Paul McCarthy,
John McCracken

January 22 - March 19, 2005


The works of West Coast artists John McCracken (b. 1934 in Berkeley) and Paul McCarthy (b. 1945 in Salt Lake City) have never been engaged in direct, exclusive dialogue in any single exhibition. At first sight, then, this juxtaposition of the two oeuvres certainly comes as a surprise. John McCracken and Paul McCarthy are among the most widely influential and most important artists of their generation. Their works are included in numerous international collections and are exhibited in renowned museums and institutions. Following solo exhibitions at the Tate Modern in London in 2003 and at the Van Abbemuseum in Eindhoven in 2004, Paul McCarthy has comprehensive shows planned for 2005 at the Haus der Kunst in Munich and for 2006 at the Moderna Museet in Stockholm in 2006. John McCracken’s work was shown in a large-scale solo exhibition last year at the S.M.A.K. in Ghent.

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About the Artist

Paul McCarthy is widely considered to be one of the most influential and groundbreaking contemporary American artists. Born in 1945, and raised in Salt Lake City, Utah, he first established a multi-faceted artistic practice, which sought to break the limitations of painting by using unorthodox materials such as bodily fluids and food. He has since become known for visceral, often hauntingly humorous work in a variety of mediums—from performance, photography, film and video, to sculpture, drawing and painting.

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