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Peter Hujar

Master Class

Peter Hujar Edwin Denby, 1975. vintage gelatin silver print image, 14 3/4 x 14 3/4 inches paper, 19 7/8 x 15 7/8 inches .

Peter Hujar Edwin Denby, 1975. vintage gelatin silver print image, 14 3/4 x 14 3/4 inches paper, 19 7/8 x 15 7/8 inches .

Peter Hujar T.C., 1975. vintage gelatin silver print image, 14 5/8 x 14 3/4 inches; paper, 19 1/4 x 16 inches © The Peter Hujar Archive, courtesy Pace/MacGill Gallery.

Peter Hujar T.C., 1975. vintage gelatin silver print image, 14 5/8 x 14 3/4 inches; paper, 19 1/4 x 16 inches © The Peter Hujar Archive, courtesy Pace/MacGill Gallery.

About Peter Hujar

Peter Hujar (1934–1987) was born in New Jersey and moved to Manhattan as a teenager. He studied at the High School of Art and Design and shortly thereafter worked as a photographer’s assistant. Throughout the 1960s, Hujar served as an apprentice for a number of commercial photographers and did a large amount of fashion work for Harper’s Bazaar. He was a leading figure in the group of artists, musicians, writers, and performers at the forefront of downtown New York’s cultural scene in the 1970s and early ‘80s, and died of AIDS at the age of 53, leaving behind a complex and profound body of work. His photographs have been the subject of solo exhibitions throughout the United States and Europe, and are held in the permanent collections of institutions worldwide, including the Art Institute of Chicago; The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; The Morgan Library and Museum, New York; the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; The Museum of Modern Art, New York; the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; and Tate Modern, London.

Selected publications include the first and only monograph made during Hujar’s lifetime, Portraits in Life and Death (Da Capo Press, 1976), and the posthumous works: Peter Hujar (Grey Art Gallery and Study Center, New York University, 1990), Peter Hujar: A Retrospective (Scalo Publishers, 1994), Animals and Nudes (Twin Palms Publishers, 2002), Animals (BukAmerica, 2006), and Peter Hujar: Speed of Life (Aperture 2017).

Press Release

  • Master Class

    For the public opening of 540 West 25th Street on Saturday, September 14, 2019, Pace/MacGill will present Peter Hujar: Master Class. Featuring a selection of Hujar’s black-and-white portraits acquired by Richard Avedon in the 1970s, the exhibition examines the photographer’s idiomatic approach to portraiture that treated each photograph as a stand-alone object, capable of evoking complex emotions and expressions. The influence of Avedon’s acclaimed Master Class, a weekly seminar taught by Avedon and art director Marvin Israel at Avedon’s New York City studio and in which Hujar was enrolled in 1967, will also be examined through scholarly research. The Master Class included visiting speakers such as Diane Arbus and Lucas Samaras, and opened doors for a number of young photographers.

    Avedon and Hujar remained friends following the workshop’s close and, over time, Avedon acquired the eight superb prints on view, each of which deftly captures Hujar’s avant-garde circle with penetrating sensitivity and psychological depth. The exhibition will also include Hujar’s four-part work made during the Master Class, Nude Self-Portrait Series #1, #2, #3, #4, 1967.

    Peter Hujar (1934–1987) was born in New Jersey and moved to Manhattan as a teenager. He studied at the High School of Art and Design and shortly thereafter worked as a photographer’s assistant. Throughout the 1960s, Hujar served as an apprentice for a number of commercial photographers and did a large amount of fashion work for Harper’s Bazaar. He was a leading figure in the group of artists, musicians, writers, and performers at the forefront of downtown New York’s cultural scene in the 1970s and early ‘80s, and died of AIDS at the age of 53, leaving behind a complex and profound body of work. His photographs have been the subject of solo exhibitions throughout the United States and Europe, and are held in the permanent collections of institutions worldwide, including the Art Institute of Chicago; The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; The Morgan Library and Museum, New York; the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; The Museum of Modern Art, New York; the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; Tate Modern, London; and The Whitney Museum of American Art, New York.

    Selected publications include the first and only monograph made during Hujar’s lifetime, Portraits in Life and Death (Da Capo Press, 1976), and the posthumous works: Peter Hujar (Grey Art Gallery and Study Center, New York University, 1990), Peter Hujar: A Retrospective (Scalo Publishers, 1994), Animals and Nudes (Twin Palms Publishers, 2002), Animals (BukAmerica, 2006), and Peter Hujar: Speed of Life (Aperture 2017).

News

We are thrilled to announce our inaugural season of programming for our new flagship gallery in New York City, located at 540 West 25th Street. After almost six decades of history in Manhattan, we will cement its commitment to Chelsea with a new global headquarters in the heart of the neighborhood. Open to the public on September 14, 2019, we will present a series of exhibitions throughout the new building that highlight artists from across its program, including Alexander Calder, Loie Hollowe