Paul McCarthy - Contemporary Art Evening Sale London Friday, October 12, 2007 | Phillips

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  • Provenance

    Galerie Hauser & Wirth, Zurich

  • Catalogue Essay

    The present lot Black and White Heidi belongs to a series of ephemeral photographs and collages McCarthy created in 2000. The work reinvigorated the artist’s renowned film Heidi which McCarthy created in 1991 in collaboration with fellow artist Mike Kelley. Referencing by title, character, and setting the famous 1880 Swiss children’s novel Heidi by Johanna Spyri, the scenery in McCarthy’s and Kelley’s Heidi is a departure from that which was depicted in the original idyllic story. A convoluted plot of social trauma and chaos, cultural terror and infiltration of obscure dark humor threads through the action of the characters of Heidi, the Grandfather and Peter the goat-herd. Black and White Heidi revives the nostalgic notions of a rural childhood much like his earlier work, Bavarian Dear, 1987 (cf. Figure 1) - abandoning us to amusement and bewilderment.


Black and White Heidi

C-print mounted on synthetic coated board.
70 x 47 1/2 in. (177.8 x 120.7 cm).
This work is from an edition of two plus one artist’s proof.

£20,000 - 30,000 

Sold for £28,800

Contemporary Art Evening Sale

Evening Sale
13 October 2007, 4pm