Maureen Paley is a long established art gallery and was amongst the first to present contemporary art in London’s East End. The gallery has been a pioneer of the current art scene, promoting a diverse range of established and emerging international artists.
The gallery programme began in 1984 in a Victorian terraced house in London’s East End. It moved to larger expanded premises nearby in 1999 until present day. In July 2017 Maureen Paley opened a space in Hove called Morena di Luna, followed by STUDIO M in October 2020 located in Rochelle School, Shoreditch. From its inception the gallery’s aim has remained consistent: to promote great and innovative artists in all media.
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Peter Hujar15 May - 13 June 2021Maureen Paley is pleased to present the fourth solo exhibition of works by Peter Hujar at the gallery. The exhibition presents a series of images that capture performers backstage in New York theatres and nightclubs during the 1970s and early 1980s. By presenting this exhibition at a time when many performance spaces have been shuttered worldwide, the gallery aims to provide a glimpse into the heyday of New York's bohemia and the much-celebrated underground drag culture that flourished during Peter Hujar's lifetime. Hujar was immersed in the evolving East Village scene after renting a loft above the Eden Theatre in the early 1970s that eventually became the portrait studio where he photographed many of his peers. After inviting The Cockettes into his studio in 1971, who were in town playing at the Anderson Theatre, Hujar began to capture the drag and avant-garde performance at Baykal's Palm Casino Revue and the...