Rotating Around McCarthy

“Central Symmetrical Rotation Movement-Three Installations, Two Films” showing now through October 12, 2008 at the Whitney Museum are seldom seen works about rotation created by artist Paul McCarthy. McCarthy’s firmly conceived show, curated by Chrissie Iles, is being compared to California peers Robert Irwin and James Turrell, and films of Michael Snow and architectures of Vito Acconci, Bruce Nauman, and Dan Graham. Pieces like Bang Bang Room (1992), Mad House (2008), Spinning Room (2008) reflect roto-reliefs by Duchamp, primal enclosers by Francis Bacon, leaps into void by Yves Klein as well as connection with spaces like Disneyland and Winchester Mystery House. These novel works, though comprised of photography, video, and a rudimentary mask, are central to McCarthy’s vision. McCarthy’s deranged mixture of the unexpected and infantile are still present nonetheless, in this most recent exhibition..

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