Peter Hujar’s portraits capture the ephemeral beauty of art world creatives in New York during the 1970’s and 1980’s. During this time we saw a new wave in music emerge and the standard for glamorous nightlife raised. The force of the downtown art scene, of which Hujar was considered a cult figure, was refreshing and undeniable. Yet, beneath all the excitement was the fear surrounding the AIDS epidemic. The disease would claim many of Hujar’s subjects and he himself succumb to the illness in 1987. His portraiture highlights the beauty of a passing moment and also addresses his relationship with the male form. Selections of Hujar’s beautiful yet haunting portraits are on view now through April 20th at Pace/MacGill Gallery in New York.
Peter Hujar’s work and photographic legacy was recently profiled in Time Magazine and can be viewed here.