“The work of Peter Hujar (born 1934 in Trenton, New Jersey; died 1987) has been the subject of many major exhibitions since the 1980s. The first in Switzerland was at Kunsthalle Basel in 1982. In 1994 he had a show at the Fotomuseum Winterthur and at the Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam, and in 2007 at the ICA London. In 2011, Mai 36 Galerie included Hujar’s series of images Thek’s Studio 1967 in the exhibition Paul Thek – cityscapes and other ideas.
We are delighted to announce the representation of the Peter Hujar Estate by the Mai 36 Galerie in conjunction with Pace/MacGill Gallery and Fraenkel Gallery.
Like his fellow New Yorkers Irving Penn, Richard Avedon and Robert Mapplethorpe, Peter Hujar was originally a fashion photographer. However, his work differs markedly from theirs. Hujar always struggled with the superficiality of fashion photography and was more interested in the portrayal of real life, in its purest form: in all its corporeality and drama, and at times with humour – as in his animal portraits showing the innocence of creatures.”
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