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Peter Hujar

American, 1934–1987

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Peter Hujar

American, 1934–1987

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Hujar, who died of AIDS in 1987, left behind a complex and profound body of photographs. He was a leading 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 '80s, and was enormously admired for his completely uncompromising attitude towards work and life. He was a consummate technician, and his portraits of people, animals, and landscapes, with their exquisite black-and-white tonalities, were extremely influential. Highly emotional yet stripped of excess, Hujar's photographs are always beautiful, although rarely in a conventional way. His extraordinary first book, Portraits in Life and Death, with an introduction by Susan Sontag, was published in 1976, but his "difficult" personality and refusal to pander to the marketplace ensured that it was his last publication during his lifetime.

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The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), and 3 more
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Biography

Hujar, who died of AIDS in 1987, left behind a complex and profound body of photographs. He was a leading 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 '80s, and was enormously admired for his completely uncompromising attitude towards work and life. He was a consummate technician, and his portraits of people, animals, and landscapes, with their exquisite black-and-white tonalities, were extremely influential. Highly emotional yet stripped of excess, Hujar's photographs are always beautiful, although rarely in a conventional way. His extraordinary first book, Portraits in Life and Death, with an introduction by Susan Sontag, was published in 1976, but his "difficult" personality and refusal to pander to the marketplace ensured that it was his last publication during his lifetime.

Career Highlights
Learn more about artist insights.
Blue chip status
Blue chip representation
Represented by internationally reputable galleries.
User
Solo show at a major institution
The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), and 3 more
Group
Group show at a major institution
The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), and 5 more
Institution
Collected by a major institution
Museum of Modern Art (MoMA)
Publication
Reviewed by a major art publication
Artforum, and 5 more
Articles Featuring Peter Hujar
Peter Hujar Captured His Lover and Friends in These Subversive Photographs
Jul 17th, 2020
Peter Hujar Captured His Lover and Friends in These Subversive Photographs
Queer Art, Gay Pride, and the Stonewall Riots—50 Years Later
Jun 3rd, 2019
Queer Art, Gay Pride, and the Stonewall Riots—50 Years Later
Why Mapplethorpe’s Photographs Remain Subversive, Even without the Shock Value
Jan 14th, 2019
Why Mapplethorpe’s Photographs Remain Subversive, Even without the Shock Value
Peter Hujar Posthumously Resurrects the 1970s New York of Warhol, Waters, and Wojnarowicz
Feb 5th, 2016
Peter Hujar Posthumously Resurrects the 1970s New York of Warhol, Waters, and Wojnarowicz
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