This weekend sees the work of photographer Peter Hujar on show at London’s Maureen Paley gallery. To celebrate Sang Bleu have selected a series of emotive portraits by the documentarian, from images of a young John Waters and larger than life drag queen Divine to delicate snapshots of Hujar’s late lover David Wojnarowicz, alongside a series of erotic male nudes captured by the artist in the late 70s.
“His pictures are exotic but not in a shallow, sensational way,” says contemporary Nan Goldin who, like Hujar, was known for a tender documentation of the intimate moments of those around her. “Looking at his photographs of nude men, even of a naked baby boy, is the closest I ever came to experience what it is to inhabit male flesh.” The selection includes nude self portraits and intimate and rousing shots of dancer Bruce de Saint Croix masturbating, brought together earlier this year in Artbook’s release Peter Hujar: Love & Lust by New York Times art critic Vince Aletti, a close companion of the artist before his death who opened the exhibition yesterday with a talk on his mark. “He was a wonderful and difficult friend,” he says. “Generous and demanding; charming and terribly insecure; the life of the party and the first person to leave it.”
Peter Hujar is on show at Maureen Paley gallery through August 24.