Larry Fink, Club Cornich, New York, February, 1977, gelatin silver print, 14 3/16 x 14 3/16 inches (image), 20 x 16 inches (paper), image courtesy and © Larry Fink.
| || Larry Fink: Attraction and Desire – 50 Years in Photography|
February 18 – May 21, 2011
This exhibition provides an overview of work by the internationally renowned photographer Larry Fink, and includes photographs spanning his 50+ year career. Works from the series The Beatniks, Social Graces, Boxing, Somewhere There's Music, Runway and The Democrats, as well as intimate photographs of his home, family and travels are included. Born in Brooklyn, New York in 1941, Larry Fink studied with Lisette Model and Alexei Brodovich. In the mid-1970s, Fink began photographing at museum galas, art openings and other events, employing a signature lighting style that heightened the human and psychological drama of the moment. In 1980, he moved to rural Martin's Creek, Pennsylvania where country events, his neighbors and his family were his subjects.
Fink has had one-man shows at the Museum of Modern Art, the Whitney Museum of Modern Art, the San Francisco Museum of Art, the Musée de la Photographie in Charleroi, Belgium, and the Musee de l'Elysée in Lausanne, Switzerland, among others. In addition to two John Simon Guggenheim Fellowships in 1976 and 1979, and two National Endowment for the Arts, Individual Photography Fellowships in 1978 and 1986, Fink was awarded an honorary doctorate from the College for Creative Studies, College of Art and Design, Detroit in 2002. His photographic work is also the focus of several monographs, including Social Graces (1984 and 2001); Boxing (1997); Runway (2000); Larry Fink (2005); Somewhere There's Music (2006) and forthcoming, The Vanities: Hollywood Parties from 2000 to 2009 (2011). He is also an influential educator, and has taught at the Yale University School of Art, New Haven and Cooper Union School of Art and Architecture, New York, among other universities. He is currently Professor of Photography at Bard College in New York. A catalogue accompanies the exhibition. The exhibition is organized by the Sheldon Art Galleries, St. Louis.
The exhibition is underwritten by Luxco, with additional support from Barbara and Arthur McDonnell and Ellen and Durb Curlee.
Gallery Talk: Saturday, February 19, 11 a.m., Larry Fink will speak on his career in photography, Gallery of Photography, admission free.