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Paul McCarthy

United States Born in: 1945 Masterpieces

A major actor in the contemporary scene, Paul McCarthy is an American artist, born in 1945. He studied art at the Utah University before joining the San Francisco Art Institute in 1969, a city which attracted him in his quest for experimental art.

Along the way, he came across great artists who inspired him, especially Robert Rauschenberg, Donald Judd, and Bruce Nauman. He drew inspiration from them for Pop Art and experimental cinema, a big contrast that merges in McCarthy's work.

A provocative artist with a reputation that precedes him, Paul McCarthy became famous through his sculptures and performances. His first works focus on the universe of car races and he assembled various elements like tanks and motors. But quickly he turned towards more subversive and aggressive work. His creations have become more sexual and address a delicate topic of body fluids.

Through public installations, his giant inflatable sculptures go through a quick ascent artistically and in the media. Directly inspired by the pure forms of Brancusi, like "Princesse X", his glib sculptures makes the spectators wonder. These might be ketchup bottles, feces, garden gnomes, or even an ambivalent Christmas tree, Paul McCarthy stands out due to his art and is talked about.

One finds decadent icons on unprecedented materials like skateboards but placed horizontally.

Except for the public areas, Paul McCarthy has exhibited at the Tate Modern in London, Monnaie de Paris, and contemporary art fairs like FIAC.

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Christophe Charbonnel, Eurydice III Semi monumentale, Sculpture

Christophe Charbonnel

Eurydice III Semi monumentale, 2021
47.2 x 18.1 x 19.7 inch


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Jenna Krypell

Chrome, 2019
46 x 64 x 3 inch


Karel Appel, From the Circus series. Flower Clown, Sculpture

Karel Appel

From the Circus series. Flower Clown, 1978
39.4 x 47.2 x 9.8 inch


Our recommendations Rodolph Planchais ROD, Joker ha ha ha, Sculpture

Rodolph Planchais ROD

Joker ha ha ha, 2020
61.4 x 50.4 x 7.9 inch


Thierry Virton, Szuwarski, Sculpture

Thierry Virton

Szuwarski, 2015
31.5 x 78.7 x 25.6 inch


Rod, Obsession, Sculpture


Obsession, 2018
75.2 x 48.4 x 16.1 inch


Our recommendations David Gerstein, Biking B, Sculpture

David Gerstein

Biking B, 1998
22 x 55.1 x 5.9 inch


Our recommendations Aldo Chaparro, Mx Black, July 27, 2020 12:45, Sculpture

Aldo Chaparro

Mx Black, July 27, 2020 12:45, 2020
37 x 58.3 x 9.8 inch


Our recommendations Dominique Blais, Entropê, Sculpture

Dominique Blais

Entropê, 2015
50.2 x 20.5 x 20.5 inch


Patrick Chappert-Gaujal, Sans titre, Sculpture

Patrick Chappert-Gaujal

Sans titre, 2010
76.8 x 27.6 x 2 inch


Our recommendations Jorge Mayet, Broken Landscape, Sculpture

Jorge Mayet

Broken Landscape, 2016
75 x 51 x 49 inch


Our recommendations Evrard & Koch, Hors Cadre #3.5, Sculpture

Evrard & Koch

Hors Cadre #3.5, 2018
54.3 x 38.6 x 9.1 inch


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