Because everyone’s in California right now, The Art Newspaper is also in California and decided to stop in on Paul McCarthy, and ask him about California.The resulting interview yields some interesting tidbits about Mr. McCarthy’s biography. At one point, for example, he hoped to enter the world of B-movies or a “Hollywood underground” that never materialized. One of the best bits, however, is what he has to say about New York:
There was always pressure to move to New York. A lot of artists did. I didn’t—partly because I had kids, and because we didn’t have enough money but also I wasn’t really interested in New York. I made this piece where I carried a keychain with a medallion that read: “I love New York,” and for ten years I wouldn’t go to New York. If I went to Europe, I wouldn’t fly into JFK as a type of protest against New York, a silly protest joke.
Many Observer writers regularly do a variation on this piece, but their thing is: they never leave Brooklyn on the weekends.