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Jul 19, 2014 06:30 pm Aug 24, 2014 London Maureen Paley PETER HUJAR
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Self-Portrait Smoking, 1958, vintage gelatin silver print, © 1987 The Peter Hujar Archive LLC. Courtesy Maureen Paley, London; Pace/MacGill Gallery, New York, (MP-HUJAP-00053)



Maureen Paley


Opening Jul 19, 2014 at 06:30 pm
Start date Jul 19, 2014
End date Aug 24, 2014

Maureen Paley is pleased to present the third solo exhibition by Peter Hujar at the gallery. In her introduction to Portraits in Life and Death, Susan Sontag wrote, ‘…Fleshed and moist-eyed friends and acquaintances stand, sit, slouch, mostly lie – and are made to appear to meditate on their own mortality…Peter Hujar knows that portraits in life are always, also, portraits in death.’ Working exclusively in black and white, Hujar vividly documented a New York that has been all but lost to us today. Hujar was a contemporary and friend of Diane Arbus, and both were admirers of Weegee and shared his dark vision. Regardless of subject matter—from the catacombs in Palermo to abandoned, wrecked cars Hujar is a classicist whose distinctive style echoes further back to historical figures such as Atget and Brassaï. Hujar was a mentor and friend to the artists David Wojnarowicz and Paul Thek. His work would go on to influence the photographers Nan Goldin and Robert Mapplethorpe. His sensibility, concentration, eye for detail, and feel for light and texture enable him to find mystery where none is apparent, beauty in the mundane, and grace in disintegration. All of Hujar's work is imbued with a deep sense of mortality and as he makes visible an awareness of life and death as forever enmeshed, a depth of soul. Born in Trenton, New Jersey in 1934, Peter Hujar received his first camera in 1947. His works have been exhibited throughout Europe and the United States.

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Exhibitions in artist-info 44 (S 14/ G 30) Did show together with - Top 5 of 758 artists
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Andy Warhol (12)- 901
Robert Mapplethorpe (11)- 200
Nan Goldin (8)- 172
Diane Arbus [Diane Nemerov Arbus] (8)- 121
David Wojnarowicz (7)- 47
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United States (22)
Germany (7)
Switzerland (6)
United Kingdom (4)
France (1)
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New York (14)
London (4)
Boston (3)
Winterthur (3)
Frankfurt am Main (2)
Venues (no. of shows ) Top 5 of 36
Maureen Paley (3)
Pace MacGill (3)
Fotomuseum Winterthur (3)
Howard Yezerski Gallery (2)
University of California, Berkeley Art Museum - BAM/PFA (2)
Curators (no. of shows) Top 5 of 35
Lawrence R. Rinder(2), Nayland Blake(2), Jean-Luc Monterosso(1), Laurence Bossé(1), Roger Marcel Mayou(1)
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The Blazing World

S|2 Gallery - Sotheby's G Nov 2019 - Jan 2020 London (7) +0
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The Thrill of the Chase

 - The Wagstaff Collection of Photographs at the J. Paul Getty Museum
Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art G Sep 2016 - Dec 2016 Hartford (65) +0
Martineau, Paul (Curator)       +0
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 - My Truth
Kunsthalle Bielefeld G Jul 2016 - Oct 2016 Bielefeld (241) +0
Galerie Thomas Zander S Sep 2015 - Oct 2015 Köln (90) +0
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America Is Hard to See

Whitney Museum of American Art - America Is Hard to See S May 2015 - Sep 2015 New York (1) +0
De Salvo, Donna (Curator)       +0
Foster, Carter E. (Curator)       +0
Miller, Dana (Curator)       +0
Rothkopf, Scott (Curator)       +0
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Beastly / Tierisch

Fotomuseum Winterthur G May 2015 - Oct 2015 Winterthur (110) +0
Forbes, Duncan (Curator)       +0
Gabi, Matthias (Curator)       +0
Janser, Daniela (Curator)       +0
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