Contemporary Art, Chelsea, Art, The Two Percent, NYC, New York City

Snow White & The Smashed Dwarfs

Raw Spinoffs Continuations by Paul McCarthy

Hauser & Wirth Gallery, NYC. Ends 14 January 2017

White Snow Dwarf, Happy, 2016, Bronze by artist Paul McCarthy

White Snow Dwarf, Happy, 2016, Bronze by artist Paul McCarthy

What it is:
The Seven Dwarfs are sculpted PERFECTLY in clay - 6 feet tall each... and then they're smashed to bits... and then they're cast in bronze.  The gallery hosts BOTH the clay (red) versions AND the bronze (grey) copies in a massive space. 

White Snow Dwarf, 2016, bronze & clay versions by artist Paul McCarthy

White Snow Dwarf, 2016, bronze & clay versions by artist Paul McCarthy

Why it matters:
This is THE most impressive bronze casting I've ever seen... not only is the clay is perfectly identical to the bronze, but so are the "bases": the wheels, the wood, and EVERY splinter and drip and piece of tape. It's simultaneously destructive and completely perfect. And most importantly:

RIP: 511 W 18th
The #1 reason to see this show: This building will be torn down after this show.  No one has said "destroyed" yet, but I don't see how they'll put a 10 story, 60+ unit building on top of it.

In the 80's, this space was a roller disco (Yes that's Andy Warhol skating there in the photo above).  And most famously it was the site of the Roxy (above right) that closed in 2007.  

The gallery will move to 22nd street (it already has a temporary space there), but make sure to get one last look at this historical space.

Paul McCarthy @ Hauser & Wirth Gallery, 511 W 18th St  -->Link

 

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