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LEGENDARY EXHIBITION: The Eye of Sam Wagstaff:' J. Paul Getty Museum:1997

Carleton Watkins, one of the great photographic talents rediscovered by Sam Wagstaff's revolutionary eyeCarleton Watkins, one of the great photographic talents rediscovered by Sam Wagstaff's revolutionary eye

"(Susan) Sontag observed: "photography is a promiscuous form of seeing." Indiscriminately visual, casual in what it picks up, it is always on the make for what it doesn't have.

CURRENT READING: ON PHOTOGRAPHY: SUSAN SONTAG

On Photography has to be on the shelf of anyone who loves imagesOn Photography has to be on the shelf of anyone who loves images

"New forms in art are created by the canonization of peripheral forms. "

CURRENT VIEWING: PETER HUJAR: MATTHEW MARKS GALLERY

Susan Sontag; PH: Peter HujarSusan Sontag; PH: Peter Hujar

Thanks to that infamous Anthony and The Johnsons album cover, an entire generation knows that particular image of Candy Darling on her deathbed snapped by Peter Hujar. But equally compelling for me is his iconic image of Susan Sontag, a shot that has become a signature representation of the peerless American intellectual. At Matthew Marks there is a show of 31 of Hujar's "East Village" photographs, shot between 1969 and 1985 and it shows that the range of that work allows you to process a wider spectrum of his work as landmark. That was what struck me about the pictures...the absolute individualism thereof. There is a united identity and artististic strategy but the life of each and every subject before the camera burns off the film with otherworldly prescience. Windows of the soul indeed. If there is only one show you see this month, this is absolutely the one.

Peter Hujar@Matthew Marks
523 West 24th Street
March 15–April 26

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