Peter Hujar curated by Elton John

A fifty-photograph survey of the artist’s celebrated career, selected by the acclaimed musician.

John Kelly (I), 1981
gelatin silver print, 20 x 16 inches (sheet) [50.8 x 40.6 cm]

Fraenkel Gallery is pleased to present Peter Hujar curated by Elton John, a fifty-photograph survey of Hujar’s celebrated career. An esteemed collector of photographs as well as one of the world’s most acclaimed musicians, Elton John writes in the exhibition catalogue:

“Though I became a serious—one might even say addicted—collector of photographs in the early 1990s, it wasn’t until 2011 that I acquired my first photograph by Peter Hujar. His work was not well-known back then, and it took a while before I came across it. In the years since acquiring that first Hujar I’ve added fourteen more into my personal collection.”

Elton John’s selection of Hujar’s photographs includes works spanning nearly two decades: fellow performers (Stevie Wonder, Peggy Lee, and Edgar Winter), portraits of the artist’s wide-ranging circle of friends, his landmark nudes, atmospheric landscapes, animal portraits, and a moving image of the artist with his mother.

A portion of the proceeds from the exhibition will go to the Elton John AIDS Foundation, and the exhibition will be accompanied by a fully illustrated catalogue published by Fraenkel Gallery.

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