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.

Screen print 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