Friday 5/06/2005


Peter Hujar died of AIDS in 1987 and was a central figure in the group of artists, musicians, writers and performers at the forefront of the cultural scene in downtown New York in the 1970s and early 1980s. He was enormously admired for his completely uncompromising attitude towards work and life. A consummate technician who produced works that are highly emotional yet stripped of excess, Hujar’s photographs are always beautiful, although rarely in a conventional way.

Peter Hujar’s work has been the subject of major retrospectives at the Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam and the Fotomuseum in Winterthur, Switzerland, and his pictures were included in this summer’s Whitney Museum exhibition, Visions of America: Photographs from the Whitney Museum of American Art, 1940-2001. A new monograph, Animals and Nudes, has just been published by Twin Palms, with an essay by Klaus Kertess.

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