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Whipping the Wall with Paint

1975

Dir. Paul McCarthy, Video B/W Sound 00:05:00

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From McCarthy’s Black & White Tapes, these early black and white performance tapes from the 1970s reveals the nascent development of the themes, the raw physicality, and the performance personae that mark McCarthy's well-known later works. In several pieces, McCarthy uses his own body as a tool to examine the process of making art: In the first, he becomes a human paintbrush as he drags himself across the floor while holding an open can of white paint; in the second, he violently whips the walls and pillars of his studio with a large paint-soaked sheet. [Source: Electronic Arts Intermix]