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Mark Morrisroe, Ramsey, Lake Oswego, 1988, color photograph from black-and-white and color negatives, 20 x 16".

Mark Morrisroe

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Mark Morrisroe, Ramsey, Lake Oswego, 1988, color photograph from black-and-white and color negatives, 20 x 16".

His life cut short by aids, Mark Morrisroe worked tirelessly to the end. Yet his art was in no way stunted. From his early photos of the 1980s Boston punk rock scene to his last images of his own bedridden body, his work consistently evinces a yearning for insider’s fame and success (fueled by his idol worship of Andy Warhol, Jack Smith, and John Waters), as well as a queer and outsider sensibility––see Morrisroe’s risqué self-portraits or the campy drag performances and Super 8 films he made with friend and collaborator Tabboo! (aka Stephen Tashjian). Morrisroe was the most experimental, moreover the best artist of the Boston School, a loosely knit group of artists from the 1980s known for making diaristic works, and he remains a key self-mythologizer in contemporary art. Still, he’s been mostly unrecognized, though several esteemed curators have championed his oeuvre: Lia

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