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Larry Johnson
Untitled (Grief Is Devastating)
Collection of Judy and Stuart Spence, Los Angeles
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by Hunter Drohojowska-Philp

The week that the Hammer Museum in Los Angeles opened its survey of 60 photographs by Larry Johnson, the newspapers were saturated with celebrity death: Ed McMahon, Farrah Fawcett and Michael Jackson. All were icons who died amid revelations of bankruptcy, booze and drugs. The wall-to-wall media coverage of heir deaths was a fitting accompaniment to the preoccupations of Johnsonís art.