Must See Art: Paul McCarthy and Damon McCarthy: “Rebel Dabble Babble”

Posted by The G on June 21, 2013 under Artsy Fartsy, Encounters with G | Be the First to Comment

Photos by G.  Art by Paul and Damon McCarthy.

Rebel Dabble Babble

Rebel Dabble Babble

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.

Rebel Dabble Babble

Rebel Dabble Babble

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.

Rebel Dabble Babble

Rebel Dabble Babble

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.

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“Do It (Outside)” at Socrates Sculpture Park in Queens

Posted by The G on June 4, 2013 under Artsy Fartsy | Read the First Comment

Photos by G.  Various Artists.

The Socrates Sculpture Park in Queens

The Socrates Sculpture Park in Queens

Recently, the Happy Famous Artists were in town and they turned me on to the Socrates Sculpture Park in Queens.   Gail and I went on an urban adventure to sunny Queens and checked out a really cool exhibit entitled “Do It (Outside).”  [Side note: you can see more photos of this exhibit from Worley Gig, Happy Famous Artists or the official Socrates website by clicking the links above.]

Socrates by David Barry

Socrates by David Barry

A selection of artists (including Robert Ashley, Darren Bader, Nairy Baghramian, John Baldessari, Yto Barrada, Robert Barry, Jerome Bel, Mel Bochner, Minerva Cuevas, Tacita Dean, Elmgreen & Dragset, Tracey Emin, William Forsythe, Paul-Armand Gette, Felix Gonzalez-Torres, Douglas Gordon, Konstantin Grcic, Anna Halprin, Cristina Iglesias, Koo Jeong-A, Joan Jonas, Ilya Kabakov, Mike Kelley, Alison Knowles, Suzanne Lacy, Adriana Lara, Bertrand Lavier, Xavier Le Roy, Sol LeWitt, Lucy Lippard, Anibal Lopez, David Lynch, Christian Marclay, Enzo Mari, Paul McCarthy, Robert Morris, Bruce Nauman, Ernesto Neto, Rivane Neuenschwander, Albert Oehlen, Yoko Ono, Clifford Owens, Lygia Pape, Nicolas Paris, Michelangelo Pistoletto, Cedric Price, Tobias Rehberger, Pedro Reyes, Martha Rosler, Eszter Salamon, Tomas Saraceno, Peter Saville, Kazuyo Sejima, . Shimabuku, Gabriel Sierra, Andreas Slominski, Michael Smith, Nancy Spero, Hugo Suter, Anton Vidokle, Hannah Weinberger, Ai Weiwei, Franz West, Erwin Wurm) have  written out  instructions to be interpreted by other artists, performers, community groups, and the public, as you can see above.

"What Would Tracey Do" by Tracey Emin

“What Would Tracey Do” by Tracey Emin

If you are looking for a fun getaway from the hustle and bustle of Manhattan, take the N train out to Queens and enjoy this beautiful park with nice views of the city and in addition, if sculptures are your thing, you are walking distance from the Noguchi Museum (more to come on that).

David Lynch

David Lynch

Gail For Rent

Gail For Rent

Gail and I had fun interacting with the art on an extremely hot but gorgeous day.

G inside Konstantine Grcic art.

G inside Konstantine Grcic art.

“Do It (Outside)” curated by Hans Ulrich Obrist only runs through July 7, 2013, so don’t miss your chance to see and interact with a lot of great art.

Paul McCarthy

Paul McCarthy

Socrates Sculpture Park is located at 32-01 Vernon Boulevard in Long Island City and is open 365 days a year from 10 am to sunset.

“Sculptures” by Paul McCarthy at Hauser and Wirth

Posted by The G on May 15, 2013 under Artsy Fartsy | Be the First to Comment

Photos by G.  Art by Paul McCarthy.

Paul McCarthy at Hauser and Wirth.  Looks just like what you think it looks like

Paul McCarthy at Hauser and Wirth. Looks just like what you think it looks like.

If you are a fan of artist Paul McCarthy and you live in New York, you’re hitting the mother lode in May and June 2013.  Hauser and Wirth have two exhibits currently showing (and one will close and reopen with another in late June) and there additional sculptures and video installations on view.  Click on Hauser and Wirth’s website to get a full run down of what is happening and where.

Paul McCarthy at Hauser and Wirth

Paul McCarthy at Hauser and Wirth

As you can see from this photo, these sculptures are gargantuan in size and they are filled with McCarthy’s signature subversive imagery.  These aren’t the only two sculptures on display however.  There are many more on display and they need to be seen in person to really grasp the magnitude of how awesome this exhibit it.

Paul McCarthy

Paul McCarthy

“Sculptures” by Paul McCarthy is on display through June 1, 2013 at Hauser and Wirth’s new space in Chelsea (located at 511 West 18th Street).

As a bonus, this is what you get to look at as you enter Hauser and Wirth in Chelsea.

The entrance to Hauser and Wirth

The entrance to Hauser and Wirth

Penis Hat

Posted by The G on June 19, 2009 under Artsy Fartsy | 2 Comments to Read

Penis Hat by Paul McCarthy.  Photo by G

Penis Hat by Paul McCarthy. Photo by G

No, this work of art is not done by that famous Beatle Paul McCartney. It’s done instead by Paul McCarthy.  It can be seen in living color at the Museum of Modern Art in New York. Check it out!

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