LARRY SULTAN (1946-2009)
Little Cinderella (from The Valley), 1998
chromogenic print, flush-mounted on Dibond
credited and numbered '12' in ink on affixed museum label (frame backing board)
image/sheet: 28 x 4114 in. (71.1 x 104.7 cm.)
overall framed: 30 x 3512 in. (76.2 x 90.1 cm.)
This work is number one from an edition of ten, plus two artist's proofs.
Stephen Wirtz Gallery, San Francisco;
acquired from the above by the present owner, 1999.
San Jose, San Jose Museum, Larry Sultan: Pictures from Home, October 24, 1992–January 31, 1993.
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This work is from Larry Sultan's photographic series The Valley, set in the suburbs of Los Angeles where he grew up. Sultan began this series after being hired by Maxim magazine to depict an average day in the life of a porn star. Over the course of five years he explored the juxtaposition of the San Fernando Valley, an area associated with the porn industry, and the mundane domesticity of every day suburban life. In this portrait Sultan depicts Amber Hunter, an adult film actor known as Lil' Cinderella, who began her career in 1994 and who has a small appearance in the movie Boogie Nights. Here Sultan divorces Amber from all associations to the adult film world, depicting her windswept hair and an oversized sweatshirt. In doing so he compels us to investigates deeper complicated stories behind the austerity of middle class life.

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