A detail from a photograph by Philip-Lorca diCorcia titled Genesis, dated 2015.

Philip-Lorca diCorcia

East of Eden

David Zwirner is pleased to present an exhibition of large-scale photographs from Philip-Lorca diCorcia's ongoing East of Eden series. On view at 525 West 19th Street in New York, the exhibition marks the United States debut of the series, which was first shown in 2013 at David Zwirner, London.

East of Eden, begun in 2008, takes as its source of inspiration the economic and political climate of the United States towards the end of the Bush era. Identifying a parallel between the financial collapse and the biblical Book of Genesis in terms of an "ensuing loss of innocence," East of Eden consists of singular, at times disparate images of people and events after "the fall," unified by a pervading sense of disillusionment. Its title further refers to John Steinbeck's 1952 magnum opus, which echoes many of the themes in the Book of Genesis, such as the classic struggle between good and evil, the hunger for acceptance and greatness, the capacity for self-destruction, and especially guilt and redemption.

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A photograph by Philip-Lorca diCorcia titled Cain and Abel, dated 2013.

Philip-Lorca diCorcia

Cain and Abel, 2013
Inkjet print
39 1/2 x 49 inches (100.3 x 124.5 cm)
A photograph by Philip-Lorca diCorcia titled The Palace, dated 2015.

Philip-Lorca diCorcia

The Palace, 2015
Inkjet print
40 x 49 1/2 inches (101.6 x 125.7 cm)

The photography of Philip-Lorca diCorcia achieves a marvelous balance of artifice and the everyday. Over the past three decades, diCorcia has developed a unique and influential style, in which a realistic, almost documentary style of representation is subverted or countered by visibly staged composition.

A photograph by Philip-Lorca diCorcia titled The Hamptons, dated 2008.

Philip-Lorca diCorcia

The Hamptons, 2008
Inkjet print
40 x 60 inches (101.6 x 152.4 cm)
A photograph by Philip-Lorca diCorcia titled Abraham, dated 2010.

Philip-Lorca diCorcia

Abraham, 2010
Inkjet print
40 x 60 inches (101.6 x 152.4 cm)
A photograph by Philip-Lorca diCorcia titled Sylmar, California, dated 2008.

Philip-Lorca diCorcia

Sylmar, California, 2008
Inkjet print
56 x 71 inches (142.2 x 180.3 cm)

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