On view through the end of next week at Hauser and Wirth on 69th St. in New York City is White Snow, a new exhibition of drawings by Paul McCarthy. This exhibition features select pieces from a new body of work that makes reference to the popular German folk tale Snow White and the 1937 Disney classic, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs. For White Snow, the artist is exhibiting two unique bodies of drawings. Among the works included, are subtle drawings that references classic old master works with confidently gestured mark making that compose classic McCarthy figures adorned with large noises and embedded with metaphors and sexual references. The other body of work features more than a dozen large and boldly rendered drawings that range from seven to ten feet in dimension. These highly gestural works overlap McCarthy’s characters with manic mark making in color oil bar, overlaid with appropriated images which are collaged directly onto the surface. These works appear to be enlarged drawings from a sketch book, both personal and immediate.
These works provide a unique insight into the artist’s initial process for creating many of the works for which we have become familiar. While the drawings continue the artist’s exploration of American notions of purity and Hollywood generated fantasies, they also allow a glimpse into the artist’s own psyche and working practice.
Paul McCarthy is a internationally reconized artist that lives and works in Los Angeles, California. He is a graduate of the San Francisco Art Institute (1969) and the University of Southern California (1973). This year, the artist has exhibited with De Uithof, City of Utrecht, Netherlands, Salt Lake Art Center, Salt Lake City and Zacheta National Gallery of Art, Warsaw, Poland.