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Title

Painter

1995

Artist

Paul McCarthy

United States of America

04 Aug 1945 -

Alternate image of Painter by Paul McCarthy
Alternate image of Painter by Paul McCarthy
Alternate image of Painter by Paul McCarthy
Alternate image of Painter by Paul McCarthy
Alternate image of Painter by Paul McCarthy
Alternate image of Painter by Paul McCarthy
Alternate image of Painter by Paul McCarthy
Alternate image of Painter by Paul McCarthy
Alternate image of Painter by Paul McCarthy
Alternate image of Painter by Paul McCarthy
Alternate image of Painter by Paul McCarthy
Alternate image of Painter by Paul McCarthy
  • Details

    Date
    1995
    Media category
    Time-based art
    Materials used
    digital tape (betacam) shown as single channel digital video, colour, sound
    Edition
    3/10 [edition of 10 + 2AP]
    Dimensions
    duration: 00:50:01 min; aspect ratio: 4:3
    Signature & date

    Signed label on betacam master, black fibre-tipped pen "Paul McCarthy". Not dated.
    Signed l.l. certificate of authenticity, black fibre-tipped pen "Paul McCarthy". Not dated

    Credit
    Gift of Geoff and Vicki Ainsworth 2006
    Location
    Not on display
    Accession number
    288.2006
    Copyright
    © Paul McCarthy. Courtesy of the artist and Hauser & Wirth.

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  • About

    Performers/Participants: Paul McCarthy, Brian Butler, Sabine Hornig, Fredrik Nilsen and Barbara Smith

    Originally trained as a painter, Paul McCarthy currently uses video and sculpture as his primary mediums. Coming from the context of 1960s American ‘happenings’ and performance art, McCarthy’s work seeks to destroy boundaries of taste, tradition and public morality. In ‘Painter’ the mythology of the artist as hero is attacked in a grotesquely parodic performance that unambiguously points to the abstract expressionists. McCarthy said in a 1993 interview that his work came out of kids’ television in Los Angeles. Performing as the painter, McCarthy undermines pre-packaged ideas about the creative process by turning it into an absurdist soap-opera.

  • Bibliography

    Referenced in 3 publications

    • Dan Cameron, Paul McCarthy, 'The mirror stage', pg. 57-124, 2000, 59, 63, 180-183 (colour illus.).

    • Ulrike Groos, Paul McCarthy, videos 1970-1997, 'Painter', pg.142-146, 2003, 144 (colour illus.) 145-146. text in German and English

    • Magnus af Petersens, Paul McCarthy Head Shop/Shop Head, 'Paul McCarthy's 40 years of hard work - an attempt at a summary', pg. 9-23, 2006, 11, 21, 36, 37, 44, 45, 416-423 (colour illus.).

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