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You can’t keep McCarthy down

“Are you the fucking artist?”: McCarthy's new video work

Paul McCarthy’s subversive and decidedly dark art may not have been to everyone’s liking in Paris last week: his 80ft lime green Christmas tree (or sex toy) was deflated by angry protestors in the Place Vendôme. But the mischievous Los Angeles-based artist is still determined to make his mark in the French capital. McCarthy’s “Chocolate Factory” installation is due to open 25 October at the historic Monnaie de Paris (Mint) opposite the Louvre; chocolate effigies of Santa Claus and Christmas trees will be mass-produced by the artist’s glamorous, blonde assistants in the palatial Salon d’Honneur of the Mint. The choccy Christmas trees are the same shape as the infamous, defamed public sculpture so visitors get to sample a mini version of the world’s most famous butt plug. But perhaps more confrontational is a new video and audio piece, inspired by an attack on the artist while he installed his work in the Place Vendôme, when a man slapped McCarthy and accused him of being degenerate. McCarthy can be heard shouting “Are you the fucking artist?” and “You dirty American”, which goes to show that no pugnacious Parisian is going to prevent this artistic provocateur from expressing his point of view.

Published online 24 Oct 14

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