PETER HUJAR (1934–1987)
Young Circus Performer in Hat, 1973
gelatin silver print, mounted on board
signed in ink (margin)
image: 1458 x 1412 in. (37.1 x 36.8 cm.)
sheet: 1934 x 1534 in. (50.1 x 40 cm.)
This work was printed by Peter Hujar.
Acquired directly from the artist by the present owner.
New York, Grey Art Gallery & Study Center, New York University; Vancouver, Fine Arts Gallery, University of British Columbia, Peter Hujar, January 17, 1990–September 15, 1990.
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This stunning vintage print was included in the first posthumous exhibition of Hujar’s work in 1990 by New York University’s Grey Art Gallery & Study Center. In a publication accompanying the exhibition, writer, and then executor of Hujar’s estate, Stephen Koch said the following about Hujar’s fame at the time of his death: ‘In a way, he was famous. But it was a very odd fame. I am tempted to call it a kind of secret fame. His reputation was simultaneously widespread and covered; at once powerful and almost invisible.

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