Photographs by Larry Fink. Texts by Donald P. Russo and Nelson R. Maniscalco.
several color illustrations, 9x10".
With his keen eye for social irony, Larry Fink reacted to the 2000 election with a series of satirical fashion spreads, modeled after the Pre-war German paintings. He employed look-alikes of the President and members of the cabinet, as well as a decadent cast of whores and spendthrifts to stage the scenarios of the paintings and parody the self-indulgence of the Bush Administration. Originally scheduled to run in The New York Times Magazine in September 2001, the series was sidelined after the events of 9/11. That day changed not only the content for the 9/16 issue, but transformed the entire political landscape; such satire cannot be taken lightly anymore. Overnight these photographs became forbidden, as The New York Times and others declined to run the series. In today's social climate, where criticism of the government is suppressed or demonized, this work is utterly shocking even in the exaggerated, farcical settings. Earlier this year, Lehigh University's Political Science Department hung the pictures in a show at the DuBois Gallery on campus that erupted into controversy. This short but poignant monograph catalogues the series and includes an engaging essay by Graydon Carter, famed and infamous editor of Vanity Fair.
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