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 would never 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. Hujar spent many nights wandering the streets of downtown Manhattan with his camera, creating images that exude a sense of expectation and desire. This photograph is one of three that he made of men cruising in Stuyvesant Square Park, a few blocks from his loft on Second Avenue.
Inscription: Estate stamps and pencil inscriptions on verso.
Artist's estate; [Matthew Marks Gallery, New York]
Matthew Marks Gallery. "Peter Hujar: Night," January 15, 2005–March 5, 2005.
Museum Ludwig. "The Eighth Square: Gender, Life and Desire in the Visual Arts since 1960," June 17, 2006–October 1, 2006.
Akademie der Künste. "The Photographer's Contract," November 12, 2006–May 27, 2007.
Museum Morsbroich Leverkusen. "The Photographer's Contract," March 11, 2007–May 27, 2007.
The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Night Vision: Photography After Dark," April 26, 2011–September 5, 2011.