Mark Morrisroe, Big Paul Henderson
Big Paul Henderson Strikes an Artistic Pose
Mark Morrisroe, Kacie Stetson
Kacie Stetson
Mark Morrisroe, Untitled (Portrait of a Man)
Untitled (Portrait of a Man)
Mark Morrisroe, Val (Bruce is King/Female Nude)
Val (Bruce is King/Female Nude)
Mark Morrisroe, Untitled (Woman and Spirograph)
Untitled (Woman and Spirograph)
Mark Morrisroe, Janet (Woman with Shaving Cream)
Janet (Polaroid #504 – Woman with Shaving Cream on Head)
Mark Morissroe, Pat Hearn #2
Pat Hearn #2 (Polaroid #597)
Mark Morrisroe, Rose
Mark Morrisroe, Pia Howard (Polaroid 510)
Pia Howard (Polaroid #510 – Woman in Robe)
Mark Morrisroe, Self Portrait in Drag
Self Portrait in Drag (Polaroid #86)
Mark Morrisroe, (Reclining Self-Portrait )
Untitled (Reclining Self Portrait)
Mark Morrisroe, Self Portrait at home with Diane Arbus
Self Portrait at Home with Diane Arbus
Mark Morrisroe, Paul Fitzgerald (Back)
Paul Fitzgerald (Back)
Mark Morrisroe, Still Life with Marble Figure
Still Life with Marble Figure (In the Home of Stephan Tashjan, NYC)
Mark Morrisroe, Corrine VanderBrock
Corrine vanDerbrock
Mark Morrisroe, The Midas Touch
The Midas Touch
Mark Morrisroe, Jonathan (Jack Pierson)
Jonathan (Jack Pierson)
Mark Morrisroe, Two Men in Silhouette
Untitled (Two Men in Silhouette)
Mark Morrisroe, Untitled (Steven V)
Untitled (Steven V)
Mark Morrisroe, Exhibition 1
Exhibition Image
Mark Morrisroe, Exhibition 2
Exhibition Image Two
Mark Morrisroe, Exhibition 3
Exhibition Image Three
Mark Morrisroe, Exhibition 4
Exhibition Image Four
Mark Morrisroe, Exhibition 5
Exhibition Image Five
Mark Morrisroe, Exhibition 6
Exhibition Image Six
Mark Morrisroe, Exhibition 7
Exhibition Image Seven
Mark Morrisroe, Exhibition 8
Exhibition Image Eight
Mark Morrisroe, Exhibition 9
Exhibition Image Nine
Mark Morrisroe, Exhibition 10
Exhibition Image Ten

September 6 – October 6, 2007

ClampArt is pleased to present “Mark Morrisroe (1959-1989),” an exhibition of photographs, films, and ephemera —the first solo show of the artist’s work since the last landmark exhibit at Pat Hearn Gallery in 1999.

Mark Morrisroe’s life and work were inseparable. The unofficial leader of what has now been coined The Boston School (including Nan Goldin, David Armstrong, Philip-Lorca diCorcia, Tabboo!, and Gail Thacker—a group of artists who attended either the School of the Museum of Fine Arts or Massachusetts College of Art between 1971 and 1984), Morrisroe’s work typifies in many ways what is now understood as autobiographical photography. Nonetheless, Morrisroe is unjustly perhaps one of the least-known members of this circle due to his tragic death from AIDS-related complications at the age of thirty in 1989.

Now revered with an almost cult-like fervor among a select group of artists, including many of those who knew him during his lifetime, Morrisroe created some of the most important and influential photographic images in the late 1970s and 1980s. Indeed, Morrisroe’s diaristic artwork was fueled by his notoriously radical persona—a teenage prostitute raised by a drug-addled mother who turned her own tricks while her son slept in the next room. Morrisroe walked with a cane and a pronounced limp (and resultantly fell quite frequently) due to a legendary bullet lodged deep within his chest—a wound inflicted in high school when shot by a disgruntled john.

In both Polaroids and signature color photographs, Morrisroe created a rough, gritty style unto his own. Often scrawling unusual and elaborate texts along the borders of his prints, the artist also would re-touch fingerprints, scratches, and dust found throughout his images with paints of contrasting tones, thus highlighting the technical imperfections of his work. Critic Klaus Ottmann has written, “Morrisroe’s Polaroids, color prints, and Super 8 films embrace the ‘trash’ aesthetic celebrated in films by Andy Warhol, Jack Smith, and John Waters, and ubiquitous in Goldin’s early pictures and her slide show, The Ballad of Sexual Dependency. . .”

Artworks by other members of The Boston School—namely Morrisroe’s close friends and associates—will be featured in ClampArt’s Project Room.

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