Paul McCarthy (b. 1945) was born is Salt Lake City, Utah and lives and works in Los Angeles. After attending the University of Utah, he received his B.F.A. from the San Francisco Art Institute, and his M.F.A. from the University of Southern California. McCarthy is widely considered to be one of the most influential and groundbreaking artists of today. McCarthy's works include performance, installation, film and ‘painting as action’ and through his artistic practice offers a critical analysis of the mass media and consumer-driven American society and its hypocrisy, double standards and repression. In the summer of 2013, McCarthy installed the largest and most ambitious to date film-and-sculpture environment, WS, at the Park Avenue Armory, New York. WS ran in conjunction with three solo shows of McCarthy's work at both Hauser & Wirth locations in New York City. McCarthy has presented solo exhibitions internationally at venues that include Hammer Museum, Los Angeles, California (2014), Park Avenue Armory and Hauser & With (2013), Neue Nationalgalerie, Berlin, Germany (2012), Kukje Gallery, Seoul, South Korea (2012), Salt Lake Art Center, Salt Lake City, Utah, US (2009), Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, US (2008), Stedelijk Museum voor Actuele Kunst, Ghent, Belgium (2007), Essl Museum Kunst der Gegenwart, Klosterneuburg, Austria (2007), Moderna Museet, Stockholm, Sweden (2006), Whitechapel Gallery, London, UK (2005), Tate Modern, London, UK (2004), Tate Liverpool, Liverpool, UK (2001) and MOCA, Los Angeles, California, US (2000).
Last updated: 24.09.2014