Monday, November 8, 2010

Peter Hujar

Fayette, 1973

With Andy Warhol and Diana Vreeland leading the creative consciousness and seeing no divide, fashion and art mixed freely during the 70's in New York. Peter Hujar's work for both fashion and art, transformed provocative subjects into elegant and timeless images. The question is of the power of black and white to immortalize. The same classicism is seen in Herb Ritts or Mapplethorpe, in which taboo or powerful content is transformed into exhibition worthy art. What is unacceptable in its life like, full color record, is somehow suddenly collectible in a more poetic, more nostalgic, documentary visual form.

Susan Sontag, 1975

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