Larry Clark/ Larry Clark

United States 1943

Photography

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Larry Clark
Larry Clark
Male
United States
1943

Larry Clark is an American photographer and filmmaker who is best known for his movies Kids (1995) and Ken Park (2002) and photo series called Skaters, featured the skateboarding subculture of the early 1990s. 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, marking the start of what would become his signature photographs of teenagers engaged in drug use and sexual activities.

Born in 1943 in Tulsa, Oklahoma, Clark attended the Layton School of Art in Milwaukee, WI.

In 1964, the artist 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 Manmusic 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. The film was banned in Australia, and was not 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.

I don’t try to be controversial, I just try to be honest and tell the truth about life. Coming from the art world, I never think there are things you can’t do or show. I think that Hollywood films are really underestimating their audience. I’ve been an artist for many, many years. I’m not interested in making films to make money. I’m interested in making work that I’m satisfied with, showing people’s lives that aren’t shown.  If I could see this anywhere else, I wouldn’t have to make these films.”

Larry Clark currently lives and works in Los Angeles and New York.

YearExhibition TitleGallery/MuseumSolo/Group
2015Larry Clark - $100 Photograph SaleOoga Booga, Chinatown, LASolo
2011What do you do for fun? Simon Lee Gallery London Solo
2011Untitled (Painting) and Tulsa,1968: A Film by Larry Clark Luring AugustineGroup
2010Larry Clark Kiss the Past Hello Musee d'Art modern de la Ville de Paris France Solo
2009Larry Clary Retrospective Centre for Contemporary Art Warsaw Poland Solo
20091968. The Great Innocents Kunsthalle Bielefeld Bielefeld GermanyGroup
2008Larry Clark: Los Angeles 2003-2006 Galerie Karl Pfefferle Solo
2008Larry Clark: Los Angeles 2003-2006 Simon Lee Gallery London UK Solo
2007Larry Clark: Los Angeles 2003-2006 Luhring Augustine New York NY Solo
2007Teenage Lust Preus Museum Horten Norway Solo
2007Larry Clark: Tulsa 1963-1971 Maison Europeenne de la Photographie ParisSolo
2004–2007Beautiful Losers: Contemporary Art And Street Culture Contemporary Arts Center Cincinnati OhioGroup
2006Seven Documentarians List Art Center, Providence, RI Group
2006Larry Clark Le Case d'Arte Milan Italy Solo
2006La Case d'Arte Milan Italy Solo
2006Tulsa Smth College Museum of Art Northampton MA Solo
2005Sprüth Magers Lee London UKGroup
2005Tulsa Galler Skastedy Stockholm Sweden Solo
2005Teenage Lust Clamp Art New York NY Solo
2005International Center of Photography New York NY Solo
2005Tulsa 1971 Groninger Museum GroningenSolo
2005International Center of Photography (ICP) New York NYSolo
2005Larry Clark: Teenage Lust Clamp Art New York NY Solo
2005Larry Clark Sprüth Magers Lee London UK Solo
2005Trials and Terrors, [Untitled [KIDS] 1995 on view] Museum of Contemporary ArtGroup
2004Punk Picasso The Watari Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo Japan Solo
2003Pictures from Within: American Photographs, 1958-2002 Whitney Museum of American Art Sondra Gilman GalleryGroup
2003punk Picasso Luhring Augustine New York NY Solo
2002Larry Clark Is Tulsa Toledo Museum of Art Toledo OH Solo
2002Larry Clark - William Eggleston Zusammenhänge V Galerie Karl PfefferleGroup
2001Tulsa Dowd Fine Arts Gallery Cortland USA Solo
2000Outtakes and Additions from the Permanent Collection MOCA at the Pacific Design Center Los Angeles CA Solo
1999Larry Clark: Retrospective Groninger Museum Groningen The Netherlands [catalog] Solo
1999Tulsa and Artist's Books Printed Matter New York NYGroup
1999Epiderm Galerie Kamel Mennour Paris France Solo
1999Groninger Museum Groningen Netherlands Solo
1998Kids Galleria Emi Fontana Milan Italy Solo
1998Galerie Nova Sin Prague Czech Republic Solo
1998Luhring Augustine New York NYSolo
1997Akus Gallery Eastern Connecticut State University Willimantic CT Solo