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1000 WORDS: PAUL McCARTHY

If politics acquaints a man with strange bedfellows, they become stranger still in the hands of Paul McCarthy, whose latest project, Piccadilly Circus, 2003, stars George W. Bush, Osama bin Laden, and England’s late Queen Mother (in triplicate). McCarthy filters Bush’s grave new world order through his trademark carnivalesque: Piccadilly’s protagonists wear clown shoes, speak in glossolalia, and cover one another with viscous goo. Exhibited last fall to open Hauser & Wirth’s new London space in a historic former bank, a listed Lutyens building on Piccadilly, the installation filled three floors; it featured a six-channel video projected onto the walls of the main hall, above wrecked teller booths and a slew of sticky props left over from the filming, which took place primarily in the bank itself. In a basement vault was a two-channel video shot in a replica of the actual bank vault, which

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