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Paul McCarthy: A&E Sessions
February 18 - April 10
Celebrated American artist Paul McCarthy continues to mine the depths of contemporary society in an exhibition of new drawings, paintings, and sculpture that confront and interrogate the entrenched psychological and emotional complexities of power and politics. Central to the exhibition will be large-scale drawings from McCarthy’s most recent project, “A&E.” An acronym for Adolf & Eva, Adam & Eve, and Arts & Entertainment, “A&E” evolved out of the artist’s film project “NV Night Vader” (2019-). Based on Liliana Cavani’s sadomasochistic erotic drama The Night Porter (1974), the work continues McCarthy’s critical delve into the origins of fascism, Hollywood, the contemporary art world, and the current political climate.
Paul McCarthy: A&E, EXXA, Santa Anita session(detail), 2020; at Hauser & Wirth, New York. © Paul McCarthy. Photo Fredrik Nilsen.