Garry Winogrand, Women, Beverly Hills, California, 1982, silver gelatin print
Monte Clark Gallery is pleased to present Garry Winogrand’s portfolio of photographs entitled Women are better than men. Not only have they survived, they do prevail alongside a photograph by Larry Clark.
Winogrand’s 1982 series consists of 15 silver gelatin prints depicting women photographed between 1969 and 1980. The photographs—taken on the streets of Beverly Hills and Venice, CA, New York, Houston, TX, and Hutchinson, KS—show mothers, cheerleaders, friends, businesswomen; some of the women seem to know that they are being photographed, while others are oblivious. Seemingly, Winogrand himself was aware of the problematic gesture of photographing women on the street: his previous series “Women are Beautiful” was titled by his publisher, though he had originally planned to call the works “Observations of a Male Chauvinist Pig.”
Though Larry Clark was first recognized for his photographs of the drug underworld in Tulsa, Oklahoma, his work shifted in the early ‘90s to exploring emerging masculinity in teenage boys and the media’s tendency to conversely demonize and eroticize them. Clark’s photograph in the exhibition shows a young shirtless boy on the precipice of manhood, seemingly glancing back at Winogrand’s women, looking both defiant and vulnerable.
Garry Winogrand (1928 – 1984) is one of America’s best-known photographers, having defined street photography in the ‘60s and ‘70s. John Szarkowski, former Director of Photography at the Museum of Modern Art, touted Winogrand as “the central photographer of his generation.” His work has been exhibited at numerous institutions worldwide, and publication highlights include his books Women are Beautiful, The Animals, and Fragments from the Real World. Winogrand was a three-time recipient of the Guggenheim Fellowship.
Larry Clark (1943 – ) is an American photographer and filmmaker renowned for his striking imagery of troubled youth. His best-known works include the photobooks Tulsa (1971) and Teenage Lust (1983), and the film Kids (1995). His photographs reside in the collections of numerous institutions including the Museum of Modern Art, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Whitney Museum of American Art, and the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles. Clark has received the National Endowment for the Arts’ Photographers’ Fellowship (1973) and the Creative Arts Public Service Photographers’ Grant (1980).