Mario Sorrenti
Draw Blood for Proof

April 2 - May 8, 2004

Andrew Roth is pleased to present a photographic installation by the renowned fashion photographer Mario Sorrenti.

During the ‘90s, the decade in which Sorrenti’s fame was mounting, he maintained a wall in his Tribeca loft where he affixed his work prints and drawings, text, and image clippings from magazines and books, letters and personal ephemera. The wall was much like the scrapbook/journals he kept, only more accessible, open for inspection. Before moving from his loft shortly after 9/11, he disassembled the items on the wall in sections having documented them with Polaroids. “Draw Blood for Proof,” Sorrenti’s first solo show in New York, will recreate the private wall from his loft within the gallery space. The material illuminates the spirit and tone of the decade and documents the influences and germination of ideas for Sorrenti’s memorable fashion campaigns along side his more personal projects.

Accompanying the wall installation, we will present a selection of Sorrenti’s private diaries. Andrew Roth has published these five diaries dating from 1992 to 1998 in a limited-edition run.

Mario Sorrenti will be featured in the upcoming Museum of Modern Art exhibition “Fashioning Fiction in Photography Since 1990,” which opens on April 16.