Besides the monographic retrospective dedicated to multidisciplinary practitioner Paul McCarthy, the cinema Aribau will host a marathon of video performance proposals created by the American artist between 1970s and 1980s.
For the second year in a row, LOOP Barcelona is collaborating with the Fundació Gaspar with the aim of expanding the Festival’s main focus to the present days. In the context of the monographic exhibition that the Fundació Gaspar will dedicate to American artist Paul McCarthy, the cinema Aribau will host an outstanding selection of video-performance pieces made by the artist during the 1970s and 1980, where he breaks the limits of painting by using his body as a brush or a canvas. McCarthy’s work criticizes the media and American society with a sarcastic and ironic language, penetrating the limits of sexuality, hypocrisy and the norms of the consumer society. The performances made by McCarthy use his body as a depository of social taboos generating a work that bothers and shocks the viewer and at the same time positions itself as a reference in the contemporary art scene.