Larry Fink, The Vanities exhibition at Wouter van Leeuwen

Larry Fink, The Vanities exhibition at Wouter van Leeuwen

Jan 12, 2012 |  by  |  Art, Event
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For over a decade, Larry Fink has been documenting the very exclusive parties organized by Vanity Fair. Where glamour exhuberates at every corner, and botox is always present. Celebrities hope to be depicted at their best (kinda like real people), but Larry on the other hand seems to have had a different idea. The Wouter van Leeuwen Gallery presents a selection of his work.

The Vanities: Hollywood parties 2000 – 2009

The sharpness and precise contrast of these rich photos show in-between moments, imperfect postures, ageing, a stain or fake laughs. The images are not just held together by the chosen theme but also by composition, the lack of colour and his keen sense for creating almost abstract images. In the mean time the images remain beautiful and sometimes a bit sad, at least to me.

For this section I’d like to play the part of Amazon. If you like this you might also like: Martin Parr, who did a series about the rich and old where most did not come of that great. Another artist who documents the rich and their shallowness is Terry Rodgers, from the stable of Torch gallery. His work was all over the net a couple of years ago, right at the same time as when Paris Hilton had her PR peak. I love the shallow empty stares of the people he showcases on his paintings.

Larry Fink – The Vanities

When: January 14th – February 18th (opening January 14, 16:00 – 18:00)
Open: Thu/Fri/Sat 12.00 – 18.00
Where: Wouter van Leeuwen, Hazenstraat 27

Featured image by Larry Fink (©), courtesy Galerie Wouter van Leeuwen, Amsterdam.

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