Paul McCarthy And Damon McCarthy: Rebel Dabble Babble

Paul McCarthy And Damon McCarthy: Rebel Dabble Babble
Library Shelf Location ABC-MCCA
Publication Date 2013

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This richly illustrated publication is a selection of hundreds of still photographs shot during the making of “Rebel Dabble Babble,” a collaboration between Paul McCarthy and his son Damon McCarthy.

“Rebel Dabble Babble” is a complex installation and video projection work originally inspired by both Nicholas Ray’s 1955 classic Hollywood film "Rebel Without a Cause" and the furious rumors that swirled around the off-set relationships between its director and his stars James Dean, Nathalie Wood, and Sal Mineo. This densely layered opus confronts definitions of power and role-playing, and expands far beyond references to the 1955 movie and related legends. Ultimately, “Rebel Dabble Babble” is an expansive meditation upon the archetypes and Oedipal tensions that define family dynamics as they have been played out in private homes, in the evolution of art history, and in the development of the entertainment industry.

In the film, Paul McCarthy and his actors (including Hollywood star James Franco) play hybrids both of Nick Ray’s cinematic characters and the actors who performed as those characters. With this mind-bending series of doubles, binaries, and inversions, “Rebel Dabble Babble” presents perversions of interchangeable roles and fetish relationships.

“Rebel Dabble Babble” includes over 350 full color images and new texts by Donatien Grau, Damon McCarthy, and Paul McCarthy.

Published with Hauser & Wirth, Zurich/London/New York.

ISBN 9783037643365
Quantity 1
Pages 312 pages; 270 × 390 mm; Images 374 colour
Author Donatien Grau
Format Hardback
Publisher Hauser & Wirth, Zurich/London/New York
Related Artists Damon McCarthy, Paul McCarthy
Categories BALTIC Artists' Book Collection (by appointment), Artists' Books

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