United States of America
04 Aug 1945 -
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.
digital tape (betacam) shown as single channel digital video, colour, sound
3/10 [edition of 10 + 2AP]
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
Gift of Geoff and Vicki Ainsworth 2006
Not on display
© Paul McCarthy. Courtesy of the artist and Hauser & Wirth.
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.).