Best Gallery Exhibition - 2011
Larry Fink: Attraction and Desire -- 50 Years in Photography at the Sheldon Art Galleries
3648 Washington Blvd.
St. Louis, MO 63108
Bringing together work from every point in the celebrated photographer's career, Sheldon Art Galleries curator Olivia Lahs-Gonzales presented an exceptional survey of Larry Fink's diverse oeuvre. Selections from each of Fink's major series, supplemented with intimate portraits of his domestic life, combined to illuminate a complex persona — that of a man who witnessed and documented some of the most emblematic events of the twentieth century but who, with no less acuity, possessed an uncanny eye for the most private and modestly sublime. The exhibit succeeded on multiple levels that went well beyond a thorough survey of a notable photographer's body of work; it managed to convey a deeply humane sense of America in all of its contradictory guises, depicting the nation's larger victories and equally substantial failures alongside the finer textures of its everyday citizens — a community of which Fink saw himself, ultimately, as an inextricable part.