#Paul McCarthy and #Calder / #Picabia: #PrivateView day at #HauserWirth Zurich!

Paul McCarthy: WS Asleep, Single (working title), 2013—2014 Bronze (Pic courtesy @HauserWirth)

Paul McCarthy – Spin Offs: White Snow WS, Caribbean Pirates CP    and

Transparence: Calder / Picabia

Hauser & Wirth Zürich
14 June – 25 July 2015

A unique mix of irreverence and contemplation: this is what’s going on right now at Hauser&Wirth in Zurich.

New works from sardonic American artist Paul McCarthy have landed at Limmatstrasse 270, a new body of works which will not fail to outrage us. Or seduce us.

At the same time, hushed dialogues between Alexander Calder (1898 – 1976) and Francis Picabia (1879 – 1953) will fill with sacred silence the other room, in what  apparently is a historic exhibition, made by the Swiss powerhouse in close collaboration with Calder Foundation.

Artemporary will join the preview today and go on reconnaissance for its readers…!

Below you can find two extracts of the respective press releases of the two events.

Paul McCarthy 'Spin OffsWhite Snow WS. Caribbean Pirates CP' Private View Invitation

Starting 14 June 2015, Hauser & Wirth Zürich will unveil new work by Paul McCarthy as part of the exhibition ‘Spin Offs: White Snow WS. Caribbean Pirates CP’. A series of vivid red bronzes mark the latest iteration of the White Snow series, while the Caribbean Pirates series features a monumental assemblage installation and new resin block sculptures.

The exhibition’s main title, ‘Spin Offs’, makes reference to the entertainment industry term classifying new products evolving from a popular programme or film. Casting familiar characters in unfamiliar guises, McCarthy takes the spin off to an artistic extreme. As the artist has said, ‘It’s a way of doing things: flip it around on itself so it’s a new world’. McCarthy usurps the well-known of popular culture both in forms and titling (Snow White becomes White Snow [WS], and Pirates of the Caribbean becomes Caribbean Pirates [CP]), to create a whole new world. (…)

For the full Press Release click here.

'Transparence CalderPicabia' Private View Invitation

Hauser & Wirth Zürich is pleased to present ‘Transparence: Calder / Picabia’, a historic exhibition that reveals, for the first time, the remarkable dialogue between Alexander Calder (1898 – 1976) and Francis Picabia (1879 – 1953), two great innovators of twentieth-century modernism. Featuring works that range from the late 1920s until the 1970s, the exhibition will create an interface between Calder’s radical exploration of transparency in sculpture and Picabia’s Transparences (Transparencies) and later paintings.

Working in close collaboration with the Calder Foundation to realise this unique exhibition, Hauser & Wirth once again revisits two artists who have been part of its history. The gallery’s very first exhibition in 1992 in Zurich brought together Calder’s mobiles and gouaches with the sculptures and paintings of his lifelong friend Joan Miró. Picabia, for his part, has been the focus of two historic exhibitions: ‘Fleurs de chair, fleurs d’âme’ in 1997 in Zurich and ‘The Nudes’ in 2006 in London. (…)

For the full Press Release click here.

Pics courtesy @HauserWirth