Item description for Paul Mccarthy: Lala Land by John Welchman Elisabeth Bronfen...
To say that Paul McCarthy is a provocative artist is to make an understatement as gross as the artist's own infamous use of chocolate syrup and Santa Claus costumes. Since the late 1960s, McCarthy has pushed the boundaries of taboo through the media of performance art, sculpture, and video, aiming for ultimate catharsis via an inside-out journey through sticky layers of shock and provocation. In his early performance works, the artist used his own body as material, testing his physical limits amidst a mess of American condiments like mayonnaise and ketchup, plus a helping of fluids simulating bodily excretions. His attack on the values of the American way of life and on a society manipulated by the media continued into the 80s, when he began to produce mechanical sculptures that gradually replaced his own presence in the gallery. In the 90s, his ever expansive installations continued to break taboos in a theatrically drastic way, further exploring issues of violence and pornography, masturbation, birth, and death. LaLa Land is published in conjunction with the most extensive exhibition of McCarthy's work in Europe, which ran through the summer of 2005 at the Haus der Kunst in Munich. Included is the first published documentation of two new works on which the artist worked for several years, Pirate Project and Western Project, whose respective protagonists, pirates and cowboys, are drawn from common clichas and myths, as are so many of his characters. Here they are treated with McCarthy's characteristic irony and grotesque exaggeration. Complementing this documentation are video stills, drawings, and sculptures dating from the early 60s to the present, for an important overview of the artist's entire oeuvre.
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 13.46" Width: 9.45" Height: 1.5" Weight: 5.07 lbs.
Release Date Aug 15, 2005
Publisher Hatje Cantz Publishers
ISBN 377571653X ISBN13 9783775716536
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The perfect coffee table book for the slightly perverse and artistic... Feb 22, 2008
I saw this show when it was in London but I didn't want to fork over sixty pounds for the catalog at the time. Two years later, I track it down here on this site and I am very happy I did. The book is wonderful object on its own. It has a thick, padded cover that is very unique and interesting. I have had it sitting on my coffee table for a month now and it has started many stimulating conversations about art, popular culture, and other such horribly academic subjects. However, Paul McCarthy brings these conversation to the realm of the grotesque and perverse so they always stay interesting. The show the catalog documents was an amazing body of work, and the large, colorful images represent it well. From the drawings of severed penises, to the cross sections of pirate ships where the performances too place, this catalog shows Paul McCarthy at his greatest. Well, maybe not as great as giving birth to a Barbie Doll through a bagel vagina covered in ketchup and mayonnaise, but its still pretty good. I don't think anyone will ever top the bagel vagina.