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"It was timethe election was stolen, robbed by middle-men on top. Folks who though the past was the future because they owned the present. Entitlement didn't come from being lazy; it came from cunning, aggrandizing connivance. The leader was a twice entitles frat boy, a thick-headed intellectual goon, with charisma informed by homily and stubborn gotcha comfort."
Larry Fink

Originally conceived as a scathing comment on the 2000 presidential election, The Forbidden Pictures by Larry Fink were set to run in The New York Times Magazine in the fall of 2001. Then, after the tragic events of September 11 and the ensuing reluctance for criticism found in the media and general public, these images remained largely unseen until their exhibition, first at Lehigh University, Pennsylvania in the spring of 2004, then the following summer at The powerHouse Gallery, New York, timed with the Republican National Convention. Published for the first time in The Forbidden Pictures, Fink's tableaux set Bush administration look-alikes in the opulent world of Weimar-era painting, referencing the decadent depictions of painters Max Beckmann, George Grosz, and Otto Dix.

Included in the catalog is a selction of outraged emails by hostile conservatives in response to the Lehigh exhibition. Equating the images with the 2004 Super Bowl halftime show, one writer declared, "...this is not art! It is DISGUSTING..." Standing in sharp contrast to the populist opinion, Graydon Carter's essay declares that Fink's photographs, "...remind us that after a war based on deception, the tearing away of our civil rights, and the atmosphere of unprecedented secrecy surrounding the White House, it's no longer liberal hysteria to say that we're living under the governace of what can reasonably said to be an imperial presidency." Presenting both sides of the political spectrum, The Forbidden Pictures is a document ofand in fact a response tothe extremities of rhetoric and partisanship that continue to characterize American politics.

Publisher : powerHouse Books (July 1, 2004)
Language : English
Paperback : 24 pages
ISBN-10 : 1576872440
ISBN-13 : 978-1576872444
Item Weight : 7.3 ounces
Dimensions : 10 x 0.5 x 10.5 inches