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Buhmann on Art

© Larry Clark; Courtesy of the artist and Luhring Augustine, New York. Larry Clark’s “Knoxville (homage to Brad Renfro).” (2011 | Color photographs on board | 42 X 86 inches; 106.68 X 218.44 cm).

© Larry Clark; Courtesy of the artist and Luhring Augustine, New York.
Larry Clark’s “Knoxville (homage to Brad Renfro).” (2011 | Color photographs on board | 42 X 86 inches; 106.68 X 218.44 cm).

BY STEPHANIE BUHMANN  (stephaniebuhmann.com)

JOE FLEMING: “SUCKERPUNCH”  Fleming’s first New York solo show features a selection of paintings that employ an array of recycled materials. Enamel and spray foam are among the favored ingredients here and aid in generating an overall raw energy. The better-known Anselm Reyle comes to mind, but Fleming keeps his shapes more distinctly graphic. He embraces geometry in his forms, which are contrasted with brushy gestural backgrounds.

Many of Fleming’s paintings are built up and heavily textured, suggesting that Fleming has a keen interest in sculptural qualities. By focusing on vivid variety, “Suckerpunch” translates as a dynamic and enthusiastic indulgence of color, form, and gesture.

Through June 14, at Mike Weiss Gallery (520 W. 24th St., btw. 10th & 11th Aves.). Hours: Tues. – Sat., 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. Call 212-691-6899 or visit mikeweissgallery.com.

LARRY CLARK: “they thought i were but i aren’t anymore…”

Known primarily for his significant photographic and filmic works, Clark has recently expanded his creative production to the mediums of sculpture and painting. This exhibition serves as a significant survey of his oeuvre, featuring works from 1961 to the present. His earliest portrait of his friend Johnny Bridges, made with a Rolleiflex camera borrowed from his mother, is as much part of this tour de force as later paintings.

Courtesy of the artist and Mike Weiss Gallery Joe Fleming’s “The Flood #2” (2014 | Enamel, spray-foam, streetsign, metal, wood | 45x42x10in). On view at Mike Weiss Gallery, through June 14.

Courtesy of the artist and Mike Weiss Gallery
Joe Fleming’s “The Flood #2” (2014 | Enamel, spray-foam, streetsign, metal, wood | 45x42x10in). On view at Mike Weiss Gallery, through June 14.

As a fervent collector, Clark sources inspiration from a large collection of snapshots and printed material. His main interest has been, and remains, kids on the brink of becoming men and women, capturing some of the beautiful, painful, productive and destructive aspects involved in this transition.

June 7 – Aug. 1, at Luhring Augustine (531 W. 24th St., btw. 10th & 11th Aves.). Hours: Tues. – Sat., 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. After July 4: Mon. – Fri., 10 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. For more info, call 212-206-9100 or visit luhringaugustine.com.

2 Responses to Buhmann on Art

  1. Gina June 4, 2014 at 8:49 pm

    The “homage” to Brad is disgusting. Mr. Clark was regretfully allowed into his home that day and now I see why. For him to document Brad’s addictions as a source of his “inspiration” is shameful. He was someone’s child, father, brother, friend. And seeing as how he died of a drug overdose, I can’t say enough how distasteful these photos are. (Oh, sorry. These are justified as ART.) Good work, Clark.

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  2. Gina June 5, 2014 at 11:02 pm

    What a hero. He helped him kick drugs to get his movie made but documented photos first. Someone please send him my best regards.

    Filmmaker LARRY CLARK was once forced to “kidnap” BRAD RENFRO to make sure the late actor was clean of drugs before they started shooting a movie together. Clark visited Renfro, who was found dead from a heroin overdose last month (Jan08), at his Knoxville, Tennessee home in advance of filming Bully in 2000 – and was shocked by the then-17-year-old’s bloated, drug-addled appearance. The director realised that if he didn’t force Renfro to clean up, his movie would never get made because no insurance company would cover an actor in his condition. Clark recalls, “I said, ‘What the f**k are you doing?’ He’d been banging coke. He has tracks running down both arms. He looks horrible. I just saw the whole movie going down the drain… “I’ve been around a lot of addicts and alcoholics, and I remember thinking at the time, this is one of the worst cases I’ve ever seen. “(So) I kidnapped him. He kicked (drugs) in the car. He had a seizure. There’s nothing you can do. It doesn’t last that long.”

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