Peter Hujar. Speed of Life.Main events 2017, Exhibitions and activities
01/28/2017 - 04/30/2017
Although the Fundación Mapfre opened its Barcelona exhibition venue (in the modernista building Casa Garriga i Nogués) in autumn 2015, it has already welcomed a stunning selection of artworks to this city centre site in its various shows to date: paintings by the likes of Renoir, Van Gogh and Matisse, and photos from Bruce Davidson and Hiroshi Sugimoto.
Now it hosts the world premiere of a retrospective of US photographer Peter Hujar. For 30 years, he captured numerous images of New York City's creative community, of which he was a key figure; his black-and-white shots include friends like Susan Sontag and William Burroughs. Through his explorations of what such portraits could achieve, Hujar sought to reveal the truth of the person in front of the camera, and some of his most famous photos feature drag queen Candy Darling on her death bed. While he published just one book and died young, his singular images, of which some 160 are on show here, continue to captivate.
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