The son of a drug-addicted mother, Mark Morrisroe was a teenage hustler, a precocious punk queer, and an ambitious photographer. Morrisroe worked in the late 1970s and early 1980s with the photographers Nan Goldin, Philip-Lorca diCorcia, Doug and Mike Starn, and others as part of the prominent “Boston School,” and his work was cutting-edge in its subject matter and presentation. Purposefully grainy, this languid portrait blends his distinctive eroticism with echoes of Jacques-Louis David’s Death of Marat. Sexuality and mortality were persistent themes in Morrisroe’s work, which gained pronounced personal poignancy after his 1986 AIDS diagnosis.


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Artist
Mark Morrisroe, American, 1959–1989
Title
Untitled (Mario)
Date
1986
Medium
Chromogenic print
Dimensions
Image: 18 7/16 × 12 5/16 in. (46.8 × 31.3 cm) Sheet: 19 15/16 × 15 9/16 in. (50.6 × 39.6 cm)
Credit Line

Gift of Carl Niendorff

Current Location
Not on view
Accession Number
2019.18
Classification
Photographs
Provenance

[ClampArt, New York]; purchased by Carl Niendorff, Dallas, 2018.