Several readers have objected to my referring to Peter Brant’s 72-foot-high “Santa with Butt Plug” statue that he’s erected (so to speak) on North Street. Well, that is its designated name, and I’m sure Peter Pervert would be disappointed if we called it something else, but he doesn’t run this blog, I do, and i always listen to my readers. So here’s a chance for readers to come up with something more creative. Reader Vineyard Vines will no doubt want to see “A briiliant work of heartbreaking genius” influenced, no doubt, by this summary of the Artist Paul McCarthy’s previous work:
His work evolved from painting to transgressive performance art, psychosexual events intended to fly in the face of social convention, testing the emotional limits of both artist and viewer. An example of this is his 1976 piece Class Fool, where McCarthy threw himself around a ketchup spattered classroom at the University of California, San Diego until dazed and injured. He then vomited several times and inserted a Barbie doll into his rectum. The piece ended when the audience could no longer stand to watch his performance.