"Words are just a way we communicate. Images are a way we communicate. And I couldn't figure out why they had to be in different baskets."
PREVIEW: Paul McCarthy in Season 5 of "Art in the Twenty-First Century" (2009)
McCarthy's video-taped performances and provocative multimedia installations lampoon polite society, ridicule authority, and bombard the viewer with a sensory overload of often sexually-tinged, violent imagery. With irreverent wit, McCarthy often takes aim at cherished American myths and icons—Walt Disney, the Western, and even the Modern Artist—adding a touch of malice to subjects that have been traditionally revered for their innocence or purity.