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Peter Hujar: «Susan Sontag»

30 Mar

Peter Hujar photographes Susan Sontag
click to enlarge intellectualised

Peter Hujar’s archive site writes about him: «Born 1934, died of AIDS in 1987, leaving behind a complex and profound body of photographs. Hujar was a leading figure in the group of artists, musicians, writers, and performers at the forefront of the cultural scene in downtown New York in the 1970s and early 80s, and he was enormously admired for his completely uncompromising attitude towards work and life. He was a consummate technician, and his portraits of people, animals, and landscapes, with their exquisite black-and-white tonalities, were extremely influential. Highly emotional yet stripped of excess, Hujar’s photographs are always beautiful, although rarely in a conventional way. His extraordinary first book, Portraits in Life and Death, with an introduction by Susan Sontag, was published in 1976, but his “difficult” personality and refusal to pander to the marketplace insured that it was his last publication during his lifetime.»

The Peter Hujar Archive is represented by Pace/MacGill Gallery, New York.

Sensitive topic. Therefore comments off.

Is Photography Art?

21 Jul

Andy Warhol’s magazine INTERVIEW featuring photography as art in 1974.

Left: ad for Duchamp; right: a photograph by Robert Mapplethorpe showing a ready-made composition which could have been created by Marcel Duchamp.

As a baby I once sat on Ileana Sonnabend‘s shoulder, my parents who were responsible for this meeting told me so in later life. (Isn’t it interesting? There is no Wikipedia article about Ileana Sonnabend in English…)

Making my way through the Internet, sort of daily business as usual, once more I put my digital feet on foreign blog ground which, in this case, is entitled to be named Search+Destroy Blog – a great place to be. I spent some time in it and found this and that. But Search+Destroy in combination with art, well folks, a special kind of associations are arising you do not really want to be introduced to them. Ok, ok, ok I give you one special quote, taken from the movie Mr Bean, I just gave to you recently while reflecting about Art|41|Basel – just ensuring you feel home:

Burt Reynolds plays General Newton who just paid the lovely sum of some $50m for America’s most important painting named “Whistler’s Mother“. General Newton addresses on the Grand Art Opening to the public: “I am not a particular art lover. I don’t know the difference between a Picasso and a car crash. But I love my country. And I can’t stand that some Frenchies own America’s most important painting. (He reaches out for the magnetic chip card in order to reveal the painting. He pushes the card into the slot.) Welcome home, ma!

Visiting Search+Destroy you don’t have to be afraid that someone treats you like a Picasso in that already indicated, more military, way. And you’ll see more spreads. And more other blog entries. And, and, and…the layout makes you feel perfumed quite sophisticatedly.

However, I find it a bit sad that there is no information if this Interview’s issue contains an essay by Susan Sontag. I bet it does.

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