Paul McCarthy (Apple Tree Boy Apple Tree Girl, 2010)

At a height of more than 5 meters, Apple Tree Boy Apple Tree Girl is among the largest of McCarthy’s Hummel works. The Hummel figurines are the American equivalent of the European garden gnomes. Here a miniature Adam and Eve—too young to taste the apple from the tree of knowledge—are transformed into giant überkinder. Since the 1960s McCarthy has been employing at times drastic actions in spotlighting the excesses of American consumer culture. These striking sculptures expose the shameless commercialization of the child’s innocence. “It is a sublimation,” the art critic Gair Burton argues, “of the moment of mankind’s fall from grace and into the base world of commodities.”

PAUL MCCARTHY, USA, *1945, lives and works in Los Angeles

Courtesy of the artist and Hauser & Wirth

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