Unlimited Section at Basel Related Press Flying suitcases, mimes, and a collector's house: A quick spin through the Unlimited Section at Basel ARTNews : 14 June 2016

The Unlimited sector of Art Basel is devoted to large-scale installation and works that “transcend the classical art show stand.” The name is a hyperbole—as it does contain walls at some points—but it can really appear endless when you first walk in. And the works inside are very, very big. That is the point of the whole...

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