In March, the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) in New York hosted the launch of a skateboard deck series by the Los Angeles-based artist Paul McCarthy. These beautiful decks are sold to benefit Skateistan, and the money raised from this project will help fund the construction of our newest skate school in Johannesburg, South Africa.
Each of the 10 skate decks features a different image from the PROPO works and is a limited and numbered edition of 250. The first 35 editions are reserved for the Signed Collector's Set in a custom flight case.
The decks are sold at the official MoMA store only.
Mr. McCarthy is doing this series in collaboration with The Skateroom, a project that commissions internationally renowned artists to design skateboard graphics. The Skateroom is a long time supporter of Skateistan, with series' by artists including Ai Weiwei, Robin Rhode, and Roa in previous years. This project is the biggest to date, aiming to fund the entire construction of our South African Skate School.
Paul created these skateboard decks with images from his work 'PROPO'. He said, "Between 1972 and 1983, I did a series of performances that involved masks, bottles, pans, uniforms, dolls, stuffed animals, etc. After the performances, these objects were either left behind or they were collected and stored in suitcases and trunks to be used in future performances. In 1983, the closed suitcases and trunks containing these performance objects were stacked on a table and exhibited as sculpture. In 1991, I opened the suitcases and trunks and photographed each item. The group of photographs in their entirety was titled PROPO."
“If our boards pay for the park, well that’s a good reason to make a skateboard.” Mr. McCarthy also said he hopes that people skate on the boards, even though “the kids aren’t going to care if they’re art or not. I think it’d be great to see one that had been skated on a lot.”
We're still hoping we can get Mr. McCarthy on a board one of these days, but he says, "It hurts too much!"
All proceeds go to our project in South Africa.
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