Paul McCarthy is a performance artist, sculptor, and video artist originally from Salt Lake City. Inspired by the artists Allan Kaprow and Yves Klein, McCarthy explores themes of childhood innocence, adult sexuality, and the relationship between the two—often incorporating the human body and pop culture references. McCarthy received his BA from University of Utah in 1969 and went on to get his BFA in painting at the San Fransisco Institute of Art. He then studied film, video, and art at University of Southern California where he received his MFA. McCarthy has had exhibitions at institutions including The Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; Tate Modern, London; Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles; the New Museum of Contemporary Art, New York; The Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago; Haus der Kunst, Munich; Moderna Museet, Stockholm; Zachęta National Gallery of Art, Warsaw; Museo National Centro de Arte Reina Sofia, Madrid; and the Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris. McCarthy is represented by Hauser & Wirth, New York, London and Zurich.

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Paul McCarthy (American, b. 1945) is an artist whose work encompasses performance, sculpture, installation, and film. McCarthy studied art at the University of Utah, Weber State University, the San Francisco Art Institute, and the University of Southern California, Los Angeles. Drawing together Disney characters, B-Movies, Soap Operas, and comics, McCarthy’s works considers the grotesque underside of consumer-driven societies.

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Brancusi Tree (Silver), 2007
Self-inflatable mylar fabric with integrated fan
80 x 40 x 40 in (203.2 x 101.6 x 101.6 cm)
47 of 75
Courtesy of A Friend of Guild Hall

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Brancusi Tree (Silver)
  • Dimensions
    80 x 40 x 40 in (203.2 x 101.6 x 101.6 cm)