THINK OF ME WHEN IT THUNDERS
First edition, Aprile 2022
‘The portraitist is an observer of people; his attitudes and feelings will be reflected in his observations, and usually the interest in personality makes one study faces. Other aspects of personality show in the body—posture, ways of moving, etc.—but most is revealed in the face. People make their own faces, and Larry knew this instinctively’.
With these words, Hockney remembers Larry Stanton, the New York portrait artist whose life was cut short by AIDS in 1984, at the age of 37, just as his work was beginning to attract critical acclaim. As friends like Hockney and the famed Met curator Henry Geldzahler brought Stanton deeper into the fold of the art world, Stanton also suffered the lows of relative obscurity, with perhaps none doing more to support his talent as partner, mentor, adoptive father, and close friend Arthur Lambert, who still lives surrounded by the artist’s paintings and drawings 40 years later.
Edited by Fabio Cherstich and Arthur Lambert, Larry Stanton: Think of Me When It Thunders is a tribute to yet another artist that died before they could leave their mark and is the definitive publication on Stanton’s art and life to date. It includes 139 artworks, many of them portraits of the boys he met on nightly outings, as well as friends and family and a large collection of self-portraits, plus previously unpublished archive imagery of Stanton’s circle.
With texts by Cherstich, Lambert, Hockney, Geldzahler, and more, it’s part artbook, part personal history, a round-up of the faces and names that formed Stanton’s world.
Text by Fabio Cherstich
Video produced and edited da Michael Cukr
Directed by Joshua Olley
Director of photography Alex Rapine
Archivial footage by Arthur Lambert and Larry Stanton
Music by Roger Sena