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Park Avenue Armory’s mission is to revitalize one of America’s historic treasures as a dynamic alternative arts space unlike any other in New York. Part palace, part industrial shed, the Armory is dedicated to the development and presentation of work in the visual and performing arts best realized in a non-traditional setting. With its Gilded Age interiors and soaring 55,000-square-foot Drill Hall, the Armory allows artists to create – and audiences to experience – epic, immersive and adventurous work that cannot be done anywhere else. The Armory seeks to stimulate the most ambitious and innovative work many artists will undertake in their career. Such has been its impact in its first five years that in December 2011 The New York Times noted “Park Avenue Armory…has arrived as the most important new cultural institution in New York City.”

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Paul McCarthy, WS, 2013
Photo: James Ewing
Paul McCarthy, WS, 2013
Courtesy the artist and Hauser & Wirth
Photo: Joshua White Paul McCarthy, WS, 2013
Photo: James Ewing Paul McCarthy, WS, 2013
Courtesy the artist and Hauser & Wirth
Photo: Joshua White Paul McCarthy, WS, 2013
Photo: James Ewing Paul McCarthy, WS, 2013
Photo: James Ewing Paul McCarthy, WS, 2013
Photo: James Ewing Paul McCarthy, WS, 2013
Photo: James Ewing Paul McCarthy, WS, 2013
Photo: James Ewing

"[Paul] McCarthy’s [WS] is decidedly not Disney’s version of the fairy tale. Composed of a massive forest-and-house set, accompanied by a seven-hour video of performances shot in and around the set — it is meant to be an apotheosis of the dark and deeply human themes he has been exploring for four decades concerning the body, social repression, consumerism, sex, death, dreams and delirium, and the power of art to deepen our understanding of life. Compared with Mr. McCarthy, even much of the contemporary art world can seem puritanical and hygienic.”
—Randy Kennedy, The New York Times

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