Paul McCarthy

Family Tyranny/Cultural Soup

Family Tyranny/Cultural Soup by Paul McCarthy

Artwork Detail

Paul McCarthy ritually oversteps boundaries with works that confront social taboos. 'Family Tyranny and Cultural Soup' are savage improvised parodies of sanitised TV sit-coms, starring artist Mike Kelley as the ‘son’ and McCarthy as a tyrannical and infantile father. McCarthy often features in his performance

videos, presenting himself as a primal subject in an unholy theatre of sex and violence. Corrupting the categories and distinctions that underpin our social order, McCarthy’s sinister comedies messily dissect popular culture and its inherent social conditioning.

Family Tyranny/Cultural Soup
Paul McCarthy
Production date
single channel video, standard definition (SD), 4:3, colour, stereo sound
15min 12sec
Credit line
Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, purchased 2005
Accession no
Other ID
X2005/15 Old Accession Number
Copying restrictions apply
International Art
Display status
Not on display

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