The work of Peter Hujar (1934–1987) is revered by artists, yet still something of a secret to the wider art public. His photographs dealing with sex and eros—pictures that are among his finest and most radical work—may be responsible in part for the sub rosa quality of his reputation. Fraenkel Gallery presents the first exhibition and publication to focus on Hujar’s photographs of love and lust.
Twenty-seven years after his death, certain of the photographs will still make many viewers uneasy. Hujar’s view of the human body was uninhibited and uncompromising, but his most original work broke new ground in capturing eros and eroticism. [Note: the exhibition includes sexually explicit images.]
Peter Hujar: Love & Lust is accompanied by an 82-page, illustrated catalogue. Although individual works have been seen in survey exhibitions, they have never before been published as a whole. The catalogue also features an essay by Vince Aletti and an interview with Fran Lebowitz.
The exhibition runs concurrently with Nan Goldin: Nine Self-Portraits.