PAUL MCCARTHY "HEAD DROP" LITHO, 2006
Irreverent, perverted, playful and polemic - these are just a few of the words that can easily describe Paul McCarthy (b. 1945) one of California's most (in)famous artists.
McCarthy works in an array of media; installation, sculpture and works on paper. His aesthetic is frequently characterized by a arresting combination of humor, chaos, sexual hijinks and general freakishness.
Most recently McCarthy made global headlines with his colossal, inflatable "Tree" in 2014, outside the Louvre in Paris. The enormous sculpture, while vaguely reminiscent of a tree, overtly resembled a giant butt plug. Despite being deflated,vandalized and countless requests to have it removed McCarthy took it in stride.
This work, a rare multiple, is evocative of McCarthy's energy and aesthetic and his preferred motifs revolving around raw, unrelenting sexual aggression and bodily functions. "Head Drop" displays many of these motifs while commenting on the commercialism and the psychological affect of consumerism on the American, which is integrated in the vocabulary of this work.
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Signed, dated and numbered TP4 by the artist.
Lithograph, from an edition of 40
(Trial Proof 4)
30.5"H 22.5"W (work)
36"H 28"W (framed)