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Paul McCarthy's horror art has influenced a younger generation, through its embrace of perversity, its use of different media, and its obviousness

By Ben Lewis   January 2006

The genres of contemporary art and cinema don’t normally cross over. You don’t get cubist or abstract expressionist movies any more than you get thriller sculptures or romantic comedy painting. There is, however, one genre that both forms truly share: horror.

Paul McCarthy—whose show at the Whitechapel, running until early January, is his largest ever British exhibition—is one of a group of American artists, including Tony Oursler and Mike Kelley, who came to prominence in the 1970s and 1980s and who produce a contemporary art equivalent of horror movies. Kelley made a name sewing up teddy bears into disturbing heaps.…

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