New York

Stuart Sherman

80WSE Gallery

The influence of Stuart Sherman, although he was largely forgotten after his death from AIDS in 2001, runs deep and wide. The first comprehensive exhibition of his work, curated by John Hagan, Yolanda Hawkins, and John Matturri at New York University’s 80WSE Gallery, was at once an archive and a memorial, but most of all a celebration of an important artist who, thanks to those who knew him personally and others attracted to his practice, never drifted into total obscurity.

Sherman’s best-known pieces are his outstanding short performances, which he initially showed to small audiences in his apartment, starting in 1975 with Stuart Sherman Makes a Spectacle of Himself. He went on to stage these spectacles (as he called them) on street corners and in theater lobbies and parks, and documented them in videos and photographs with the help of friends, among them filmmaker Babette Mangolte. (At

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