Peter Hujar, Black-Eyed Susan (Backstage at Camille), 1974© 1987 The Peter Hujar Archive LLC, courtesy The Peter Hujar Archive and Maureen Paley, LondonBelle Hutton shares a collection of must-see exhibitions, from Peter Hujar and Niki de Saint Phalle to Lubaina Himid and Martin Margiela
January 12, 2021
A brand new yr usually means a bunch of thrilling new art exhibitions to stay up for, and 2021 seems (thus far) to be filled with unmissable reveals. Of course, 2020 was no regular yr, and nor will 2021 be: amid lockdowns and social distancing, a lot of final yr’s blockbuster exhibitions had been cancelled or postponed, and the identical would possibly occur for the reveals scheduled to open within the months forward. Here, nevertheless, is a variety of what is going to hopefully be this yr’s must-see exhibitions (some with dates nonetheless to be confirmed), from Peter Hujar and Niki de Saint Phalle to Lubaina Himid and Martin Margiela.
A forthcoming exhibition at Maureen Paley Gallery, London – initially because of open in February, now possible postponed – showcases a collection of images by Peter Hujar, taken in downtown New York within the Nineteen Seventies and 80s. Studio portraits of Hujar’s contemporaries like John Waters, Divine and David Wojnarowicz sit alongside images taken backstage at golf equipment and theatres, the place the photographer documented drag artists, performers, dancers and actors. Among the vigorous backstage-set images – offered by the gallery as an ode to the efficiency venues now shuttered around the globe – and studio scenes are additionally quite a few contemplative self-portraits. The compelling collection of images gives a glimpse right into a storied time in underground New York’s historical past through a lesser-seen nook of Hujar’s celebrated archive.
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