• Essex, LA Contemporary Exhibitions, Los Angeles, 1992, 2015
  • Installation view, David Castillo Gallery, 2015
  • M. Lamar, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Francisco, 1993, 2015
  • Red Pegasus, New York, Circa Late 1980s, 2015
  • Installation view, David Castillo Gallery, 2015
  • Nightlife, New York, Circa Early 1990s, 2015
  • Whitney Independent Study Program, New York, 1992, 2015
  • Gail and Peggy, Ft. Greene, Brooklyn, New York, Circa Late 1980s, 2015
  • Installation view, David Castillo Gallery, 2015
  • Lyle, London, 1992, 2015
  • To Do List, Seattle, 1992, 2015
  • Installation view, David Castillo Gallery, 2015
  • Lyle and Tommy, Venice, 1992, 2015
  • Nan, Berlin, 1992, 2015
  • Thomas, London, 1992, 2015
  • Installation view, David Castillo Gallery, 2015
  • Renee, Lyle, and Thomas, Upper Baja, Mexico, Circa Mid 1990s, 2015
  • Gay’s Head, Martha’s Vineyard, Circa Late 1980s, 2015
  • Truce Between Crips and Bloods, Los Angeles, 1992, 2015
  • Lyle, Circa Early 1990s, 2015

 

This series of chromogenic prints selected from the artist’s personal archive of 35mm Ektachrome color reversal slides represents a unique document of ephemeral moments and emblematic figures shot in the 1980s and 1990s against a backdrop of seismic shifts in the art world, the emergence of multiculturalism, the second wave of AIDS activism, and incipient globalization.

With unassuming candor, this selection of works portray a close circle of the artist’s friends, acquaintances and lovers, including many notable luminaries then on the cusp of ascendency, such as the photographers Nan Goldin and Catherine Opie, artists Glenn Ligon and Renée Cox, MoMA curator Klaus Biesenbach, writers bell hooks and Essex Hemphill, and filmmaker Isaac Julian.