2 months ago
I posted this with a text for @the_give_and_take and wanted to share it here as well. Merry Christmas.
Philip-Lorca diCorcia, Hartford, 1978, Fujicolor Crystal Archive Print. Merry Christmas everyone! The gifts around a Christmas tree, the art, the furniture, the steps along the wall, a bowl of fruit & no family in sight. Is that you PL placing the presents perfectly for the picture, facing the Lord & Taylor box with its red rose toward camera? The tree in the corner holds as much weight as it can handle, no room for an angel to top it off. There it is, a readymade staged tableau and yet all too real- it wasn’t a stylist who wrapped those presents but a relative! This early diCorcia picture seems a prescient indicator of what would come in his work, dramatizing the real through some subtle intervention, usually light. I ran into my friend PL in Greenwich Village a few days ago, he had a bag of dried fish for the Feast of the Seven Fishes, an Italian Christmas tradition, which I imagine someone behind the scenes in the kitchen of this home in Hartford in 1978 is preparing. This is @peterbaker42 enjoying playing @the_give_and_take & wishing you all a Merry Christmas & Peaceful New Year. Back to you Audrey! #philiplorcadicorcia