The Phaidon Folio

9 of Paul McCarthy's Most Depraved, Disturbing, and Unforgettable Artworks

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9 of Paul McCarthy's Most Depraved, Disturbing, and Unforgettable Artworks
Paul McCarthy Pig Island, 2003-10

It’s not hard to come up with adjectives to describe the work of Paul McCarthy; words like “perverse,” “iconoclastic,” “disgusting,” and “brilliant” all leap to mind, as do phrases like “widely influential” and “taboo-bashing.” All such descriptors can be readily applied to these 9 works excerpted from Phaidon's newly expanded monograph Paul McCarthy, which feature some of the artist’s most notable (and visceral) works from the 1990s to today.  Whether you’re a longtime fan or are just now discovering the naughty delight of L.A.’s resident bad boy artist, these works are sure to make you feel…something.

 

THE GARDEN
1991-92

The Garden

 

SPAGHETTI MAN
1993

Spaghetti Man, 1993

 

SANTA CHOCOLATE SHOP
1997

Santa Chocolate Shop, 1997

 

PICCADILLY CIRCUS
2003

Piccadilly Circus, 2003

 

BOUND TO FAIL: PM HM SCULPTURE ON PEDESTAL
2003-4

Bound to Fail: Pm Hm Sculpture on Pedestal, 2003-4

 

PIG ISLAND
2003-10

Pig Island, 2003-10

 

CARIBBEAN PIRATES (WITH DAMON MCCARTHY)
2005

Caribbean Pirates (with Damon McCarthy), 2005

 

GAP
2009

Gap, 2009

 

COOKING SHOW WHITE SNOW (WS)
2012-3

Cooking Show White Snow (WS), 2012-3

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