Arthur Russell, Unaltered Photograph of Lê Đức Thọ and Henry Kissinger
Unaltered Photograph of Lê Duc Tho and Henry Kissinger

c. 1980s

Signed and titled, l.l.

Screenprint on paper

12.25 x 11.75 inches

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Arthur Russell moved into a San Francisco Buddhist commune at the tender age of eighteen, where he met poet laureate Allen Ginsberg, beginning a lifelong collaborative working relationship with the Beat icon. In 1973 Russell relocated to the Lower East Side in NYC, and he became the musical director of the Hell’s Kitchen avant-garde performance space, The Kitchen. Russell’s prolific recording output, which included a multitude of genres and styles, remained relatively unknown during his lifetime due to his artistic ambivalence and uncompleted revisions. Nevertheless, Russell found some success in downtown’s avant-garde music scene during the frenetic disco era. Along with his solo work, Russell collaborated on Dinosaur L with downtown musical impresarios Julius Eastman, Peter Zummo, and Nicky Siano. Russell died of AIDS at the age of forty in 1992.


Work by Arthur Russell