02 works, PORTRAIT OF A LADY, Candy Darling, with Footnotes. #141

Peter Hujar (American, 1934–1987)
Candy Darling on Her Deathbed, c. 1973

Gelatin silver print
37.15 x 35.56 cm. (14.6 x 14 in.)
Private collection

Candy Darling — 1944–1974 was born into an alcoholic household in Queens, N.Y. where she lived with her mother after her parents’ divorce. Darling, who was assigned male at birth, spent hours watching and studying old movies on TV. It was by impersonating her favorite actresses that she discovered herself. With milky white skin and large brown eyes she was indeed a beauty. 

She began getting hormone injections and frequenting Manhattan gay bars. By 1967, she had assumed the name Candy Darling and was starring alongside Jackie Curtis and a young Robert DeNiro in Curtis’ play ‘Glamour, Glory, and Gold’. One night Andy Warhol came to see the production and promptly cast her and Curtis in his film ‘Flesh’ (1968)…

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Author: zaidangallery

I search Art History for Beautiful works that may, or may not, have a secondary or unexpected story to tell. I then write short summaries that grow from my research. Art work is so much more when its secrets are exposed

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