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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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.