Portrait: Danny McDonald

Questionable Beliefs
 The Last Polar Bear, 2019

From his early days in the legendary Art Club 2000 to his sculptural assemblages attacking the normalisation of violence, obscenity, and dehumanisation, the New York-based artist Danny McDonald has for over three decades made work that stands against Manhattan’s gentri cation and corporatisation. He creates strange and disturbing scenes of American life, all with a perverse taste for popular culture and horror memorabilia. 

"McDonald underlined the crisis of masculinity that ushered in the Trump era, weaving in jokes around maleness and its signifiers." 

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