Larry Fink

Social Graces


June 3 - July 23, 2004
New York

Edwynn Houk Gallery is pleased to present photographer LARRY FINK’s celebrated body of work, Social Graces. The exhibition consists of 34 gelatin silver prints spanning the artist’s social reportage of the late 1970s through mid 80s. The show opens with a reception for the artist on June 3rd (6 – 8 p.m.), and will run through July 23rd.

Larry Fink (b. Brooklyn, 1941) began his career studying with Alexey Brodovitch and Lisette Model. From the former, he developed an appreciation of vogue style, and from the latter, an eye for the bizarre. Social Graces explores the nature of both high and low-class culture as embodied in the behaviors of upper crust Manhattan aristocracy juxtaposed with rural, blue-collar Pennsylvanian folk. As the subject of a solo show at the Museum of Modern Art, New York in 1979, the series captures the decadent emptiness of urban pageantry offset by spirited moments inside the modest Sabatine family. With equal parts humor and polite ambivalence, Fink presents a rare glimpse inside both worlds, an era that has long since passed, yet whose poignancy is germane to modern society.

Larry Fink’s accompanying monograph, also entitled Social Graces, originally released by Aperture in 1984 has recently been re-issued by Powerhouse Books, 2001.

A two-time National Endowment for the Arts Fellow and a Guggenheim Fellow, Larry Fink is currently a professor at Bard College in New York and has previously taught at New York University, Cooper Union, School of Visual Arts, Yale, Parsons School of Design, and The New School. His work has been featured in numerous one person and group exhibitions in the United States and Europe over the past thirty years. Fink’s photographs are in the permanent collections of many established American museums including the Museum of Modern Art (NY), the Metropolitan Museum of Art (NY), the Whitney Museum of American Art (NY), the Corcoran Gallery of Art (D.C.), the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, and the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Additionally, his work is acquired internationally by institutions such as the Bibliotèque Nationale (France), the Musée de la Photographie (Belgium), and Foto Forum (Germany). Fink’s recent photography is featured in The New Yorker, Vanity Fair, W, GQ, and Detour.

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