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Unresolved Images, 1968-1971, 1998
21 silver gelatin prints on 4-ply matboard with handwritten vellum sheet and red, leatherette-covered handmade box, 8 1/4" x 10 1/4" x 1 3/4" closed, each photograph is 8" x 10", numbered, signed, and dated on vellum sheet
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Between 1968 and 1971, Paul McCarthy took a series of photographs which, while never printed, were used privately by him as references for later work. This collection of photographs comprises Unresolved Images, 1968-1971. Collectively, the photographs in this piece offer an astonishing look at the mind of McCarthy in the early years of his artistic development. The photographs are mounted on heavy board and are presented in a special box. They are accompanied by a vellum sheet with comments handwritten by McCarthy that instruct the viewer to handle the photographs "like a deck of cards," rather than framing or mounting them.
An internationally recognized artist, Paul McCarthy has been a prominent presence in the Los Angeles art scene since the early 1970s. He has influenced generations of younger artists through his multi- disciplinary artistic practice, which include film, video, performance, and photography, and as a professor at UCLA. In 1980 McCarthy presented two performances at Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions. His work has been exhibited worldwide, and he is collected in major international museums. Patrick Painter Inc. of Santa Monica represents him locally.