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Hunter Reynolds (b.1959)
LOT ID: 82151
Mary's Lamp, ie. circa 2009

Mixed Media, Stitched Photographs
52 х 30 in. (132.08 x 76.2 cm.)
Signed, titled, and dated verso
Lot description
This unique tapestry-like work by the performance art legend Hunter Reynolds comprises 65 photographs, intricately stitched together. The result is a kaleidoscope of fragmented, surrealistic views of a lamp which recall organic forms.

Year 1997-2009. Artwork measures 52 x 30 inches (132.1 x 76.2 cm).

Hunter Reynolds is a New York-based contemporary artist and prominent AIDS activist whose art, ranging from photography and installation art to performance, explores themes related to gender, sexuality, mortality, and pain. In his best-known performance pieces, Reynolds assumes a drag persona named Patina du Prey or, as part of his “Mummification” series, has himself completely encased in colored tape and placed in public spaces in New York City. Reynolds’s “Blood Spot” series comprises collaged newspaper articles about HIV and AIDS which have been splattered with blood-like spatters, and his “Lipstick Drawings”—channeled through the Patina du Prey identity—involve lipstick kisses on paper, juxtaposed with phrases such as, “If you love me, kill me,” “I love big black dicks,” and “I have no home.” Reynolds has exhibited and performed at the New Museum, New York, NY and the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY, as well as at Andrea Rosen Gallery; Paula Cooper Gallery; Jack Tilton Gallery; White Columns; and PPOW Gallery, among others. He lives and works in Brooklyn, New York.
Mary's Lamp by Hunter Reynolds
  • Mary's Lamp by Hunter Reynolds
  • Mary's Lamp by Hunter Reynolds
  • Mary's Lamp by Hunter Reynolds
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