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Yancey Richardson Gallery

Domestic Theater

  • Larry Sultan

Press for Domestic Theater

Current Exhibitions at Yancey Richardson Gallery


Project Gallery: East Meets West

  • Tseng Kwong Chi,
  • Opens: Feb. 13, 2020
  • Closes: Apr. 04, 2020
  • Reception: Feb. 13, 2020
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Temporarily Censored Home

  • Guanyu Xu,
  • Opens: Feb. 13, 2020
  • Closes: Apr. 04, 2020
  • Reception: Feb. 13, 2020
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Itteki

  • Yamamoto Masao,
  • Opens: Dec. 12, 2019
  • Closes: Feb. 08, 2020
  • Reception: Dec. 12, 2019
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Just So

  • David Hilliard,
  • Opens: Oct. 24, 2019
  • Closes: Dec. 07, 2019
  • Reception: Oct. 24, 2019
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

To Want for Nothing

  • Laura Letinsky,
  • Opens: Sep. 12, 2019
  • Closes: Oct. 19, 2019
  • Reception: Sep. 12, 2019
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Transcript - Yale MFA Photography 2019 Thesis Show

  • Sara Abbaspour,
  • Genesis Báez,
  • Molly Berman,
  • Felix Davey,
  • Brian Galderisi,
  • Rodrigo López,
  • Kaitlin Maxwell,
  • Chase Middleton,
  • Angel Pedro,
  • Kanthy Peng,
  • Opens: Jul. 11, 2019
  • Closes: Aug. 23, 2019
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Oldenburgs

  • Sharon Core,
  • Opens: May. 16, 2019
  • Closes: Jul. 03, 2019
  • Reception: May. 16, 2019
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Land Mark

  • Victoria Sambunaris,
  • Opens: Apr. 11, 2019
  • Closes: May. 11, 2019
  • Reception: Apr. 11, 2019
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Domestic Theater

  • Larry Sultan
  • Opens: Feb. 21, 2019
  • Closes: Apr. 06, 2019
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Blue Sweep

  • Andrew Moore,
  • Opens: Dec. 13, 2018
  • Closes: Feb. 09, 2019
  • Reception: Dec. 13, 2018
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Project Gallery: Halos

  • Rachel Perry,
  • Opens: Oct. 25, 2018
  • Closes: Dec. 08, 2018
  • Reception: Oct. 25, 2018
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Lineations 2

  • Sandi Haber Fifield,
  • Opens: Oct. 25, 2018
  • Closes: Dec. 08, 2018
  • Reception: Oct. 25, 2018
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Fragile Land

  • Ori Gersht,
  • Opens: Sep. 06, 2018
  • Closes: Oct. 20, 2018
  • Reception: Sep. 06, 2018
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Interventions

  • John Baldessari,
  • Mary Ellen Bartley,
  • Marco Breuer,
  • Moyra Davey,
  • Jay DeFeo,
  • Sandi Haber Fifield,
  • Bryan Graf,
  • Nicholas Hall,
  • Pello Irazu,
  • Matthew Jensen,
  • Kenneth Josephson,
  • Kensuke Koike,
  • Elad Lassry,
  • Mary Lum,
  • Joseph Maida,
  • Chris McCaw,
  • Vik Muniz,
  • Sarah Hollis Perry & Rachel Perry,
  • Paul Mpagi Sepuya,
  • Erin Shirreff,
  • Alyson Shotz,
  • Doug & Mike Starn,
  • Mickalene Thomas,
  • Masao Yamamoto,
  • Opens: Jul. 11, 2018
  • Closes: Aug. 24, 2018
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Atlas

  • David Maisel,
  • Opens: May. 17, 2018
  • Closes: Jul. 06, 2018
  • Reception: May. 17, 2018
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Photobooth Pieces [EXTENDED]

  • Jared Bark,
  • Opens: Mar. 29, 2018
  • Closes: May. 12, 2018
  • Reception: Mar. 29, 2018
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Soundtrack to My Life

  • Rachel Perry,
  • Opens: Feb. 08, 2018
  • Closes: Mar. 24, 2018
  • Reception: Feb. 08, 2018
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Forest

  • Jitka Hanzlová,
  • Opens: Dec. 14, 2017
  • Closes: Feb. 03, 2018
  • Reception: Dec. 14, 2017
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Zanele Muholi

  • Zanele Muholi,
  • Opens: Nov. 02, 2017
  • Closes: Dec. 09, 2017
  • Reception: Nov. 02, 2017
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Truppe Fledermaus & The Carnival at the End of the World

  • Kahn & Selesnick,
  • Opens: May. 15, 2014
  • Closes: Jul. 03, 2014
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Yours, More Pretty

  • Laura Letinsky,
  • Opens: Sep. 04, 2014
  • Closes: Oct. 14, 2014
  • Reception: Sep. 04, 2014
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Paperbacks

  • Mary Ellen Bartley,
  • Opens: Sep. 04, 2014
  • Closes: Oct. 18, 2014
  • Reception: Sep. 04, 2014
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Feels Like Real

  • Matthew Jensen,
  • Opens: May. 07, 2015
  • Closes: Jun. 20, 2015
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Prismatic Tracks

  • Bryan Graf,
  • Opens: Oct. 23, 2014
  • Closes: Dec. 06, 2014
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Genesis

  • Sebastiao Salgado,
  • Opens: Dec. 11, 2014
  • Closes: Jan. 24, 2015
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Time Flies

  • Esko Mannikko,
  • Opens: Jan. 29, 2015
  • Closes: Mar. 14, 2015
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

A Room of One's Own

  • Elina Brotherus,
  • Anne Collier,
  • Jay DeFeo,
  • Saul Fletcher,
  • David Gilbert,
  • Bryan Graf,
  • Leslie Hewitt,
  • Pello Irazu,
  • Laura Letinsky,
  • Yamini Nayar,
  • Paul Mpagi Sepuya,
  • Mickalene Thomas,
  • Opens: Jul. 01, 2015
  • Closes: Aug. 21, 2015
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

One to One

  • Jitka Hanzlová,
  • Opens: Mar. 19, 2015
  • Closes: May. 02, 2015
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Chiral Lines

  • Rachel Perry Welty,
  • Opens: Sep. 10, 2015
  • Closes: Oct. 17, 2015
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Somnyama Ngonyama

  • Zanele Muholi,
  • Opens: Oct. 23, 2015
  • Closes: Dec. 05, 2015
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

LUX: The Radiant Sea

  • Group show,
  • Opens: Jul. 14, 2016
  • Closes: Aug. 19, 2016
  • Reception: Jul. 14, 2016
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Homage: Malkovich and the Masters

  • Sandro Miller,
  • Opens: May. 12, 2016
  • Closes: Jul. 01, 2016
  • Reception: May. 12, 2016
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Understory

  • Sharon Core,
  • Opens: Mar. 24, 2016
  • Closes: May. 07, 2016
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Figures, Grounds and Studies

  • Paul Mpagi Sepuya,
  • Opens: Feb. 02, 2017
  • Closes: Apr. 01, 2017
  • Reception: Feb. 02, 2017
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Rocks and Clouds

  • Mitch Epstein,
  • Opens: Sep. 08, 2016
  • Closes: Oct. 22, 2016
  • Reception: Sep. 08, 2016
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

The Sun Room

  • Bryan Graf,
  • Opens: Oct. 27, 2016
  • Closes: Dec. 03, 2016
  • Reception: Oct. 27, 2016
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Masao Yamamoto

  • Masao Yamamoto,
  • Opens: Dec. 08, 2016
  • Closes: Jan. 28, 2017
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

South

  • Mark Steinmetz,
  • Opens: Apr. 06, 2017
  • Closes: May. 13, 2017
  • Reception: Apr. 06, 2017
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

EXTENDED: Nexus

  • Victoria Sambunaris,
  • Opens: May. 18, 2017
  • Closes: Jul. 07, 2017
  • Reception: May. 18, 2017
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Notions of Home

  • John Baldessari,
  • Tina Barney,
  • Mike Brodie,
  • Amy Elkins,
  • Mitch Epstein,
  • Samuel Gratacap,
  • Jitka Hanzlova,
  • Anthony Hernandez,
  • David Hilliard,
  • Justine Kurland,
  • Lisa Kereszi,
  • Laura Letinsky,
  • Alex MacLean,
  • Esko Mannikko,
  • Andrew Moore,
  • Mark Ruwedel,
  • Sebastiao Salgado,
  • Julius Shulman,
  • Mark Steinmetz,
  • Larry Sultan
  • Opens: Jul. 12, 2017
  • Closes: Aug. 25, 2017
  • Reception: Jul. 12, 2017
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Landscapes for the Homeless, and Public Transit

  • Anthony Hernandez,
  • Opens: Sep. 15, 2017
  • Closes: Oct. 21, 2017
  • Reception: Sep. 15, 2017
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

When

Feb 21 - Apr 06, 2019


Where

Yancey Richardson Gallery

  • 525 W 22nd St, New York NY 10011 Map
  • 646.230.9610

About

Yancey Richardson is pleased to present Larry Sultan: Domestic Theater, the first exhibition of the California artist (1946-2009) in New York since 2004. The photographs are selected from Sultan’s series Pictures from Home (1983), Untitled Home Movie Stills (1984-93) and The Valley (1997-2003), in addition to editorial work made between 1993 and 2003 for Wallpaper and Bottega Veneta. Sultan probed the medium of photography, experimenting with its structure and challenging its truth-telling capabilities. A hybrid of documentary and staged photography often touched with tender irony, his photographs mine the psychological nuances in daily family interaction across the suburban landscape. Throughout, Sultan’s images negotiate between reality and fantasy, domesticity and desire, revealing the personal and the idiosyncratic in the flow of ordinary life.



Just as his personal work shaped his editorial work, the assignments informed Sultan’s personal projects, leading most significantly to the extended series The Valley. On assignment in 1997 Sultan discovered that the adult-film industry frequently rented the suburban tract houses of his childhood neighborhood in order to create x-rated dramas. Photographing during porn shoots in the homes of dentists, lawyers and accountants, Sultan juxtaposed the naked bodies of actors with the mundane domesticity of the homes, including glimpses of the jeans-clad production crew and their hard-edged equipment as visual clues.



Pictures from Home chronicles Sultan’s parents’ pursuit of the American dream, played out in the suburban landscapes of Los Angeles and Palm Desert, California, while simultaneously exploring the complexities of family dynamics and mythmaking. Fully realized as a book in 1992, Pictures from Home combines spontaneous photographs of the artist’s parents with those he staged, home movie stills, interviews and ruminations of his own. The frames Sultan selectively printed from his family’s home movies reveal an idyllic narrative of the family on vacations, in convertibles or playing in a sundrenched yard. Sultan describes these as “…folktales – epic celebrations of the family. They were remarkable, more like a record of hopes and fantasies than of actual events. It was as if my parents had projected their dreams onto film emulsion. ”



Intrigued by Sultan’s blending of authenticity with fiction, and his merging of the mundane with the absurd, a wide array of publications such as the New York Times, Details, Vanity Fair, Interview and W commissioned him to bring a similar sensibility to their pages. Forward-thinking photo editors and magazines valued Sultan’s uncanny ability to visually illuminate their stories while simultaneously interrogating the imagery and its cultural underpinnings in a way that was sensitive, nuanced, seductive, and darkly humorous.

Within the confines of these assignments, Sultan found a way to make work very much his own, imbuing the resulting pictures with a characteristic ambiguity, mystery and absurdity. As Sultan explains, “I'm interested, not in the construction of pornography, but rather in dismantling it, in exploring domesticity, the construction of desire; all as a way of dealing with my own projections, my own nostalgia of growing up in those houses…by photographing this I’m planted squarely in the terrain of my own ambivalence – that rich and fertile field that stretches out between fascination and repulsion, desire and loss. I’m home again.”


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