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Peter Hujar: Speed of Life

texts by Joel Smith, Philip Gefter, Steve Turtell, and Martha Scott Burton ; translator: Nicolee Spiller
Format
Book
Published
New York : Aperture ; Barcelona, Spain : Fundación MAPFRE, 2017.
Edition
First Apeture edition
First English-language edition
Language
Text in English, translated from the Spanish
Uniform Title
Photographs
Variant Title
Speed of life
ISBN
9781597114141, 1597114146
Summary
Peter Hujar was a leading figure of the downtown New York scene of the 1970s and '80s. He is most well-known for his portraits of New York City's artists, musicians, writers, and performers, which feature characters such as Susan Sontag, William S. Burroughs, David Wojnarowicz, and Andy Warhol, and was admired for his completely uncompromising attitude toward work and life. Hujar was a consummate technician, and his portraits of people, animals, and landscapes, with their exquisite black-and-white tonalities, were extremely influential. Underappreciated during his lifetime, Hujar is now a revered icon of the lost downtown art scene, and his photographs are held in permanent collections around the world. Over 160 photographs are gathered in Peter Hujar: Speed of Life. Published alongside a major touring exhibition, this collection presents Hujar's famous portraiture as well as his lesser-known projects.
Contents
  • A gorgeous mental discretion / Joel Smith
  • Peter Hugar : Éros, c'est la vie / Philip Gefter
  • Peter Hujar in New Orleans / Steve Turtell
  • Plates
  • Chronology / Joel Smith with Martha Scott Burton
  • Exhibitions and bibliography / Joel Smith with Martha Scott Burton
  • List of works.
Description
246 pages : illustrations (some color), portraits ; 29 cm
Notes
  • Catalog of an exhibition held at Fundación MAPFRE, Barcelona, Spain, January-April 2017; Fotomuseum The Hague, Netherlands, July-October 2017; The Morgan Library & Museum, New York, January-May 2018; and Berkeley Art Museum & Pacific Film Archive, California, July-October 2018.
  • Includes bibliographical references (pages 241-243).
Recording Info
"Peter Hujar: Speed of Life" : January 26-May 20, 2017, Fundación MAPFRE, Barcelona, Spain.
"Peter Hujar: Speed of Life" : July 1-October 15, 2017, Fotomuseum The Hague, Netherlands.
"Peter Hujar: Speed of Life" : January 26-May 20, 2018, Morgan Library and Museum, New York, New York, United States.
"Peter Hujar: Speed of Life" : July 11-October 7, 2018, Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive, Berkeley, California, United States.
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