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Nude Self-Portrait, #3

Artist:
Peter Hujar (American, Trenton, New Jersey 1934–1987 New York)
Date:
1966
Medium:
Gelatin silver print
Dimensions:
41.3 x 34.3 cm (16 1/4 x 13 1/2 in.)
Classification:
Photographs
Credit Line:
Purchase, Vital Projects Fund Inc. Gift, through Joyce and Robert Menschel, 2012
Accession Number:
2012.215
Rights and Reproduction:
© 1966, The Peter Hujar Archive LLC
Not on view
Before his death from AIDS in 1987 at age fifty-three, Hujar was an influential figure in New York’s downtown demimonde. (Nan Goldin once said she never would have become a photographer if it had not been for Hujar.) Hujar’s photographic work is held together less by subject or style than by a particular sensibility: intimate and somber, carnal yet formally refined, cool yet oddly emotional, like a sad song with a good beat. He made this compelling self-portrait in a master class taught by Richard Avedon and Marvin Israel that was also attended by Diane Arbus.
Inscription: Peter Hujar Archive number inscribed in ink on adhesive paper label affixed to mount, verso BR: "EPH1315-1".
Estate of Peter Hijar (The Peter Hujar Archive); [Matthew Marks Gallery, New York, 2011]

The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Johnson Gallery, Selections from the Collection 60," September 11, 2012–January 13, 2013.

Hujar, Peter. Peter Hujar: Animals and Nudes. 1st ed. Santa Fe: Twin Palms Publishers, 2002. unpaginated.



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