The gallery’s current online exhibition A&E Drawing Session, Santa Anita presents a new series of large scale drawings from McCarthy along with salient video content. This is on the occasion of the more sweeping survey exhibition Alpine Stories and other Dystopias now installed at Gstaad’s Tarmak 22 — comprising drawings, photographs, sculptures, and video work from the series Heidi, White Snow, Caribbean Pirates, and PROPO in a lively examination of McCarthy’s decades-long obsessions with both Disney “magic” and the mythology of the Swiss Alps. As it turns out, themes of purity and delusion, fantasies of whiteness and commerce, are rich in these overlapping spheres of imagery and iconography.

Paul McCarthy, HEIDI FILE, Interlaken, Grindelwald, Eiger, Jungfrau, 2000 (Courtesy of Hauser & Wirth)

Paul McCarthy, Red Deer, cibachrome on aluminum, 48 x 72 inches, 1991-2003. (Courtesy of Hauser & Wirth)

Paul McCarthy and Mike Kelley, Heidi, 1992 (video still). Courtesy of Hauser & Wirth

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