Paul McCarthy's Low Life Slow Life is a two-part exhibition
curated by the acclaimed Los Angeles–based artist Paul McCarthy. It
showcases a wide range of artists and artworks related to McCarthy's
memories from his career, as well as a number of his own works. This
first part investigates McCarthy's student years in Salt Lake City in
the 1960s and his early career in the Bay Area during the 1970s. The
second part, to be presented in 2009, will focus on his years in Los
Angeles and map out the period from the mid-1970s to the present.
McCarthy's curatorial selections are eclectic and unconventional,
deriving more from his personal recollections than from any historical,
objective measure of artistic influence. The works on display range
from sculptures and paintings to magazines, books, artifacts,
memorabilia, films, videos, photographs, installations, and
reproductions or remakes of artworks that no longer exist or that
McCarthy only ever encountered as reproductions. The featured artists
will include such established figures as Henry Moore and Allan Kaprow
and lesser-known artists such as Wally Hedrick and Al Payne. An
extensive film program and a number of reenactments of historical
performance pieces will also be part of the exhibition.
Although McCarthy did not achieve international recognition until
the 1990s, he has been an influential figure on California's art scene
for more than 30 years. His early performance work of the 1970s
explored the body and sexuality. The intensity of these performances,
which often included graphic depictions of taboo sub-jects, eventually
led him to further explorations and exploitations of video and film,
special effects, and large-scale installations as he continually strove
to heighten the effect of his work. Today McCarthy is considered one of
the most influential living American artists.
LECTURE BY PAUL McCARTHY: Tuesday, February 12, 7 p.m.
FILM SCREENINGS: An extensive film program will accompany the exhibition, including films by Stan Brakhage, Bruce Nauman, Bruce Conner, Yayoi Kusama, Yoko Ono, Stan VanDerBeek, and Andy Warhol.
The lecture and film screenings take place in Timken Lecture Hall,
California College of the Arts, 1111 Eighth Street (at 16th and
Wisconsin), San Francisco CA 94107. All events are free and open to the
Paul McCarthy's Low Life Slow Life is curated by Paul
McCarthy and organized by Jens Hoffmann, director of the CCA Wattis
Institute, and Stacen Berg, assistant curator of the CCA Wattis