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Whereas the Abundance painted by Makart and his predecessors was always conceived of as something beautiful, from the 20th century onwards the subject acquired a negative connotation – excess – associated with the rise of the consumer society. This can be found in the work of Paul McCarthy, who provides a commentary on the western lifestyle with its media madness and urge to consume. Christmas is a favourite subject of McCarthy’s, as can be seen from his large ‘Santa Claus’ and also from this smaller sculpture based on candy.

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Title Santa Candy Cane
Material and technique Painted bronze
Object type
Sculpture > Three-dimensional object > Art object
Location This object is in storage
Dimensions Height 214 cm
Width 92 cm
Depth 76.5 cm
Artists Kunstenaar: Paul McCarthy
Accession number BRL 2006-19 a-b (MK)
Credits Bruikleen / Loan: G.H. ART 2007
Department Modern Art
Acquisition date 2007
Age artist Unknown
Collector Collector / Franz Koenigs
Exhibitions Hans Makarts Abundantia (2012)
De collectie als tijdmachine (2017)
Research Netherlandish Drawings of the 15th and 16th Centuries.
Painting > Painted > Painting technique > Technique > Material and technique
Painting > Painted > Painting technique > Technique > Material and technique

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Paul McCarthy

Salt Lake City 1945

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