Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Paul McCarthy Draws the Other Side of Snow White at Hauser & Wirth New York

Paul McCarthy: WHITE SNOW
November 4 - December 24, 2009
Hauser & Wirth New York, 32 E. 69th St., New York, NY 10021

Hauser & Wirth New York will present WHITE SNOW, a group of never before seen pieces from a new body of work by Paul McCarthy, drawing upon the famous 19th century German folk tale 'Snow White' ('Schneewittchen') and commenting upon the modern interpretation of the story in Disney's beloved 1937 animated classic Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs.

The exhibit will be comprised of two sets of drawings made by the artist since late 2008. The first is a selection of diminutive black and white pencil works as detailed, atmospheric and unapologetically lovely as Old Master drawings. Here, Paul McCarthy develops his characters - the young Snow White masturbating in a solitary romantic reverie, various phallic-nosed dwarfs in a dither at the arrival of the beautiful stranger in their midst - as players in a sly yet poignant coming-of-age narrative packing a metaphorical wallop. The images touch upon myriad dark associations invited by the Snow White tale while simultaneously suggesting a love story with profound personal resonance for the artist.

By turns heartbreaking and wickedly witty, these intimate works provide the foil for a second set of images - more than a dozen massive drawings, ranging in height from 7 to 10 feet and incorporating pages torn from auction catalogues, illustrated books, tabloids and pornographic magazines. McCarthy created these enormous, fiercely gestural and unstintingly funny drawings through a performative process - walking around and into his picture plane, coming from different directions toward paper stretched out on specially constructed tables while intermittently speaking aloud "in a sort of trance", in a recorded monologue of words and sounds.

Read more on WHITE SNOW in the KiptonART Online Magazine.
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Image courtesy of Hauser & Wirth New York.
Paul McCarthy, Inside Her Ordeal, 2009, Oil stick, charcoal, and collage on paper, 127 x 81 in

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