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21.10.2010

 

GoSee Tip : Striving for the naked truth. Larry Clark's 'kiss the past hello' - retrospective and provocation

Yes, his photographs are extreme. Even more so, because he does not stage them, but chooses to document what he sees. Apparently, due to possible protests, the Parisian Museum for Modem Art is exhibiting Larry Clark's photos to adults only, which is a bit of a shame. His pictures are haunting, honest and not glorifying. ‘Kiss the past hello’ is an unapologetic retrospective and documentation of youthful hopelessness.

The photographer and filmmaker gained considerable fame through films like Kids (1995), which openly discuss contemporary youth culture in frank way. He shows scenes of a candid sexual nature including minors, deals with drugs consumption, violence, boredom and the swiftness with which HIV can spread.

The exhibition was created in close collaboration with the artist himself and encompasses over 200 original prints from 50 years of a life's work, most of which have not been publicly displayed before. The pictures include series from his hometown Tulsa (1971), as well skateboarder portraits from the 1990s.

His works are signified by his relentless strive for the naked truth, a reality that strips down all that is prude and raises a smile that might get stuck in your throat before you know it.

Larry Clark was born in 1943 in Tulsa, Oklahoma and worked as an assistant in his mother's photo store. He studied at the Layton School of Art in Milwaukee, was drafted by the US Army and even fought in the Vietnam War. His first photo book featured his hometown's drug scene and this groundbreaking early work dates before that of Nan Goldin or Gus Van Sant. Clark is living in New York.

‘Kiss the past hello’ will run until the 2nd of January 2011.


Larry Clark – kiss the past hello

Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris
11 avenue du Président Wilson
75116 Paris

LARRY CLARK : kiss the past hello

LARRY CLARK : kiss the past hello

LARRY CLARK : kiss the past hello

LARRY CLARK : kiss the past hello

LARRY CLARK : kiss the past hello

LARRY CLARK : kiss the past hello

LARRY CLARK : kiss the past hello

LARRY CLARK : kiss the past hello

LARRY CLARK : kiss the past hello

LARRY CLARK : kiss the past hello

LARRY CLARK : kiss the past hello

LARRY CLARK : kiss the past hello

LARRY CLARK : kiss the past hello

LARRY CLARK : kiss the past hello

LARRY CLARK : kiss the past hello

LARRY CLARK : kiss the past hello

LARRY CLARK : kiss the past hello

LARRY CLARK : kiss the past hello

LARRY CLARK : kiss the past hello

LARRY CLARK : kiss the past hello

LARRY CLARK : kiss the past hello

LARRY CLARK : kiss the past hello

LARRY CLARK : kiss the past hello

LARRY CLARK : kiss the past hello

LARRY CLARK : kiss the past hello

LARRY CLARK : kiss the past hello