Philip-Lorca diCorcia

ICA - Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston
25 Harbor Shore Drive
June 1–September 3

Curated by Bennett Simpson

Despite being one of the leading lights of the so-called Boston School, Philip-Lorca diCorcia has not been the subject of a museum exhibition in the United States since his star-making appearance at the Museum of Modern Art in New York in 1994. Finally, the ICA is mounting a midcareer survey—the largest selection of his pictures assembled to date—including 125 works from 1978 through the present. For many, diCorcia’s early ’90s “Hustlers” series remains the cynosure of his oeuvre. Portraying male prostitutes in Los Angeles, the photographs leak pathos, corruption, melodrama, and stark, gaudy aestheticism, and each is titled with the price the hustler charged the photographer for the privilege of taking his picture. Nice.