New York: AKA Editions, 2003. First edition. 8 ¾ x 11 ¼ in. 496 pp. Fine. Signed. Item #4754
Punk Picasso presents a life-spanning archive of photographs and ephemera from Larry Clark, beginning with the early 1960’s and extending to the 2000’s. Named after the passage by David Denby’s review of Clark’s film Bully, “…as the camera wanders-grazes among naked thighs and tattooed torsos, this punk Picasso combines the multiple desires of lover, artist and voyeur…” This book, formatted as a scrapbook, features unpublished photographs from Tulsa, the 42nd St. Series, newspaper clippings of murders and court cases, family portraits, River Phoenix images from teen magazines, behind the scenes photographs from his film Kids and Ken Park, reviews from Clark’s exhibitions, and images of vinyl records by Bob Dylan, Ray Charles, and others that act as a soundtrack to the visual memoir.
Punk Picasso is a semi-chronological documentation of Clark’s life as a young adult, father, photographer, and creator. This book displays his interests and subjects that have been present throughout his entire career: sex, drugs, rock n’ roll, alienated adolescence and its attendant culture, and the margins of American culture.