Does the Barbican’s Masculinities exhibition have important things to say about men?
For once, it’s the normative male who gets poked and prodded as a curiosity in this female-curated photography exhibition, and it may provoke bullish defensiveness among some. It forces Mark Hudson to look at himself
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‘Peter Hujar met poet and visual artist David Wojnarowicz in 1980, a year before he made this portrait in his East Village studio. When I look at this picture, which was recently on show at the Jeu de Paume in Paris, I see the love between two people, both estranged from their birth families, left to build their own families within their marginalised community.
Peter Hujar: David Wojnarowicz Reclining (II), 1981. Vintage gelatin silver print, 20 x 16 in (50.8 × 40.6 cm). Courtesy Peter Hujar Archive, Pace/MacGill Gallery, and Fraenkel Gallery
‘Wojnarowicz was diagnosed with AIDS shortly after Hujar’s own AIDS-related death in 1987. In an interview Wojnarowicz once said, “Everything I made, I made for Peter.”’
The Quiet Dignity of Peter Hujar
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by Michael Grieve
There is one photograph that has had a profound effect on me. It’s by Peter Hujar of a man with an erect penis, called Seated Nude, Bruce de Sainte Croix from 1976. I saw it the first time I came to NYC in a small group show, and I had never seen nudity and sexuality shown with such grace and objectivity.
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Masculinity, and its many complex and contradictory iterations, will take centre stage in a new exhibition opening at The Barbican in February. Masculinities: Liberation through Photography will include the work of over 50 photographers and filmmakers from the 1960s through today – from Kenneth Anger, Peter Hujar and David Wojnarowicz to Laurie Anderson, Collier Schorr and Rineke Dijkstra. Each of the featured works serves to debunk or disrupt the myths surrounding modern masculinity in some way, while exploring how masculinity is “experienced, performed, coded and socially constructed”. The show will be divided into six sections, tackling themes of queer identity, the black body, power and patriarchy, female perceptions of men, heteronormative hypermasculine stereotypes, fatherhood and family.
Peter Hujar brise les tabous de la culture queer
by Costanza Spina
At the Jeu de Paume
by Brian Dillon
Peter Hujar : Speed of Life
by Christophe Lunn
The Trash Couture of Stephen Varble
An artist who made a mockery of wealth and class pretensions is revivified as a prophet of possibility in a corrupted world. By Philomena Epps
Peter Hujar Features in This New Photo Book About a Group of Exhibitionists
In 1981 Gary Schneider made a short film about exhibitionism, featuring Peter Hujar and other friends. 38 years later, he has released it as a compelling book of portraits, published by Dashwood Books.
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Masculinities: Liberation through Photography
Major photography exhibition to spark conversations surrounding our understanding of masculinity
by Katy Cowan
Grand Palais | Booth B26
Fraenkel Gallery returns to Paris Photo with new large-format color work by Hiroshi Sugimoto, recent portraits by Katy Grannan, and prints by Vija Celmins. Also on view will be selections from Robert Adams, Diane Arbus, Lee Friedlander, Adam Fuss, Katy Grannan, Peter Hujar, Richard Learoyd, Christian Marclay, Richard Misrach, Ralph Eugene Meatyard, Alec Soth, Richard T. Walker, and Garry Winogrand.