Projects

Paul McCarthy

Daddies Tomato Ketchup Inflatable (P13)

Paul McCarthy, Daddies Tomato Ketchup Inflatable, 2007. Installation view, ‘Paul McCarthy – Air Pressure’, De Uithof, City of Utrecht, Netherlands, 2009. Photo: Misha de Ridder © Paul McCarthy. Courtesy: the artist and Hauser & Wirth

Paul McCarthy, Daddies Tomato Ketchup Inflatable, 2007. Installation view, ‘Paul McCarthy – Air Pressure’, De Uithof, City of Utrecht, Netherlands, 2009. Photo: Misha de Ridder © Paul McCarthy. Courtesy: the artist and Hauser & Wirth

Widely considered to be one of the most influential and groundbreaking contemporary American artists, Paul McCarthy makes provocative video, performance, sculptures, and installations reflecting on social issues, popular culture, politics, history, and art. Like King Kong or Godzilla, McCarthy’s monumental sculpture, Daddies Tomato Ketchup Inflatable (2007), faces off with an urban skyscraper, distorting the familiar and destabilizing reality. In addition to engaging the site, the ketchup bottle circles back to some of McCarthy’s earliest performances and videos incorporating ketchup, such as Bossy Burger (1991), which will be screening in a room inside the skyscraper.

Paul McCarthy (b. 1945, Salt Lake City, UT) lives and works in Los Angeles. Recent solo exhibitions of McCarthy’s work have been presented at Zabludowicz Collection, London (2018); M Woods Museum, Beijing (2018); Fundació Gaspar, Barcelona, Spain (2017); Fondazione Giorgio Cini, Venice (2017); Henry Art Gallery, Seattle, WA (2016); Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University, Durham, NC (2015); The Renaissance Society, Chicago (2015); Volksbühne, Berlin (2015); Schinkel Pavillon, Berlin (2015); Economou Collection, Athens (2015); Monnaie de Paris, Paris (2014); and Park Avenue Armory, New York (2013). His work has been included in numerous international group exhibitions such as Like-Life: Sculpture, Color, and the Body (1300-Now), the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York (2018); The Everywhere Studio, Institute of Contemporary Art, Miami (2017); Sculpture in the City 2017, London (2017); Los Angeles: a fiction, Astrup Fearnley Museet, Oslo (2016); Don’t Look Back: The 1990s at MOCA; Geffen Contemporary at MOCA, Los Angeles (2016); America is Hard to See, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York (2015); The Human Factor; Hayward Gallery, London (2014); Take It or Leave It, Hammer Museum, Los Angeles (2014); Confusion in the Vault, Museo Jumex, Mexico City (2013); and Il Palazzo Enicolopedico, 55th Venice Biennale, Venice (2013); among many others. McCarthy earned a BFA in painting from the San Francisco Art Institute in 1969, and an MFA in multimedia, film and art from USC in 1973. For 18 years, he taught performance, video, installation, and art history in the New Genres Department at UCLA, where he influenced future generations of west coast artists and he has exhibited extensively worldwide. McCarthy’s work comprises collaborations with artist-friends such as Mike Kelley and Jason Rhoades, as well as his son Damon McCarthy.

Presented with Hauser & Wirth