If Paul McCarthy's name sounds familiar, that's because (1) you're confusing him with a legendary rock star or (2) we gave you a story about his massive poop installation. Whatever the case, we're here to report that his “Balloon Dog” sculpture has sold for an amount in the area of $1 million. The Telegraph reported the sale was for $900,000.
The 80-foot tall piece towered over Frieze fair this year. It stood on the lawn located outside the north end of the fair's white tent and reminded us of Clifford the Big Red Dog. The sculpture is a play on stainless steel figures made by the art community's bad boy Jeff Koons, who recently received some awkward love from New York Magazine. McCarthy's piece is like art community smack talking.
McCarthy has shows right now at Hauser & Wirth’s uptown and downtown locations and he will have a big video and installation project on display at the Park Avenue Armory (that will also contain a big balloon dog sculpture).