Artist_Paul McCarthy

18 Jul

Complex Shit

Paul McCarthy, the L.A. based American artist, has a career that spans the last 40 years and is one of the most controversial and fascinating artists of contemporary art. He’s widely known for his early performances involved with Barbie dolls and Vaseline. 

Currently he is making giant inflatable sculptures and exhibiting them worldwide. This piece, titled Complex Shit, was displayed over in Switzerland. One of the pieces of shit was picked up by the wind and eventually brought down a power line, broke a window, and ended up in the yard of a children’s home. 

“Giant dog turd wreaks havoc at Swiss museum

Inflatable artwork blown from moorings and brings down power line”

 The Guardian

To put it into perspective, the pieces of shit were each respectively, the size of a house.  Now that’s some complex shit.

Pig Island, his latest work organized by  Fondazione Nicola Trussardi, Milano (

Wax people queuing

McCarthy has transformed famous people such as Angelina Jolie, Liz Taylor, Elizabeth II, presidents, dancers, Santa Clauses into grotesque figures.

 His aim is to go to extremes with the  clichés of a moralist American culture, combining glamour with the “dark side” of the American Dream. He shocks and amuses people with the famous combination: politics and sex.

However, many people critique this type of work for example: 

How Far Is Too Far?   Contemporary artists have made work depicting graphic sexual acts, damaging property, injuring their own bodies, or paying others to alter theirs. But when does art cross the line from avant-garde to unacceptable? by Phoebe Hoban


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