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PHOTOS: Some Shockingly Amazing Artwork about AIDS in America

PHOTOS: Some Shockingly Amazing Artwork about AIDS in America


Uncomfortable, wistfully beautiful, and vitally important, the exhibit 'Art AIDS America' deals with the subjects we shy away from: sex, politics, and religion.

Uncomfortable, wistfully beautiful, and vitally important, the exhibit "Art AIDS America" deals with the subjects we shy away from: sex, politics, and religion. "This exhibition underscores how powerfully a plague that is still with us has changed us,” says Jonathan D. Katz, cocurator of the exhibit, opening October 3 at the Tacoma Art Museum.


Art-aids-america-002ACT UP NY/Gran Fury, Active New York City, 1987–1995
Let the Record Show…, 1987/re-created 2015
Mixed media, window installation
Dimensions variable
Courtesy of Gran Fury and the New Museum, New York, William Olander Memorial Fund

Art-aids-america-003John Arsenault, Born Haverhill, Mass., 1971
Adrian Gilliland, Born Douglas, Ariz., 1980
Eden #31, 2012
Chromogenic color print
32 x 52 1/2 inches
Courtesy of the artists 
Art-aids-america-004Catherine Opie, Born Sandusky, Ohio, 1961
Ron Athey/The Sick Man (from Deliverance), 2000
110 x 41 inches
Private collection

Art-aids-america-005Thomas Haukaas, Born San Juan, Puerto Rico, 1950
Tribal affiliation: Sicangu Lakota
More Time Expected, 2002
Hand-made ink and pencil on antique ledger paper
16 1/2 x 27 1/2 inches
Tacoma Art Museum, Gift of Greg Kucera and Larry Yocom
in honor of Rock Hushka, 2008.10

Art-aids-america-006Tino Rodriguez, Born Ciudad Obregón, Sonora, Mexico, 1965
Eternal Lovers, 2010
Oil on wood
18 x 24 inches
Private collection
Art-aids-america-007Shimon Attie, Born Los Angeles, 1957
Untitled Memory (Projection of Axel H.), 1998
Ektacolor photograph
Edition 1 of 3
32 x 38 3/4 inches
Courtesy of the artist and Jack Shainman Gallery, New York

Art-aids-america-008Andres Serrano, Born New York City, 1950
Blood and Semen III, 1990
Chromogenic color print
Edition 1 of 4
40 x 60 inches
Courtesy of the artist

Art-aids-america-009David Wojnarowicz, Born Red Bank, N.J., 1954
Died New York City, 1992
Untitled (Buffalo), 1988–89
Vintage gelatin silver print, signed on verso
27 1/2 x 35 1/2 inches
Private collection
Art-aids-america-010Albert J. Winn, Born Chester, Pa., 1947
Died Los Angeles, 2014
Akedah, 1995
Gelatin silver print
17 ½ x 21 ¾ inches
Courtesy of Scott R. Portnoff

Art-aids-america-011Niki de Saint Phalle, Born Neuilly-sur-Seine, France, 1930
Died California, 2002
AIDS, you can’t catch it holding hands, 1987
Book, 52 pages
10 x 8 inches
The Lapis Press, San Francisco

Art-aids-america-012Julie Tolentino, Born San Francisco, 1964
THE SKY REMAINS THE SAME: Tolentino Archives Ron Athey’s
Self-Obliteration #1, 2008
Chromogenic color print
Edition 1 of 5
17 x 11 inches
Documentation courtesy of Leon Mostovoy
Courtesy of the artist and Commonwealth & Council, Los Angeles
Art-aids-america-014Kia Labeija, Born New York City, 1990
24, 2014
Inkjet prints
13 x 19 inches, each
Courtesy of the artist

Art-aids-america-016Keith Haring, Born Reading, Pa., 1958
Died New York City, 1990
From the series Apocalypse, 1988
Edition of 90
38 x 38 inches
Courtesy of the Keith Haring Foundation

Art-aids-america-017Deborah Kass, Born San Antonio, Texas, 1952
Still Here, 2007
Oil and acrylic on canvas
45 x 63 inches
Private collection
Art-aids-america-018Alon Reininger, Born Tel Aviv, Israel, 1947
Ken Meeks, PWA, 1985
Archival pigment print
20 x 24 inches
Courtesy of Contact Press Images, New York

Art-aids-america-019Joey Terrill, Born Los Angeles, 1955
Still-Life With Forget-Me-Nots and One Week’s Dose of Truvada, 2012
Mixed media on canvas
36 x 48 inches
Leslie-Lohman Museum of Gay and Lesbian Art,
Foundation purchase

Art-aids-america-020Kalup Linzy, Born Stuckey, Fla., 1977
Lollypop, 2006
Single-channel video
3 minutes, 24 seconds
Collection of Driek and Michael Zirinsky
Art-aids-america-021Robert Sherer, Born Jasper, Ala., 1957
Sweet Williams, 2013
HIV- and HIV+ blood on paper
24 x 18 inches (framed)
Courtesy of the artist

Art-aids-america-022Fierce Pussy, Formed New York City, 1991 

For the Record, 2013
Two offset prints on newsprint
Two panels, installed: 22 5/8 x 70 inches
Courtesy of the artists

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