Stephen Wilkes Photographs Performance Artist Paul McCarthy for NYT
The New York Times wrote a comprehensive piece on performance artist Paul McCarthy called "The Demented Imagineer" that examines his body of work and provides insight into his latest project "White Snow," a provocative reinterpretation of the classic fairy tale. For the article, NYT called on Stephen Wilkes to snap portraits of McCarthy and "White Snow's" cast. The main photograph pictures the entire cast amongst the artificial shrubbery of the forest with McCarthy in the center of it all. The rest of the photographs are portraits of the dwarves who are all sporting curious outfits of underwear over tights paired with college sweatshirts.
McCarthy's pieces have sold at Christie's for a record $4.5 million but outside of the art world, he is still largely unknown. 'White Snow" is about to change that. McCarthy's enchanted forest spans 8,800 square feet and includes a replica of the Salt Lake City ranch house he grew up in. The entire production promises to be the largest feat McCarthy has accomplished thus far. "White Snow" debuts at the Park Avenue Armory in New York on June 19th.