EXHIBITION: PETER HUJAR - PORTRAITS
at Pace/MacGill Gallery, New York, USA
Peter Hujar was a classical portrait photographer; one who despite choosing diverse, often shocking, subjects was relatively conservative with composition. His most widely known pieces, a 1975 portrait of friend Susan Sontag lying on a bed and Candy Darling on her Deathbed – Darling, also a friend, was born James Lawrence Slattery and was part of Andy Warhol’s superstar set — exemplify this approach:
Hujar gets us close to both, but we are never too intimate. As Sontag stares into the distance, and Darling beyond us, it is as if they are detached from their surroundings. And though posed, neither is performing.
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Feb. 28 - Apr. 20, 2013
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