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Larry Clark

Luhring Augustine | Chelsea

The more mainstream culture tries to eliminate the heart of darkness—the particular brand of bleakness, emptiness, and senseless violence—at the core of the American experience, the more tenaciously it takes hold of us. Larry Clark has frequently lived on the edge, and his entire body of work bears powerful testimony to the fact that the path of rigor and passion often takes the artist through violence and addiction so that he or she may reach a kind of lucidity and a state of compassion.

This show provides a welcome overview of Clark’s work, but the presentation of the pieces was confusing and disjointed. Works from the Tulsa series, some of the earliest of which are dated 1962, were interspersed with the “Teenage Lust” series from the ’70s and early ’80s, and scattered among these earlier photographs were the recent photocollages. Obviously there have been big blanks in this artist’s

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