Paul McCarthy: Three Sculptures / Hummel (2 Volumes)
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Published on the occasion of ‘Paul McCarthy: Three Sculptures,’ a 2010 exhibition at L&M Arts, Los Angeles, this two-volume set presents large-format images of Paul McCarthy’s sculptures, along with critical and experimental texts and original artist’s writings. One of the texts, an essay by Diedrich Diederichsen, underscores how McCarthy ‘is concerned with specific confrontations and specific transgressions,’ an approach that runs through both ‘Hummel’ and ‘Three Sculptures.’ In ‘Hummel,’ Diederichsen expresses how McCarthy creates ‘sarcastic monuments’ that communicate the repression held within the kitsch figurines on which the artist modeled his works.
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.