Embarrassment of Riches: Picturing Global Wealth

While most exhibitions exploring the economic plight of people around the world lean toward the struggles of the poor, Embarrassment of Riches: Picturing Global Wealth, which is currently on view at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts, turns its focal point on the exploits of the rich and spoiled folks that occupy the upper echelon of society. Martin Parr, Cindy Sherman, Tina Barney, and Jacqueline Hassink are among the nine photographers and video artists poignantly presenting members of the jet-setting class in this surprisingly succinct show about money.

Parr sets his lens on the swells in Paris, Cambridge, and Dubai; Sherman portrays herself as a rich retiree with a passion for fashion and travel; Barney gets cozy with wealthy European families in their plush domestic settings; and Kassink shows us the fascinating world of car girls and luxury rides at auto shows worldwide. Meanwhile, the youngest artist in the pack, Alex Prager, photographically stages glamorous scenarios right out of Hollywood films with a cast of youthful divas in emotionally charged roles.

Embarrassment of Riches: Picturing Global Wealth is on view at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts through January 2.

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