31 July 2012

BERLIN: TILTED VOYEURISM. PAUL MACCARTHY'S BOX

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Paul McCarthy "The Box" (1999), Courtesy Friedrich Christian Flick Collection, displayed at Neue Nationalgalerie, Berlin; Images: artfridge.de

Producing artificial chaos is one of Paul McCarthy's strengths: In his videos, installations and performances that he did since the 70s, there has hardly been any orderliness. And if there was, as in his sculpture "Dead H", McCarthy used it to criticise Minimalism. The artist strives for an obvious disclosure of the dark American soul - the rotten, decayed, brutal, pornographic - but in his current show at Neue Nationalgalerie in Berlin, he discloses his studio.
In his collage-installation "The Box" - a simulation of his LA based studio - viewers may get a peek into his 90 degrees tilted studio. Those who know his work a bit, will find traces of his props: Pinnocchio in the corner, a mask on the table, several video tapes. The overall work itself is a mirror to one of his strongest concerns: Voyeurism. A chaotic and intimate space that one cannot enter, nor leave (or, as in the museum: may not enter), but one can look at it from a secure distance.

The Box - Paul McCarthy
until 4th of November
Free Entry

Neue Nationalgalerie
Kulturforum
Potsdamer Stra├če 50
10785 Berlin
Opening Hours: Tuesday-Sunday, 10-18h, Thursday until 22h
Usual entry for the other show: 10/5 Euro

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