Paul McCarthy

— Video performances from the 1970s and 1980s

22 — 23 May 2017, 6 pm

Paul McCarthy, `Face Painting, White Line`,1972. Courtesy the artist and Hauser & Wirth.

Besides the monographic retrospective dedicated to multidisciplinary practitioner Paul McCarthy, the film 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 again collaborating with the Fundació Gaspar with the aim of putting in value the look of the back, in the present, with the video sample of the artist Paul McCarthy. The project brings together an outstanding selection of video-performance pieces made by the artist during the 70’s and 80′s that break the limits of painting using his body as a brush and even as a canvas. His 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 put 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.

Aribau Multicines Sala 2

Presentation by Paul McCarthy
Black and White III (79')
Color Compilation, 1974, duration 46: 21
Experimental Dancer, Edit #2, 1975, duration 19:25
Rocky, 1976, duration 21:30
Sailor's Meat - Sailor's Delight Edit #2, 1975, duration 44:20
Tubbing, 1975, duration 26:59
Class Fool - Split Screen, 1976, duration 32:13