Peter Hujar: Love & Lust and Nan Goldin: Nine Self-Portraits

Peter Hujar: Love & Lust and Nan Goldin: Nine Self-Portraits

in the elevator at the bauer. venice, italy. by nan goldin

Nan Goldin

In the Elevator at the Bauer. Venice, Italy., 2013

self-portrait in green, sweden by nan goldin

Nan Goldin

Self-portrait in green, Sweden, 2013

t.c. by peter hujar

Peter Hujar

T.C., 1975

daniel schook sucking toe by peter hujar

Peter Hujar

Daniel Schook Sucking Toe, 1981

couples for new york scenes, michael fajans and sheila raj by peter hujar

Peter Hujar

Couples for New York Scenes, Michael Fajans and Sheila Raj, 1969

self-portrait on the train, boston - new haven by nan goldin

Nan Goldin

Self-portrait on the train, Boston - New Haven

Saturday, January 4, 2014Saturday, March 8, 2014

Fraenkel Gallery
San Francisco, CA USA

Fraenkel gallery is pleased to announce the exhibitions Peter Hujar: Love & Lust and Nan Goldin: Nine Self-Portraits, to be presented January 4 – March 8, 2014.

The work of Peter Hujar (1934–1987) is revered by artists, yet still something of a secret to the wider art public. His photographs dealing with sex and eros—pictures that are among his finest and most radical work—may be responsible in part for the sub rosa quality of his reputation. Fraenkel Gallery will present the first exhibition and publication to focus on Hujar’s photographs of love and lust.

For Hujar, love and lust were central preoccupations, the primary engines of his creativity. The nearly 30 black-and-white photographs in the exhibition, made between the years 1967 and 1986, include men depicted in the highest pitch of orgasm, as well as perceptive portraits of fellow artists such as Merce Cunningham and John Cage, David Wojnarowicz and Lynn Davis.

Twenty-seven years after his death, certain of the photographs will still make many viewers uneasy. Hujar’s view of the human body was uninhibited and uncompromising, but his most original work broke new ground in capturing eros and eroticism. [Note: the exhibition includes sexually explicit images.]

Peter Hujar: Love & Lust will be accompanied by an 82-page, illustrated catalogue ($45). Although individual works have been seen in survey exhibitions, they have never before been published as a whole. The catalogue also features an essay by Vince Aletti and an interview with Fran Lebowitz.

Among the many photographers Hujar influenced is Nan Goldin, who wrote in the 1994 catalogue, Peter Hujar: A Retrospective, “He was a magician, he hypnotized his subjects. He never forced exposure, he seduced people to want to reveal all to him.” She added, “He taught so much to me and everyone who knew him…we went through periods of trying to work in each other’s style. I think it changed both of us.”

Concurrently with the Peter Hujar exhibition, Fraenkel Gallery will present Nan Goldin: Nine Self-Portraits, featuring recent photographs never exhibited before, as well as diaristic and contemplative works spanning back to the 1990s. With her characteristic rich colors, deep shadows and lush textures, Goldin shares very personal images of desire, intimacy and introspection.