New York

Paul McCarthy, Bang-Bang Room, 1992, wood, steel, electric motors, linoleum, and wallpaper, dimensions variable.

Paul McCarthy, Bang-Bang Room, 1992, wood, steel, electric motors, linoleum, and wallpaper, dimensions variable.

New York

Paul McCarthy

Whitney Museum of American Art
99 Gansevoort Street
June 26–October 12, 2008

Curated by Chrissie Iles

Lest we forget Piccadilly Circus, Paul McCarthy's 2003 video performance as George W. Bush, a president who likes to get naked and paint with his face, the artist—who has also recently enjoyed both a traveling retrospective of his work, organized by the Moderna Museet in Stockholm, and his own curatorial coup at the CCA Wattis in San Francisco—will now take over the Whitney's third floor, further confirming the decidedly new world order. Timed to coincide with the museum's Buckminster Fuller exhibition, the presentation highlights McCarthy's affective relationship to built space, in the form of two early films and three architectural installations: Bang-Bang Room, 1992, which riffs on McCarthy's childhood home in Utah; Mad House, created specially for this exhibition; and Spinning Room, a fun house of mirrors and ontological dissembling conceived of in 1971 but debuting here.