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Paul McCarthy, White Snow Placemat, 2014, pencil on paper place mat, 9 1/2 × 14". From the six-part suite White Snow Placemat Drawing, WS, 2013–14.

Paul McCarthy

The Renaissance Society

Paul McCarthy, White Snow Placemat, 2014, pencil on paper place mat, 9 1/2 × 14". From the six-part suite White Snow Placemat Drawing, WS, 2013–14.

White Snow Placemat Drawings, WS, 2013–14, a set of six scallop-edged paper place mats, each depicting an assortment of quickly drawn, naked, dripping, hairy figures engaged in various acts of dominance or submission, set the tone for this simultaneously abject and exuberant show. The coffee and grease stains absorbed into the paper fibers of the place mats evoke bodily fluids discharged by the penciled figures inhabiting the indeterminate pictorial spaces that crowd the savaged found supports. These works were among the fifty-seven included in what was—somewhat unbelievably—Paul McCarthy’s first solo show in Chicago, staged as part of a four-month program of exhibitions and events organized in celebration of the Renaissance Society’s centennial anniversary. The show featured four large drawings hung amid a field of small, energetic works on paper, all culled from

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