‘Paul McCarthy: WS’ Turns a Magic Mirror on Excess

Paul McCarthy’s film-and-sculpture installation, “WS,” which fills the immense drill hall of the Park Avenue Armory, is basically a Yahoo epic, its satire framed in the language of Disney, Duchamp, 1950s suburbia, 21st-century greed and Craigslist pornography. The piece is grand and gross, with ambushing flashes of beauty and an X rating.

It’s also the larger of two McCarthy spectacles in town this summer, the other being “Rebel Dabble Babble” at the cavernous Hauser Wirth space in Chelsea. The ostensible theme of the Chelsea show, the making of the 1955 film “Rebel Without a Cause,” is specific.  But as with “WS,” the real subject is moral dysfunction played out on a cinematic scale.

Mr. McCarthy, who was born into a liberal Mormon family in Salt

Article source: http://www.nytimes.com/2013/06/28/arts/design/paul-mccarthy-ws-turns-a-magic-mirror-on-excess.html

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