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Larry Clark - White Trash - Exhibitions - Luhring Augustine

“When I was 18 I was sent to a two year commercial photography school that happened to be in the basement of an art school. My first two girlfriends were painters. My first roommate was a painter and sculptor. I’ve been collecting art for 56 years. I’d like to live forever because of art.”

-Larry Clark 


Luhring Augustine is pleased to present White Trash, an exhibition of artworks from the personal collection of Larry Clark. 


At press time, there will be works on view by Justin Adian, Joe Andoe, Richard Artschwager, Donald Baechler, Wallace Berman, Max Blagg, Will Boone, Lisa Bowman, Chris Burden, Larry Clark, Greg Curnoe, Jeff Elrod, Leo Fitzpatrick, Günther Förg, Robert Frank, Paul Gauguin, Ralph Gibson, James Gilroy, Robert Gober, Mark Gonzales, Wade Guyton, Jenny Holzer, George Horner, Mike Kelley, Martin Kippenberger, Jeff Koons, Alberto Korda, Dean Levin, Sherrie Levine, Paul McCarthy, Bjarne Melgaard, Scott Myles, Helmut Newton, Méret Oppenheim, Raymond Pettibon, Dustin Pevey, Jack Pierson, Jason Polan, Sigmar Polke, Richard Prince, Adam Rolston, Christy Rupp, Sam Samore, Josh Smith, Ivan Stones, Philip Taaffe, Koichiro Takagi, Andy Warhol, Sally Webster, Brian Weil, Franz West, Sue Williams, David Wojnarowicz, Steve Wolfe, Christopher Wool, Jack Ziegler and Tom Zimmermann.


While often described as a photographer and filmmaker, Clark thinks of himself simply as an artist.  His practice includes many different techniques and media and is inspired by the urban atmosphere, youth subcultures, as well as the artists whose work he has long followed and collected.


A New York resident since the late 1970s, Clark maintains a loft in Tribeca which houses much of what he has acquired over the years. He is an obsessive collector who does not limit his interests to art. The loft is an ever-changing montage of forms and images: film and music posters, photographs, paintings, sculptures, skateboards, design and vintage objects, furniture, books, and antique walking canes. There is as much “high art” as there is art made by unknown artists; and of course, Clark’s own work is seen throughout the space.  


Much like him, the artists he collects are renegades who are part of the avant-garde. There are numerous threads throughout the collection that reflect the era postmodern art: the use of photography and appropriation, conceptually driven practices, and a focus on social commentary. Several works present a clean graphic aesthetic, a number of which - such as those by Prince, Wool, and Holzer - are text based. A passion for painting is also clear; there are meticulously rendered paintings by artists such as Webster and Andoe, along with expressive abstractions by Smith and Gilroy. Clark greatly admires creativity in others and when he discovers an artist he likes, he collects their work in depth over many years.  



George Horner, White Trash, 1990
Mike Kelley, Goethe Quote, 1992
Mike Kelley, Satan’s Nostrils, 1989
James Gilroy, The Moment, 2009
Raymond Pettibon, No Title (Sometimes I Wait…), 1985
Raymond Pettibon, No Title (Four Bums Froze…), 1987
Raymond Pettibon, No Title (Long Live The…), TBD
Raymond Pettibon, No Title (Shot Himself Instead…), TBD
Raymond Pettibon, No Title (Someday I’m Going…), 1984
Raymond Pettibon, No Title (They Ought To…),1985
Steve Wolfe Untitled (Study for Long Island Cheese/Noble Cartons), 1993 
Josh Smith Untitled, 2010 
Richard Prince, From None, 1975 - 76
Wade Guyton, Untitled, 2008
Christopher Wool, 2004 Drawings of Beer on the Wall #9, 2004 
Sue Williams, Try to be more accommodating, 1991
Christopher Wool, Untitled, 1991
Christopher Wool My House II, 2000 
Brian Weil, Untitled (from the series Sex), 1981
Brian Weil, Untitled (from the series Sex), 1981
Christopher Wool, Untitled, 1987
Joe Andoe, Spaniard in the works, 2012
Josh Smith Untitled, 2007
Christopher Wool, Untitled, 2006
Sally Webster, Crybaby, 2010
Sally Webster, Wedding, 1993
Sue Williams, The Missing Piece, 1992
Wallace Berman, Untitled, 1967-68
Joe Andoe, Untitled, 1990
Sue Williams, Spiritual America, TBD
Josh Smith Untitled, 2010 
Brian Weil, Untitled (from the series Miami Crime), 1982
Jeff Elrod, Delete/Repeat, 2013
Martin Kippenberger, Kampf dem Dekubitus (Struggle aganist the Bedsores), 1986
Martin Kippenberger, Eine Handvoll vergessener Tauben, 1990
Josh Smith Untitled, 2010
Josh Smith Untitled, 2010 
Jack Pierson, APPLAUSE, 1997
Christy Rupp, The Rat Patrol, 1979

Installation Views

Larry Clark , White Trash
Larry Clark , White Trash
Larry Clark , White Trash
Larry Clark , White Trash


For more information about the artist, please contact Natalia Sacasa at 212-206-9100 or

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