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09.12.2009

 

Hauser & Wirth, New York : PAUL McCARTHY's WHITE SNOW or sodomy on paper

The Hauser & Wirth Gallery, New York presents WHITE SNOW by Paul McCarthy until 24 December.

The play on words does of course relate to the legendary German Snow White, who made her global breakthrough with a very chaste and innocent animation film version by Disney.

Paul’s version of the young lady is anything but chaste. She unabashedly lets the viewer observe her rather intimate poses, the dwarves also loose all innocence in her company. Long noses, wide eyes, phallus symbols generously distributed across the canvases….

A disturbing thought for a slightly prude and pornography-mad America – dark messages usually lurk beneath the sugar candy coated shell of traditional tales. These stories were written in a foregone age, when man did not think in terms of monthly bank statements, and wasn’t chained to the pains of bureaucracy.

“WHITE SNOW is a history, and some of that history is a self-portrait,” says Paul.

“The longer you live in the world the more you transpose present and past. At times, the past becomes the window you travel through, the window between the present and past, and things become more layered.

You aren’t in the past but you are thinking about it. This [work] is not just about the story of Snow White, it’s a story about a lot of things.

It’s about art, it’s a love story. I don’t have a concrete answer about what it is and I’m not looking for one. I don’t look for art to provide answers.

I do something and it takes me to the next thing and the next after that.”


Hauser & Wirth New York

24 December 2009
32 East 69th Street
New York NY 10021


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Hauser & Wirth New York : Paul McCarthy - White Snow

Hauser & Wirth New York : Paul McCarthy - White Snow

Hauser & Wirth New York : Paul McCarthy - White Snow

Hauser & Wirth New York : Paul McCarthy - White Snow

Hauser & Wirth New York : Paul McCarthy - White Snow

Hauser & Wirth New York : Paul McCarthy - White Snow

Hauser & Wirth New York : Paul McCarthy - White Snow

Hauser & Wirth New York : Paul McCarthy - White Snow

Hauser & Wirth New York : Paul McCarthy - White Snow

Hauser & Wirth New York : Paul McCarthy - White Snow

Hauser & Wirth New York : Paul McCarthy - White Snow

Hauser & Wirth New York : Paul McCarthy - White Snow

Hauser & Wirth New York : Paul McCarthy - White Snow

Hauser & Wirth New York : Paul McCarthy - White Snow

Hauser & Wirth New York : Paul McCarthy - White Snow

Hauser & Wirth New York : Paul McCarthy - White Snow

Hauser & Wirth New York : Paul McCarthy - White Snow

Hauser & Wirth New York : Paul McCarthy - White Snow

Hauser & Wirth New York : Paul Mccarthy - White Snow

Hauser & Wirth New York : Paul Mccarthy - White Snow

Hauser & Wirth New York : Paul McCarthy - White Snow

Hauser & Wirth New York : Paul McCarthy - White Snow

Hauser & Wirth New York : Paul McCarthy - White Snow

Hauser & Wirth New York : Paul McCarthy - White Snow