New York

Larry Clark

International Center of Photography Museum (ICP)

Certain plaintiffs in the Michael Jackson trial look like kids in Larry Clark pictures, particularly his 1996 set of photos Sketches for Tulsa Movie Coming Soon—like the Jordie Chandler twin that curator Brian Wallis eyes as one of Clark’s “most compelling”: “a shirtless young man pulling back his long hair in a feminized pose for the camera.” Wallis fails to account for why the pose is “feminized” or for how some Tulsa kid might have learned to do it. Is any display of any body necessarily feminized? What makes a boy posed like that so compelling? Is it just youth’s juice, or is it a peek at something, objet petit adolescence, bared in him and yet more than him, making as many want to fuck him as fuck him up?

What’s billed as a Clark retrospective at the ICP stumbles around a programmatic, chronological curation of what were (at least until his landmark show at Luhring Augustine in 1992)

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