Peter Hujar - Photographs New York Tuesday, April 4, 2023 | Phillips

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  • “Architecture was one of three new types of portrait subject preoccupying him. He chose unprepossessing towers in Midtown and portrayed them, for the most part, in isolation, from a vantage point on the sidewalk or a low rooftop. He thus filled the frame with sky and crown: these are celebrity headshots. To apply the terms of his book’s title, buildings are both dead and alive: inanimate yet humanity-charged and historic presences, New Yorkers at grand scale.”
    —Joel Smith, Peter Hujar: Speed of Life

    • Provenance

      Maureen Paley, London

    • Literature

      Fraenkel Gallery, Peter Hujar: Night, pl. 39
      Grey Art Gallery & Study Center, Peter Hujar, p. 84


City Hall at Night

Gelatin silver print.
14 5/8 x 14 5/8 in. (37.1 x 37.1 cm)
Signed in ink, 'Printed by the Artist,' estate and archive copyright credit stamps, additionally titled and dated by Stephen Koch, Executor, in pencil on the verso.

Full Cataloguing

$10,000 - 15,000 

Sold for $10,160

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Sarah Krueger
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New York Auction 4 April 2023