Jean Sabatine’s Sixtieth Birthday, May 1992

Social Graces

Jean Sabatine’s Sixtieth Birthday, May 1992

1992

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Larry Fink

(American, b. 1941)

Gelatin silver print

Image: 25.2 x 24.8 cm (9 15/16 x 9 3/4 in.); Paper: 35.2 x 27.7 cm (13 7/8 x 10 7/8 in.)

Gift of Mark Schwartz and Bettina Katz in honor of Barbara Tannenbaum 2012.463.81

Location

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Jean is the matriarch of the Sabatine family, who are the artist’s neighbors in rural Pennsylvania.

Description

One of the most lyrical moments in Social Graces, this scene centers on a cake that is a little lopsided, but obviously made with love. Shot outdoors, the figures are kissed by a gentle natural light. The young girl becomes a conduit for our memories of the magic of celebrations and the anticipation of sugary delights.

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