It makes a kind of crazy sense that two of the most important and enduring influences on visual culture since the '60s—Diane Arbus and Larry Clark—should have retrospectives in the city at the same time. Although both photographers are known primarily for conventionally scaled, black-and-white portraiture, little else about their work is traditional. Both pursued an intensely personal, often frankly autobiographical vision with little concern for its popular reception. Inevitably, perhaps, both attracted cult followings. Both changed the way we view outsiders, but not before making many viewers deeply uncomfortable in the process. Both attempted to bridge or, in Clark's case, obliterate the distance between themselves and their subjects. Both struggled with what are now commonly known as "personal demons." Both lost control.... More >>>