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(1934 – 1987), USA

Peter Hujar Biography

Hujar's works recall the photographic language of Diane Arbus; his pictures have the same existential tone but extend a cynical, perverse look on mankind. His works are sublime, dark and hazy but loving and touching in a way that is characteristic of certain strands in vintage photography like Strand and Stieglitz. His legendary book Portraits in Life and Death is a unique achievement, bringing together scenes of melancholy and beauty, sadness and hope in a single bound collection. Another wonderful publication, Animals and Nudes, juxtaposes forms in a disarming, down-to-earth way that belies his impressive technical and compositional skills. The animals are human in the plight of their everyday existence, and the humans animal-like, reduced as they are to a pre-societal state. Photographs are seen here for what they basically are: mechanically produced works on paper, which accounts perhaps for the derisive attitudes to photography as stand-alone art medium in the past. 

Peter Hujar Featured Artworks

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Christopher Street Pier #4 by Peter Hujar contemporary artwork
Peter HujarChristopher Street Pier #4, 1976Vintage gelatin silver print
Pace Gallery
Christopher Street Pier #2 (Crossed Legs) by Peter Hujar contemporary artwork
Peter HujarChristopher Street Pier #2 (Crossed Legs), 1976Pigmented ink print
Pace Gallery
Christopher Street Pier #5 by Peter Hujar contemporary artwork
Peter HujarChristopher Street Pier #5, 1976Vintage gelatin silver print
Pace Gallery
Hudson River (III) by Peter Hujar contemporary artwork
Peter HujarHudson River (III), 1976Pigmented ink print
Pace Gallery
Self Portrait (with a string around his neck) by Peter Hujar contemporary artwork
Peter HujarSelf Portrait (with a string around his neck), 1980Digital pigment print
37.1 x 37.5 cm
Maureen Paley
David Wojnarowicz by Peter Hujar contemporary artwork
Peter HujarDavid Wojnarowicz, 1981Gelatin-silver print
Maureen Paley
Peggy Lee by Peter Hujar contemporary artwork
Peter HujarPeggy Lee, 1974Vintage gelatin silver print
37.1 x 37.1 cm
Maureen Paley
Paul Thek by Peter Hujar contemporary artwork
Peter HujarPaul Thek, 1975Digital pigment print
37.5 x 37.5 cm
Maureen Paley

Peter Hujar Recent Exhibitions

Contemporary art exhibition, Peter Hujar, Cruising Utopia at Pace Gallery, Online Only, New York
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30 June–14 July 2020 Peter Hujar Cruising Utopia Pace GalleryOnline Only
Contemporary art exhibition, Moyra Davey & Peter Hujar, Moyra Davey  Peter Hujar at Galerie Buchholz, Berlin
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13 February–11 April 2020 Moyra Davey & Peter Hujar Moyra Davey Peter Hujar Galerie BuchholzBerlin
Contemporary art exhibition, Peter Hujar, Master Class at Pace Gallery, New York
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14 September–19 October 2019 Peter Hujar Master Class Pace GalleryNew York

Peter Hujar Represented By

Maureen Paley contemporary art gallery in London, United Kingdom Maureen Paley London, Hove
Pace Gallery contemporary art gallery in New York, USA Pace Gallery New York, London, Geneva, Palo Alto, Hong Kong, Seoul, Beijing

Peter Hujar In Ocula Magazine

The Lowdown: shows to see during Armory Week Ocula Feature The Lowdown: shows to see during Armory Week By Robert Ayers, New York

The Armory Show is really just the weekend-long cherry on top of the splendid sundae that is the New York art scene and all it has to offer.

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Peter Hujar In Related Press

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Pace Gallery opens Chelsea HQ with Calder, Hockney and more Related Press Pace Gallery opens Chelsea HQ with Calder, Hockney and more 8 October 2019, Wallpaper*

While a handful of Manhattan galleries have flocked south where Tribeca is emerging as a new cultural destination, it's the international blue-chips who are banking on Chelsea's staying power. The recent opening of Pace Gallery's 75,000 sq ft headquarters, designed by Bonetti/Kozerski Architecture, cements the powerhouse's presence in the city's...

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Your Concise New York Art Guide for Fall 2019 Related Press Your Concise New York Art Guide for Fall 2019 10 September 2019, Hyperallergic

As always, there are many wonderful exhibitions, film festivals, and art events taking place throughout the fall in New York. We've put together our recommendations, and hope that they encourage you to explore the artistic happenings of this great city. Focusing on museums, art nonprofits, and galleries that continue to make New York a global hub...

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'You always find something different': Sir Elton John on his love of photography Related Press 'You always find something different': Sir Elton John on his love of photography 14 March 2017, Christie's

‘A photograph brings me so much joy, they’re beautiful objects,’ says Sir Elton John, discussing a remarkable collection of 25 works by some of the world’s greatest photographers, to be offered at Christie’s in New York on 6 April 2017. Proceeds from the sale of these works will benefit the Elton John AIDS Foundation (EJAF), an international...

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The beasts within: Artists tap into their wild sides for a roaring show Related Press The beasts within: Artists tap into their wild sides for a roaring show 26 November 2016, Wallpaper*

Rarely before have we seen such a long and varied list of contributors, as we do in Marian Goodman Gallery's group show Animality. The 'cast of creatures' ranges from dogs, camels, fish to octopi, and charts a history from George Orwell to Gabriel Orozco by way of Marcel Broodthaers. Curator Jens Hoffmann, never one to turn down a...

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