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"I gotta roll, I can’t stand still. Got a flamin’ heart, can’t get my fill. …Didn’t take long ‘fore I found out, what people mean by down and out."Led Zeppelin

Philip-Lorca diCorcia was awarded a prestigious National Endowment for the Arts fellowship in 1989. He took the $45,000 grant money, his 6 x 9 Linhof camera, an assistant, and headed to Los Angeles to create, what has since become, one of his most memorable series, “Hustlers.” These dispassionate portraits of male prostitutes, including a forthcoming monograph from Steidl, are now on display at David Zwirner gallery in New York.

This important exhibit marks 20 years since diCorcia’s first solo show in 1993 at the Museum of Modern Art. The new show offers 40 photographs (along with 15 newly produced works) each notably captioned with the name, age, hometown, and the amount of government-sponsored money diCorcia paid for the hustler’s time.

More than twenty years later these classic, diCorcia images still resonate. What’s different, however, is that now in our 21st Century of universal, instantaneous information, the transaction cost for human flesh is widely understood. —Lane Nevares

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Born in 1951 in Hartford, Connecticut, diCorcia received his M.F.A. from Yale University in 1979. Since 2007, his work has been represented by David Zwirner, where he has had two solo exhibitions at the gallery in New York: Thousand in 2009 and Eleven in 2011. In 2013, the artist’s Hustlers series (1990-1992) was on view at David Zwirner in New York, which coincided with the publication of a large-scale book by steidldangin, also titled Hustlers. Concurrently exhibited at David Zwirner in London was diCorcia’s ongoing body of work East of Eden.

DiCorcia was named one of Martell’s 2012 Artists of the Year, which was accompanied by a touring exhibition in China. He has participated in numerous group exhibitions worldwide and a selection of photographs was recently on view in I Spy: Photography and the Theater of the Street, 1938-2010 at the National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C. Also in 2012 the artist presented a new large-scale installation work, titled Best Seen, Not Heard, which was displayed alongside paintings by Edward Hopper in the eponymous retrospective at the Grand Palais in Paris. This work was shown for the first time in the United States at David Zwirner, New York on the occasion of the Hustlers exhibition. 

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http://www.davidzwirner.com/artists/philip-lorca-dicorcia/biography/

http://peterbaker.org/reflections-on-streetwork/