The Wacked-Out World of Paul McCarthy

I can't talk any more.

I can't talk any more.

The internet has become an eternal shore for moving images of all kinds. A nimble search with creative keywords will almost always reveal compelling films and television episodes washing up in the hightidewhitenoise. Recently, we’ve been turning up a number of great art videos as well.

Quite by accident we just stumbled across this gem by Paul McCarthy. Here’s what Frieze Magazine has to say about “Painter”:

The Painter (1995) is a brilliant interrogation of the senility and late paintings of Willem de Kooning, complete with collectors and dealers puppet-mastering around him. It’s a video deploying, as so many of his videos do, the mise-en-scène of instructional television (from the Galloping Gourmet to Martha Stewart), but one in which the painter mumbles and cries: ‘You can’t do it anymore you can’t do it anymore.’ And later: ‘I can’t do this anymore.’ He means painting, he means art-making, he may mean life. At the end of The Painter the artist gets up on a table, pulls down his pants and a collector with a protuberant fake nose sniffs at his bare arse, McCarthy’s own.

Next to David Lynch’s own words on the subject, I don’t know if I’ve seen a more compelling externalization of the artist’s interior process than McCarthy’s.

Here’s a preview! Enjoy!

Visit Joe Nolan’s Insomnia to watch the entire video.

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  • Liquidself2004

    Have long been interested in his work; but the more I think about this video after having watched it, the more it seems like a simplistically viscious attack on a respected american painter. It is another “Death of Painting” or even “Death of Art” performance video, now using poor old De Kooning (whose work was always remarkable) as a way of elevating itself to a postion of branded “political” art. As usual these attempts are swallaowed by the art market faster than a 5 minute whore in the back room at the G20 summit. It seriously looks like agism now – its always been a sin to get old in america.

  • Liquidself2004

    Have long been interested in his work; but the more I think about this video after having watched it, the more it seems like a simplistically viscious attack on a respected american painter. It is another “Death of Painting” or even “Death of Art” performance video, now using poor old De Kooning (whose work was always remarkable) as a way of elevating itself to a postion of branded “political” art. As usual these attempts are swallaowed by the art market faster than a 5 minute whore in the back room at the G20 summit. It seriously looks like agism now – its always been a sin to get old in america.