Larry Clark

1943 · United States

Artist biography

Larry Clark’s raw and controversial depiction of American youth culture has defined the medium and served as inspiration for generations of young filmmakers and artists for decades. Drawing on his personal biography he starkly displays drug use, AIDS, suicide, domestic abuse, and teenage sexuality in his works. His seminal film Kids portrayed an honest and open perspective of New York City teenagers that bordered on the brink of obscene.

Born 1943 in Tulsa, Ohio, USA Clark graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Layton School of Art in 1964. He was granted the Photographers’ Fellowship by the National Endowment for the Arts in 1973 and continued to photograph and experiment with collage and film. The release of his first film, Kids, in 1995 led to greater engagement with the medium as well as global acclaim. He has since released several more films and continues to create video and photography in New York City and Los Angeles, USA.

Clark received the International Photography Award for Achievement in Documentary Photography from the Lucie Foundation in 2005. His work has been shown in numerous solo and group exhibitions in notable museums including the Kunsthal Charlottenborg, Copenhagen; Musée de l'Elysée, Lausanne; J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles; Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago; Centre Pompidou, Paris; and Whitney Museum of American Art, New York.

Larry Clark

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