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Book Launch & Signing with Paul McCarthy & Damon McCarthy

Thu 11 Apr 2019, 7 pm

The Geffen Contemporary at MOCA

Celebrate the launch of Paul McCarthy and Damon McCarthy’s latest publications – ‘Caribbean Pirates’ and ‘Aftermath’ – at a book signing with the artists. The signing will take place at Hauser & Wirth Publishers’ booth (H12) at Printed Matter’s Los Angeles Art Book Fair at The Geffen Contemporary at MOCA.

‘Caribbean Pirates,’ the latest publication from Hauser & Wirth Publishers, is an immense two-volume artist book by Paul McCarthy and his son Damon McCarthy, presenting photographic documentation of ‘Frigate’ and ‘Houseboat,’ two works first begun in 2001 that take the lawlessness of piracy as a departure point. Exploring the ways bodies, sex, and violence all find themselves enmeshed in networks of cultural references – spanning from American consumerism to Disney and classical cinema – these works are an essential component of McCarthy’s acclaimed multidisciplinary practice, which merges performance, sculpture, photography, painting, video, installation, and virtual reality. The kaleidoscopic documentation of ‘Frigate’ and ‘Houseboat’ is accompanied by ‘Catching Mayhem by Its Tail,’ a new text by John C. Welchman.

‘Aftermath,’ published by Hesse Press, is a collection of photographs featuring inanimate objects from the shooting location for ‘DADDA Saloon,’ a film by Paul McCarthy, co-directed by Paul McCarthy and Damon McCarthy. Photographed as a document, the props and set create their own haunting resonance long after the filming has wrapped.

This event is free with the purchase of an opening night ticket to the Los Angeles Art Book Fair

Event location: The Geffen Contemporary at MOCA, 152 N Central Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90012

About Hauser & Wirth Publishers
Since its founding in 1992, Hauser & Wirth Publishers has presented unique, object-like books that encourage an understanding and appreciation of contemporary art. Its backlist comprises monographs, artists’ books, exhibition catalogues, and collections of artists’ writings – often bringing new and overlooked aspects of an artist’s creative practice into focus. By commissioning original, in-depth scholarship to give thoughtful insight into featured art objects, Hauser & Wirth Publishers aims to craft accessible and lasting records of the gallery’s exhibitions and artists’ work.

About Hesse Press
The Los Angeles based publishing house was founded by artists, Clare Kelly and John Wiese. Hesse Press focuses on making the LA art scene accessible through artist monographs that are published every fall and spring. Actively supporting the need for tangible and logistical support for artists in Los Angeles, the press provides partners with financial support through a micro-granting system, as well as providing creative design for the design and publication of art books. Hesse Press weighs the needs of artists, audience and wider community with equal importance within the context of carefully crafted but affordable books.

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