Photos by G. Art by Paul and Damon McCarthy.
The summer of Paul McCarthy in New York continues with a must see exhibit at the Chelsea location of Hauser & Wirth in Manhattan. Collaborating with his son (!!!!), the 18th Street gallery has been transformed by their joint exhibit “Rebel Dabble Babble.” The giant gallery features a mock ‘behind the scenes’ look at the alleged relationships that took place during the making of the movie “Rebel Without A Cause.” What you will see as you enter the gallery are movie theater sized projections of different scenes of sex acts, arguments, love fests and lots of disturbing images that will stick with you long after you’ve left the exhibit. The gallery was not fond of the use of photography, so let me try and set the scene for you: In the center of the gallery, the “movie sets” reside and on the walls of the gallery and inside the sets, the scenes, not in chronological order, are projected. When you get to the back room, you see a ton of still photos from the movie that the McCarthy’s have made.
Actor James Franco is in some of the scenes, playing James Dean– naturally. If you click to enlarge the second photo, you will see him shoving something up another guy’s ass! This exhibit is not for the squeamish or easily offended, and as I am neither of those things, I loved this exhibit and recommend you open your mind and check it out as well! These pictures do not do justice to the experience you will have in person, so make sure to visit Hauser and Wirth, located at 511 West 18th Street in Manhattan.
Here’s the rundown of where you can see all the Paul McCarthy exhibits during the summer, and I encourage you to check them out! “Rebel Dabble Babble” runs through July 26, 2013.
I had the chance to talk with Paul McCarthy at the opening night reception and he was very nice! Thanks Paul! Great show!