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Salt Lake City, Utah, USA

Birth year

Lives in
Los Angeles

Works in
Los Angeles

Current Exhibitions and Events
Jan, 2015 I never thought I'd see you again: Painting History
Marlborough Fine Art
Jan, 2015 Proper Nouns
Rachel Uffner Gallery
The George Economou Collection

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:

Nov, 2014 Freezer Burn
Hauser & Wirth 69th Street New York
Sep, 2014 The Nakeds
Drawing Room
Sep, 2014 Zero & Not
21er Haus
Sep, 2014 WS SC
Hauser & Wirth (Savile Row)
Jun, 2014 The Human Factor
Hayward Gallery
Jun, 2014 Retro·active: Performance Art from 1964–1987
Delaware Art Museum
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Marlborough Fine Art Rachel Uffner Gallery
Hauser & Wirth 69th Street New York Drawing Room
21er Haus Hauser & Wirth (Savile Row)
The George Economou Collection Hayward Gallery
Delaware Art Museum Patrick Painter Inc.
The Box Garage Museum of Contemporary Art
Portikus 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
Moderna Museet - Stockholm Kestnergesellschaft
Museo de Arte Contemporáneo MAC - Universidad de Chile Bleecker Street Arts Club
Perry Rubenstein Gallery Galerie Micky Schubert
Park Avenue Armory La Biennale di Venezia (Venice Biennale)
Socrates Sculpture Park 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 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
Simon Lee 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 ESMOD
Gallery BMB 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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