Paul McCarthy: Dimensions of the Mind. The Denial and the Desire in the Spectacle
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In June 1999, the Hauser & Wirth Collection opens to the public, presenting rotating exhibitions of selected works from the collection in a former locomotive shed or roundhouse, the so-called 'Lokremise', near St. Gallen's main train station. The first exhibition, curated by Eva Meyer Hermann, is 'Dimensions of the Mind: The Denial and the Desire in the Spectacle' in 1999, featuring new works by Paul McCarthy.
Paul McCarthy is widely considered to be one of the most influential and groundbreaking contemporary American artists. Born in 1945, and raised in Salt Lake City, Utah, he first established a multi-faceted artistic practice, which sought to break the limitations of painting by using unorthodox materials such as bodily fluids and food. He has since become known for visceral, often hauntingly humorous work in a variety of mediums – from performance, photography, film and video, to sculpture, drawing and painting.