Larry Clark, Jonathan Velasquez, 2004, color photograph.


Larry Clark

Musée d'Art moderne de la Ville de Paris
11 avenue du Président Wilson
July 19–January 2

Curated by Sébastien Gokalp

Larry Clark’s never-never land is the everyman’s nightmare. Adolescent burnout, teenage turpitude, drugs, sex, American decay: The vigilant Clark limns a familiar car-crash narrative, as much fodder for the moralists as morality tale. “Once the needle goes in it never comes out,” he writes bleakly in the preface to Tulsa (1971), his first (and classic) book of documentary photography. Recently he’s lightened up a bit, his movie Wassup Rockers (2005) and photographic series “Los Angeles,” 2003–2006 evincing a more avuncular spirit. This retrospective rounds up some fifty years of his efforts to tell the world its kids’ secrets, including a 16-mm film from 1963, never before publicly shown. Demonstrating the unique French appetite for the American story, this show will also occasion the first monograph on Clark’s work, flush with essays by multiple contributors.