Stockholm

Paul McCarthy, Meat Cake #1, 1974. Performance view, Pasadena, CA.

Paul McCarthy, Meat Cake #1, 1974. Performance view, Pasadena, CA.

Stockholm

Paul McCarthy

Moderna Museet | Stockholm
Skeppsholmen
June 17–September 3, 2006

Curated by Magnus af Petersens

“Head Shop/Shop Head” is the title of Paul McCarthy’s forthcoming survey, but “head shop” is more than an apt metaphor for any venue displaying the artist’s subversive paraphernalia and psychic landscapes, which have grown increasingly spectacular in recent years. It is also literal: McCarthy’s shop has long produced actual heads, both as sculptures and performance props. While last year’s exhibition at Munich’s Haus der Kunst highlighted the much-anticipated “Western” and “Pirate” projects, this show promises the most comprehensive overview of the artist’s career to date, with a complete archive of some sixty videos and thirty other pieces (including many of the aforementioned heads), as well as new works based on early Conceptual propositions. Iwona Blazwick, Thomas McEvilley, and curator Petersens contribute essays to the catalogue.