Larry Clark  (American, 1943) 

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Larry Clark (American, b. January 19, 1943) is a photographer and filmmaker who was born in Tulsa, OK. His mother was a baby photographer, and he picked up the family business at an early age. In his teenage years, Clark started to take pictures of his friends doing drugs, and this marked the start of what he would become most well-known for: his gritty photographs of teenagers engaged in drug use and sexual activities. Clark attended the Layton School of Art in Milwaukee, WI.

In 1964, the artists moved to New York, NY, and started to take freelance photography jobs. However, he was soon drafted into the military during the Vietnam War. Clark served from 1964 to 1966, and then returned to Tulsa. In 1971, he published his first book of photography, Tulsa, which documented his friends' use of drugs in black-and-white. In 1973, he received a Photographers' Fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts. He also received the Photographers' Grant from the Creative Arts Public Service in 1980. In 1993, Clark directed Chris Isaak's Solitary Man music video. In 1995, he released his first film, Kids, which was controversial, as it depicted children as young as 12 drinking alcohol and doing drugs. Kids and a photo series called Skaters both featured the skateboarding subculture of the early 1990s. In 2002, he released Ken Park, which featured actors portraying underage characters engaging in sexual activities. This film has been banned in Australia, and has not been widely released in the United States.

In 2005, Clark was awarded the International Photography Lucie Award for Achievement in Documentary Photography. He has won prizes at the Cognac Festival du Film Policier for Another Day in Paradise and at the Stockholm Film Festival for Bully. His photographs are part of many public collections, including those at The Whitney Museum of Art, in New York, and the Museum of Fine Arts, in Boston, MA. Clark has had solo exhibitions at the Galerie Urbi et Orbi in Paris, France, in 1992, at the Taka Ishii Gallery in Tokyo, Japan, in 1996, and at the International Center of Photography in New York, in 2005. He currently lives and works in Los Angeles, CA, and New York.

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Larry Clark, UNTITLED (Fingers)

 

Larry Clark
UNTITLED (Fingers)
1963-1981

Side by Side Gallery Akim Monet GmbH
Larry Clark, UNTITLED (Thinking)

 

Larry Clark
UNTITLED (Thinking)
1963-1981

Side by Side Gallery Akim Monet GmbH
Larry Clark, UNTITLED (Bleeding Hand)

 

Larry Clark
UNTITLED (Bleeding Hand)
1963-1981

Side by Side Gallery Akim Monet GmbH
Larry Clark, Tulsa, c. 1968

 

Larry Clark
Tulsa, c. 1968
Bruce Silverstein
Larry Clark, Billy with Baby (from the series "Tulsa")

 

Larry Clark
Billy with Baby (from the series "Tulsa")
1963-1981

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Larry Clark, Untitled

 

Larry Clark
Untitled
Hamburg Kennedy Photographs
Larry Clark, Untitled

 

Larry Clark
Untitled
Hamburg Kennedy Photographs
Larry Clark, Untitled (from the series “Teenage Lust”)

 

Larry Clark
Untitled (from the series “Teenage Lust”)
1972

ClampArt
Larry Clark, Court Officer Killed As Son, 3, Looks On - Teen Gets 12 Years in Killing of Mother

 

Larry Clark
Court Officer Killed As Son, 3, Looks On - Teen Gets 12 Years in Killing of Mother
1992

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Larry Clark, Roper (Tulsa)

 

Larry Clark
Roper (Tulsa), 1971
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Larry Clark, David Roper from the Tulsa Series

 

Larry Clark
David Roper from the Tulsa Series, 1963
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Larry Clark, Sans titre (from Teenage Lust)

 

Larry Clark
Sans titre (from Teenage Lust), 1972
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1943   Born in Tulsa, Oklahoma
1961   Layton School of Art, Milwaukee, Wisconsin
1973   National Endowment for the Arts, Photographers' Fellowship
1980   Creatve Arts Public Service, Photographer's Grant
2005   International Photography Lucie Award, Achievement in Documentary Photography
  Lives and works in New York, NY and Los Angeles, CA
2011   What do you do for fun?, Simon Lee Gallery, London (solo)
2011   Untitled (Painting) and Tulsa, 1968: A Film by Larry Clark, Luring, Augustine, New York, NY
2010   Larry Clark, Kiss the Past Hello, Musee d'Art modern de la Ville de Paris, France (solo)
2009   Larry Clary Retrospective, Centre for Contemporary Art, Warsaw, Poland (solo)
2009   1968. The Great Innocents, Kunsthalle Bielefeld, Bielefeld, Germany
2008   Larry Clark: Los Angeles 2003-2006, Galerie Karl Pfefferle, 12.06. - 20.09.2008 (solo)
2008   Larry Clark: Los Angeles 2003-2006, Simon Lee Gallery, London, UK (solo)
2007   Larry Clark: Los Angeles 2003-2006, Luhring Augustine, New York, NY (solo)
2007   Teenage Lust, Preus Museum, Horten, Norway (solo)
2007   Larry Clark: Tulsa, 1963-1971, Maison Europeenne de la Photographie, Paris, France (solo)
2004 - 2007   Beautiful Losers: Contemporary Art And Street Culture, Contemporary Arts Center, Cincinnati, Ohio; curated by Christian Strike and Aaron Rose [catalog]; travels to Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Francisco, CA; Orange County Museum of Art, Newport Beach, CA; The Contemporary Museum, Baltimore, MD; The University of South Florida Contemporary Art Museum, Tampa, FL; Fondazione La Triennale, Milan, Italy; Le Tri Postal, Lille, France
2006   Seven Documentarians: Berenice Abbott, Larry Clark, Jim Dow, Walker Evans, Danny Lyon, Gary Winogrand, and Jay Wolke," List Art Center, Providence, RI
2006   Larry Clark, Le Case d'Arte, Milan, Italy (solo)
2006   La Case d'Arte, Milan, Italy (solo)
2006   Tulsa, Smth College Museum of Art, Northampton, MA (solo)
2005   Sprüth Magers Lee, London, UK
2005   Tulsa, Galler Skastedy, Stockholm, Sweden (solo)
2005   Teenage Lust, Clamp Art, New York, NY (solo)
2005   International Center of Photography, New York, NY (solo)
2005   Tulsa, 1971, Groninger Museum, Groningen, The Netherlands (solo)
2005   International Center of Photography (ICP), New York, NY; curated Brian Wallis (solo)
2005   Larry Clark: Teenage Lust, Clamp Art, New York, NY (solo)
2005   Larry Clark, Sprüth Magers Lee, London, UK (solo)
2005   Trials and Terrors, [Untitled [KIDS], 1995 on view] curator Dominic Molon, Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, IL
2004   Punk Picasso, The Watari Museum of Contemporary Art, Tokyo, Japan (solo)
2003   Pictures from Within: American Photographs, 1958-2002, Whitney Museum of American Art, Sondra Gilman Gallery, New York, NY
2003   punk Picasso, Luhring Augustine, New York, NY (solo)
2002   Larry Clark Is Tulsa, Toledo Museum of Art, Toledo, OH (solo)
2002   Larry Clark - William Eggleston, Zusammenhänge V, Galerie Karl Pfefferle, 12.03. - 26.04.2002
2001   Tulsa, Dowd Fine Arts Gallery, Cortland, USA (solo)
2000   Outtakes and Additions from the Permanent Collection, MOCA at the Pacific Design Center, Los Angeles, CA (solo)
1999   Larry Clark: Retrospective, Groninger Museum, Groningen, The Netherlands [catalog] (solo)
1999   Tulsa and Artist's Books, Printed Matter, New York, NY; travels to Galerie Max Hetzler, Berlin, Germany (solo)
1999   Epiderm, Galerie Kamel Mennour, Paris, France (solo)
1999   Groninger Museum, Groningen, Netherlands (solo)
1998   Kids, Galleria Emi Fontana, Milan, Italy (solo)
1998   Galerie Nova Sin, Prague, Czech Republic (solo)
1998   Luhring Augustine, New York, NY (solo)
1997   Akus Gallery, Eastern Connecticut State University, Willimantic, CT (solo)
  Nora Eccles Harrison Museum of art, East Logan, USA
  MOCA Grand Avenue, Los Angeles, USA
  Neuberger Museum of Art, Purchase, USA
  Anderson Gallery, Richmond, USA
  The Museum of Photographic Arts, San Diego, USA
  Wittliff Gallery of Southwestern & Mexican Photography, San Marcos, USA
  Center for Creative Photography - University of Arizona, Tucson, USA
  The Whitney Museum of American Art, USA
  Inhotim Centro de Arte Contemporânea, Brumadinho, Brazil
  National Gallery of Canada - Musée des beaux-arts de Canada, Ottawa, Canada
  Vancouver Art Gallery, Vancouver, Canada
  Maison Européen de la Photographie, Paris, France
  FRAC-Collection Aquitaine, France
  Pinakothek Der Moderne, Munich, Germany
  Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo, Turin, Italy
  Fondazione Querini Stampalia ONLUS, Venice, Italy
  Preus Museum, Horton, Norway
  Fotomuseum Winterthur, Winterthur, Switzerland
2003    “punk Picasso,” Roth Horowitz
1995    “KIDS,” Grove Press
1993    “The Perfect Childhood,” Scalo, Zurich
1992    Larry Clark 1992,” Thea Westreich, New York & Galerie Gisela Capitain, Cologne
1983    “Teenage Lust,” self-published
1971    "Tulsa,” Lustrum Press, New York