Lot 5: Paul McCarthy (b. 1945)

Christie's

November 8, 2011
New York, NY, US

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Description: Paul McCarthy (b. 1945)
Tomato Head (Green)
fiberglass, urethane, rubber, metal, plastic, fabric and painted metal base
height: 86 in. (218.4 cm.);
installation dimensions variable
Executed in 1994. This work is one of three unique variants (Green shirt, Black shirt, Burgundy shirt).

The two other variants of Tomato Head are in the Collection of Dimitris Daskalopolous, Athens (Burgundy) and the Ydessa Hendeles Art Foundation, Toronto (Black).
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Exhibited: Los Angeles, Rosamund Felsen, Tomato Heads, May 1994.
Berlin, Kunstlerhaus Bethanien, Tomato Head, February-March 1995.
Boston, Institute of Contemporary Art, Currents 95: Familiar Places, July-October 1995.
SITE Santa Fe, A Glimpse of the Norton Collection as Revealed by Kim Dingle, September-November 1996, n.p.
Toronto, Ydessa Hendeles Art Foundation, Portraits, May 1996-March 2007 (another example exhibited).
University of California, Los Angeles, Armand Hammer Museum of Art and Cultural Center, Sunshine and Noir: Art in L.A. 1960-1997, October 1998-January 1999, p. 6, no. 94 (illustrated in color).
Los Angeles, Museum of Contemporary Art; New York, New Museum of Contemporary Art; Nice, Villa Arsom and Tate Liverpool, Paul McCarthy, October 2000-January 2002, pp. 172-173 (illustrated in color).
Stockholm, Moderna Museet; Aarhus, ARoS and Gent, S.M.A.K., Paul McCarthy: Head Shop/Shop Head, Works 1966-2006, June 2006-February 2008, pp. 19, 28-29, 406-407 and 685 (illustrated in color, another example exhibited and illustrated in color).
Museo Guggenheim Bilbao, The Luminous Interval: D. Daskalopoulos Collection, April-September 2011, pp. 141-143 (another example exhibited and illustrated in color).

Literature: S. Kandel, "Paul McCarthy's Precious Bodily Fluids," Los Angeles Times, 12 May 1994, p. F. 12.
R. Rugoff, "The Garden of Uncanny Delight," Los Angeles Weekly, 13 May 1994, p. 31 (another example illustrated).
R. Rugoff, "Deviations on a Theme. Works by Paul McCarthy," Artforum , vol. 33, no. 2, October 1994, pp. 80-81 and 83 (another example illustrated in color and on the cover).
C. Temin, "'Familiar Places' at ICA: All Over the Map," Boston Globe, 28 July 1995 (illustrated).
B. Creasey, "Provocative Art Takes Center Stage," Citizen Journal, 3 August 1995, p. 11.
C. McQuaid, "Home Alone,' Boston Phoenix, sec. 3, 11 August 1995.
C. Giuliano, "Fresh Paint," Improper Bostonian, 30 August-12 September 1995 (illustrated).
W. Wilson, "Eccentric 'Glimpse' at Norton Collection," Los Angeles Times, 12 December 1995, p. F12.
S. D. Driedger, "A Passion for Art at the Cutting Edge," Maclean's, vol. 109, no. 36, 9 September 1996, pp. 50-51 (another example illustrated).
J. Villani, "Exhibit Takes Unconventional Approach," Albuquerque Journal, 22 September 1996, p. D2.
R. Rugoff, K. Stiles and G. Di Pietrantonio, eds., Paul McCarthy, London, 1996, pp. 78, 80-82, 156 and 160 (illustrated in color).
A. Gerstlet, "Art Attack," Los Angeles Magazine, November 1998, pp. 100-101 (illustrated).
J. Rosenberg, "Los Angeles--Paul McCarthy," Art + Auction, vol. 22, no. 13, November 2000, p. 202 (illustrated in color).
C. Knight, "Compellingly Sold by the Gross," Los Angeles Times, 14 November 2000, p. F6.
D. Harvey, "The McCarthy Era: The Institutionalization of Shrub Fucking," LA Weekly, 24-30 November 2000, p. 49 (another example illustrated).
M. Rush, "A Veteren For of Fakery With a Cattle-Prod Style," New York Times, 18 February 2001, p. 33 (another example illustrated in color).
G. T. Turner, "Paul McCarthy: Inside and Outside," Flash Art, vol. 34, no. 217, March-April 2001, p. 90 (another example illustrated in color).
L. Yablonsky, "Gross Point-Blank," Time Out New York, no. 285, 8-15 March 2001, p. 54 (illustrated in color).
M. Kimmelman, "Offering Beauty, and Then Proof that Life Goes On," New York Times, 30 December 2001, p. 35 (another example illustrated).
Provenance: Rosamund Felsen Gallery, Los Angeles
Acquired from the above by the present owner, 1994
Notes: Paul McCarthy (b. 1945)
Tomato Head (Green)
fiberglass, urethane, rubber, metal, plastic, fabric and painted metal base
height: 86 in. (218.4 cm.);
installation dimensions variable
Executed in 1994. This work is one of three unique variants (Green shirt, Black shirt, Burgundy shirt).

The two other variants of Tomato Head are in the Collection of Dimitris Daskalopolous, Athens (Burgundy) and the Ydessa Hendeles Art Foundation, Toronto (Black).
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