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From Brooks Adams’ article for Art In America:

Role-playing and gender-bending youths—artists and others—populate Morrisroe’s photographs: 20 somethings getting naked, donning high heels and wigs, trying on identities. This is the culturally specific world of Boston in the late ‘70s and early ‘80s, when high punk ruled and Morrisroe and his friends from the School of the Museum of Fine Arts (where he got a scholarship) were cutting up, living on the edge and documenting each other’s every move.

The combinations of hand additions—dots, dashes, stars and written titles—give the prints a notational aspect that is fully in keeping with the contemporaneous use of words and dates as imagery by Jean-Michael Basquiat, Tashjian and others…These inscriptions adumbrate a cult of feeling in Morrisroe’s milieu, even suggesting sincerity (some might say sentimentality).

PDF of the article
“Mark Morrisroe:Beautiful, Dangerous People

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