(American, b. 1941)
Gelatin silver print
Image: 34.5 x 25.4 cm (13 9/16 x 10 in.); Paper: 35.3 x 27.8 cm (13 7/8 x 10 15/16 in.); Matted: 50.8 x 40.6 cm (20 x 16 in.)
Gift of Dorothy and Eugene Prakapas 1988.183
Larry Fink likes to catch people unaware, but one person here noticed him as he clicked the shutter.
There are two parts to Larry Fink’s Social Graces series: images like this of people attending elite social events in New York City and pictures of celebrations held by the Sabatine family, the artist’s working-class neighbors in rural Pennsylvania. Here, the juxtaposition of guests with the server, who tries to bow out of the picture, is a reminder of the laborers whose efforts make black-tie events possible.
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