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AS PAUL MCCARTHY’S principal representative for many years, I read Sarah Thornton’s “Market Index” article on McCarthy’s work with particular interest. After an introduction to his early career, she states, “From 1992 onward, McCarthy had no shortage of exhibition opportunities in the US, but his sales were still sticky.” She goes on to cite Jeffrey Poe as one of a handful of gallerists to stage solo shows of the artist’s work in the 1990s, who states that it was difficult to sell the work, that “it took a European sensibility to blow it out of the box.” The suggestion here is that along came an enlightened European and the McCarthy market was transformed. This impression is patently false, as it ignores considerable aspects of McCarthy’s exhibition and sales histories.

The Luhring Augustine Gallery first exhibited McCarthy’s work in 1992, the same year as [LA] MoCA’s “

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