Aug 17, 2023 - Sale 2644

Sale 2644 - Lot 82

Price Realized: $ 10,625
?Final Price Realized includes Buyer’s Premium added to Hammer Price
Estimate: $ 3,000 - $ 4,000


Gay Liberation
Offset lithograph poster. 558x430 mm; 21 7/8x17 inches. Times Change Press, N.Y.C. 1970.

Featuring Peter Hujar's "Come Out!" photo (an ebullient and optimistic image which is considered "the most iconic photograph of Gay Liberation; no image better captures the spirit of the first year after the Stonewall Rebellion" (The Gay & Lesbian Review Worldwide, March-April 2009, p. 28). The image was first used on a poster to 'recruit people for the first Gay Pride march in June 1970 on the first anniversary of the Stonewall Riots' (ibid.) Hujar's image was then used by the Gay Liberation Front, with Su Negrin combining the photograph with a mandala bearing the words "Let Go," (designed by Suzanne Bevier). The resulting poster in "red-orange and purple on soft gold" was offered for sale through the pages of Come Out! for one dollar (volume 1, issue 7 Dec-Jan 1970, p. 2).