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PAUL MCCARTHY Paul gives adulthood a playfulness by creating a sculpture much like the childhood toy "Mr. Potatohead". But here he creates a surprise by also allowing the groin to be an area of play (where parts and appendages can be inserted or taken out). His limited use of color allows the scattered elements to come together as a whole and center on the large, distorted, tomato head.

PAUL MCCARTHY Paul gives adulthood a playfulness by creating a sculpture much like the childhood toy "Mr. Potatohead". But here he creates a surprise by also allowing the groin to be an area of play (where parts and appendages can be inserted or taken out). His limited use of color allows the scattered elements to come together as a whole and center on the large, distorted, tomato head.

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Paul McCarthy, Santa Butt Plug, 2007 Inflatable sculpture Installation view, Middelheim Sculpture Museum, Antwerp, Belgium, 2007 Photo: Philippe de Gobert

Paul McCarthy, Santa Butt Plug, 2007 Inflatable sculpture Installation view, Middelheim Sculpture Museum, Antwerp, Belgium, 2007 Photo: Philippe de Gobert

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Paul McCarthy - Static (Pink) - 2004-2009. "Yesterday all my troubles seemed so faaaaar awaaaaaay...Now it looks as though they're here to stay, oh, I believe in yesterday... F*ck, who gave me this pink putty sh*t?"

Paul McCarthy - Static (Pink) - 2004-2009. "Yesterday all my troubles seemed so faaaaar awaaaaaay...Now it looks as though they're here to stay, oh, I believe in yesterday... F*ck, who gave me this pink putty sh*t?"

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