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Paul McCarthy

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Salt Lake City, Utah, USA

Birth year

Lives in
Los Angeles

Works in
Los Angeles

Current Exhibitions and Events

Paul McCarthy is a contemporary American artist. Originally formally trained as a painter, McCarthy's main interest lies in everyday activities and the mess created by them. His work often seeks to undermine the idea of "the myth of artistic greatness" and attacks the perception of the heroic male artist. McCarthy has created several Christmas-themed works. Through them, he combines the dismal aesthetic and the real meaning of Christmas. Through this, McCarthy is able to stay close to the bottomless ground of creativity by accepting, even embracing, the one truly consistent strategy: failure.

Recent Exhibits

Paul McCarthy participated in these exhibits:

Feb, 2014 Re-View: Onnasch Collection
Hauser & Wirth 18th Street New York
Jan, 2014 Binding Desire: Unfolding Artists Books
OTIS Ben Maltz Gallery
Dec, 2013 down show show down
8. Salon
Dec, 2013 Karel’s Choice - Looking back at contemporary art
De Hallen Haarlem
Centro de Arte Contemporáneo de Málaga
Oct, 2013 State of Mind: New California Art Circa 1970
Smart Museum of Art, University of Chicago
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Hammer Museum Hauser & Wirth 18th Street New York
OTIS Ben Maltz Gallery 8. Salon
De Hallen Haarlem Centro de Arte Contemporáneo de Málaga
Smart Museum of Art, University of Chicago Kestnergesellschaft
Museo de Arte Contemporáneo MAC - Universidad de Chile Bleecker Street Arts Club
Perry Rubenstein Gallery Galerie Micky Schubert
21er Haus Park Avenue Armory
La Biennale di Venezia (Venice Biennale) Socrates Sculpture Park
Hauser & Wirth 69th Street New York Orange County Museum of Art (OCMA)
Ludwig Museum and Contemporary Art Museum ( Budapest) Palm Springs Art Museum
New Museum Palm Springs Art Museum in Palm Desert
The Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art The Box
Praz-Delavallade - Paris ICA (The Institute of Contemporary Art - Boston)
Museu d’Art Contemporani de Barcelona (MACBA) Fundació Joan Miró
MOCA Grand Avenue’s Ahmanson Auditorium MOCA (Museum of Contemporary Art) at Grand Ave.
Saatchi Gallery Hauser & Wirth Zürich
L&M Arts, Los Angeles Neue Nationalgalerie
Biennale Internazionale di Scultura di Carrara Altman Siegel Gallery
National Cultural-Art and Museum Complex "Mystetskyi Arsenal" Echo Park Film Center
Ullens Center for Contemporary Art Rubell Family Collection
Hauser & Wirth London Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions (LACE)
Shanghai Gallery of Art David Zwirner- 533 W. 19th
David Zwirner- 525 W. 19th David Zwirner- 519 W. 19th
Anna Kustera South London Gallery
Charles Riva Collection Martin-Gropius-Bau
P K M TRINITY GALLERY Galerie Bob van Orsouw
Yvon Lambert Gallery FordPROJECT
David Risley Gallery Loretta Howard Gallery
La Maison Rouge MOCA Geffen Contemporary
Gasworks Dilston Grove
Temporäre Kunsthalle Berlin Whitney Museum of American Art
Fondazione Nicola Trussardi George Krevsky Gallery
Luhring Augustine - Chelsea The Wall at In:Surgo! Berlin
Walker Art Center Gavlak
Gagosian Gallery - Britannia Street
Bass Museum of Art Luckman Fine Arts Complex
Nyehaus Lisson Gallery
Botanische Tuinen, Fort Hoofddijk Larissa Goldston Gallery
Museo Nacional de Arte MUNAL Mexico White Columns
MOCA Pacific Design Center Broelmuseum, NMBS Hall
Hamburger Bahnhof - Museum für Gegenwart MoMA (Museum of Modern Art)
Perry Rubenstein Gallery - W. 23rd St. The Center for Book Arts
Galerie Georges-Philippe & Nathalie Vallois Santa Monica Museum of Art
carriage trade CCA Wattis Institute
1301PE museum on the seam
Jail Gallery Five Thirty Three
project space downtown LA Domus Artium DA2, Center of Contemporary Art of Salamanca
Deitch Projects - Grand St. IKON Ltd.
Presentation House Gallery
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CCA Wattis Institute
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