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Paul McCarthy Exhibition "Pirates Stew Pot"

Hauser & Wirth unveils their new exhibition
From Thursday 26 May to Saturday 27 August 2022

For modern art in Monaco, the Hauser & Wirth gallery is a must. This summer, it is all set to unveil a bold new exhibition by the intrepid artist Paul McCarthy. 

 

McCarthy is widely considered to be one of the most influential and revolutionary US artists around today. Born in 1945 and raised in Salt Lake City, Utah, he established himself as a multifaceted artist early in his career, seeking to push the limits of painting by using unorthodox materials such as bodily fluids and foodstuffs. He has since become known for his visceral, often subversively humorous work in a wide range of media – from performance to photography, film, video, sculpture, drawing and painting. 

 

Paul McCarthy: Pirates Stew Pot’ marks the 20th anniversary of McCarthy’s Pirate Project. One of his largest bodies of work, the show highlights the artist’s dedication to this theme across multiple strands since 2001.

Information
  • Date: 26 May to 27 August 2022
  • Location: Hauser & Wirth Gallery
  • Times: Tuesday-Saturday | 10:00-18:00

Originally stemming from McCarthy and his son Damon’s fascination with Disneyland’s ‘Pirates of the Caribbean’ theme park attraction, the selection of works includes sculpture, drawing, video and photography, and explores the complex universe of the pirate theme.

McCarthy’s ‘pirate world’ offers an allegory of society, focusing on a range of unrestrained behaviours or forms of resistance: from unbridled greed, rampant commercialisation and social pretension to sadism, perversion, anarchism and corruption. Two decades after its inception, the work continues to be relevant in the context of current global conflicts for the way it addresses the links between violence, depravity and masculinity.

The artistic practice McCarthy has developed is transgressive, seeking to parody social hierarchies and cultural conventions and challenge the canon of art. Painting – especially the strong sense of American symbolism and machismo associated with Abstract Expressionism – was originally a target that McCarthy confronted by using, or evoking, unorthodox materials such as bodily fluids and foodstuffs. He has since become known for his visceral, often subversively humorous work in a wide range of media.

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