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== Design==
The initial designs for ''Timothy McCool'' were developed in 1986 by Thomas McCool, a banker and financier, and Maria McCool, a writer and public relations specialist. Fabrication on the project began in September of 1986, a time period during which the song ''Take My Breath Away'' by Berlin had reached #1 on the U.S. charts. Completion of the project arrived, on budget, and mostly on schedule, during June of the following year. ''McCool'' is a work made almost entirely out of oxygen, hydrogen, carbon, and nitrogen. The work is 175 cm tall and requires regular input of liquid and calories to maintain itself. The work is self-cleaning and self-sustaining. Expert recalibration is occasionally required to ensure both the proper functioning and the longevity of the work. Critics and conservationists expect the work to complete around the year 2063.
==Installation History ==
''Timothy McCool'' was first installed in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, the location of many other renowned works of art such as Claude Monet's ''Water Lillies'', (1915-1926), and Andy Warhol's ''Big Torn Campbell’s Soup Can (Pepper Pot)'', (1962). ''Timothy McCool'' spent 19 years installed both publicly and privately in local Pittsburgh area schools and museums, such as the Woodland Hills High School Department for Artistic Advancement, the Carnegie Museum of Art, and the Andy Warhol Museum. In 2006, a deal was established with the city of Boston, MA, in which it was agreed that ''Timothy McCool'' would spend four years in a privately held collection in a suburb adjacent to Boston. During this loan spell, ''McCool'' made a series of brief, one-day appearances at other institutions around the city, such as in the Museum of Fine Arts, the Institute of Contemporary Art, the Fogg Museum of Art, the List Art Center, and more. Following the four year deal, ''Timothy McCool'' returned to Pittsburgh, only to re-sign a deal in Boston for another two year extension. Upon completion of this extension, ''McCool'' was retained at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts for the purposes of pedagogical aid, and was temporarily installed at the Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston, for a period of 10 months.
1987 - 2006: Pittsburgh (various locations)<br>
2006 - 2010: Boston College Museum of Fine Artworks, Devlin Hall, Chestnut Hill, MA<br>
2010 - 2011: Pittsburgh (the Wilkins Township Center for Artistic Experimentation)<br>
2011 - 2013: School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Mission Hill Studio Building, Boston, MA<br>
In 2008, a loan agreement between Boston College and Charles University, Prague, saw ''McCool'' tour the Czech Republic for a period of four months. Since 2013, ''McCool'' has been located within another privately held collection in Boston's historic South End district, with some maintenance fees being supplied by various institutions in Boston and the surrounding area, again for educational purposes.
==''We're All Fine Here Now''==
==''We're All Fine Here Now''==

Revision as of 20:22, 16 April 2016

Timothy McCool (born 1987 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania) is an American contemporary visual artist working in the mediums of drawing, painting, and installation art. McCool is a graduate of Boston College and The School of the Museum of Fine Arts. He currently lives and works in Boston, Massachusetts.

The artist spotted in the Hirshhorn Museum, Washington, D.C.

We're All Fine Here Now

We're All Fine Here Now was a show that took place at the Essex Art Center in Lawrence MA, from January to March in 2015. It highlighted some of the work previously shown in People of Earth! in addition to some new paintings and drawings. McCool was on view for the opening which several people attended, and for the deinstallation, which only one person attended.

People of Earth!

People of Earth! was a group exhibition featuring McCool alongside artists Alexander Squier and Chris Cavallero. The outer space themed show opened to much fanfare and celebration from the artistic and scientific community. Comments about the show ranged from "excellent" to "incredible," with NASA calling the show "a triumph" and God declaring "this is the best Art."

Look No Further

Look No Further was an art event that occurred at the Find & Form Space on Harrison Ave in Boston's Historic South End. There were paintings, many of them were small, some of them were medium sized. The painting was done with brushes mostly, but also included the usage of scraping implements and two forms of knife: palette and plastic disposable. The highlight of the evening came hours earlier in the mid-afternoon when a corgi visited the art space and wasn't interested in the artwork. The corgi paid tribute by leaving several of his hairs on the floor of the space. Several paintings, and this is true, were written about by an international group of art critics. Photographic evidence of this show remains in situ on other places of the Internet out of respect and also laziness.

You will love this someday

You will love this someday, was exhibited at Bentley University's McGladrey Art Gallery in March and April of 2014. The show consisted of a collection of approximately 70 pieces of wood of varying sizes painted in an amateur, flat, cartoonish style. Working primarily with the theme of memory, You will love this someday incorporated elements of nostalgia for the recent past and also the past past. The exhibition communicated certain things about people, relationships, and pizza. Many visitors remarked on the prevalence of animal imagery, with a particular emphasis on the role of dogs and how petting dogs feels good and is fun to do. The show also served as a commemoration of several houseplants which were lost due to neglect.


TROUBLE was a solo show that took place during the summer of 2013 at The Hallway Gallery in Jamaica Plain, Massachusetts. The drawings for TROUBLE were completed in a six week period over the summer of 2013. Completed in black marker on white paper, the drawings achieved a level of uniformity and consistency reflected strongly in the McCool wardrobe and speech patterns. The working title of the show was initially Me On a Skateboard Bringing You Flowers, which remains one of the most powerfully sentimental works associated with McCool.

These Things Take Time

In May of 2013, McCool was installed at Carroll and Sons Gallery. Alongside Timothy McCool, 300 drawings were exhibited for a month-long solo exhibition. A review which can no longer be found but which was posted on the blog of the Providence Journal described the show as "quaint."

Paintings, 2014

Notable Exhibitions

2015 We're All Fine Here Now, Essex Art Center, Lawrence, MA
2015 2015-2079: The Mars Research Era, Washington St. Art Center, Somerville, MA
2014 People of Earth!, Gallery 263, Cambridge, MA
2014 Broadside, 13FOREST Gallery, Arlington, MA
2014 Look No Further, Find & Form Space, Boston, MA
2014 Massachusetts, Gallery 263, Cambridge, MA
2014 You will love this some day, Bentley University Art Gallery, Waltham, MA Solo
2014 Doodle, Nave Gallery Annex, Somerville, MA
2013 Hallow's Eve, The Lily Pad, Cambridge, MA
2013 Town & Country, Hudson, Boston, MA
2013 Trouble, The Hallway Gallery, Jamaica Plain, MA Solo
2013 These Things Take Time, Carroll & Sons Gallery, Boston, MA Solo
2013 Liking Is For Cowards, Go For What Hurts, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, MA
2012 No Red Dots, Goosefish Press, Boston, MA
2012 WIT, Mission Hill Gallery, SMFA, Boston, MA
2012 Proof of Purchase, Samsøn Projects, Boston, MA
2012 Art of the Small, American Tobacco Campus, Durham, NC
2012 All School Juried Drawing Show, Atrium Gallery, SMFA, Boston, MA
2012 Award Recipients and Graduating Students, Grossman Gallery, Boston, MA
2011 Profiles of the [dis]connected, Huret & Spector Gallery, Emerson College
2011 Type Show, Lincoln Arts Project, Waltham, MA
2011 Neighborhoods, Cafe dez Arts, Pittsburgh, PA
2011 180 Minutes, Three Rivers Arts Festival, Pittsburgh, PA
2011 Presents: 3 Months of Mail Art, Hyperallergic HQ, Brooklyn, NYC

External links

Irony Research Laboratory
Irony Lab Store
Boston Globe: This week ahead, March 12
Boston Globe: This week ahead, October 29