Peter Hujar (1934–1987)
Peter Hujar (1934–1987)

Ethyl Eichelberger in a Fashion Pose, 1981

Peter Hujar (1934–1987)
Ethyl Eichelberger in a Fashion Pose, 1981
gelatin silver print
signed by Stephen Koch, Executor, in pencil, stamped Estate copyright credits with numbers '923-8-10' and 'EPH 450-4' in pencil, titled and dated in pencil (verso)
image: 14 3/4 x 14 3/4 in. (37.5 x 37.5 cm.)
sheet: 19 7/8 x 16 in. (50.5 x 40.7 cm.)
This work was printed by Peter Hujar.
Courtesy of the Peter Hujar Archive, Pace/MacGill Gallery, New York and Fraenkel Gallery, San Francisco.
Exhibition catalogue, Peter Hujar, A Retrospective, Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam, 1994, p. 66.
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Lot Essay

Ethyl Eichelberger (1945–1990), born to Amish parents as James Roy Eichelberger, was a flamboyant American actor, writer and drag performer in the 1970s–1980s. At one time Eichelberger was a member of Charles Ludlam's 'Ridiculous Theatrical Company' where he both acted and designed wigs. As the creator of more than thirty plays throughout his career, several of which he was the sole performer in, Eichelberger inventively portrayed an impressive range of characters including Casanova, Medusa and Abraham and Mary Todd Lincoln.

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