Paul McCarthy. Baby World. 1984

Paul McCarthy Baby World 1984

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McCarthy is best known for his elaborate performances. This monumental and expressive drawing is an extension of that practice, created on the floor of Edge Gallery in Fullerton, California. "It was an intentional decision," McCarthy said, "to do the drawing as an action." The artist's interest in childhood, sexuality, and the body are hightlighted by strong, forceful lines that recall the physical creation of the work, as well as the narrative development of the figures. Baby bottles, phallic forms, and various other images meld together in a frenzy of performative activity.

Gallery label from Here Is Every. Four Decades of Contemporary Art, September 10, 2008–March 23, 2009.
Medium
Charcoal and watercolor on paper
Dimensions
135 7/8 x 252 1/8" (345.1 x 640.4 cm)
Credit
Purchased with funds provided by Kathy and Richard S. Fuld, Jr.
Object number
384.2006
Copyright
© 2019 Paul McCarthy
Department
Drawings and Prints

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