Philip-Lorca diCorcia double show

posted by Bridget on 03 September 2013

Exhibitions on both sides of the pond from leading artist, Philip-Lorca diCorcia.

For those of us [I am off to New York for a holiday mid September] who will be in London and New York this Autumn there is the opportunity to see two exhibitions by Philip-Lorca diCorcia hosted by his gallery, David Zwirner.

In New York you can see Hustlers, a series of portraits made in Hollywood in the 1990s. Using male prostitutes as his models, diCorcia paid them approximately the same amount they would have charged a customer for sex. Although Hustler marked the beginning of diCorcia's interest in street photography, there is nothing spontaneous about these images and they are very much within his controlled approach of setting the backdrop and asking the subject to step onto his carefully crafted stage.

DiCorcia's new series East of Eden, started in 2008 in response to the economic crash, opens in the Zwirner London gallery on the 25th September.

The title, drawn from John Steinbeck's novel set at the time of the Great Depression, seeks to convey a21st century disillusionment with the American dream, as diCorcia explains the photographs are "provoked by the collapse of everything, which seems to me a loss of innocence. People thought they could have anything. And then it just blew up in their faces."

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Click here to listen to diCorcia talk about his work.

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