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The Stuff Life is Made Of

Five group shows in New York recently celebrated the work–and in many cases, the memory–of artists caught in the HIV/AIDS epidemic.

"A Living Testament of the Blood Fairies: Part II"

…Printed Matter opened a show of books, documents and ephemera titled "A Living Testament of the Blood Fairies: Part II," with Hendricks and Rodney Sur curating …:

…Suspended over the vitrines was a sculpture by Eric Rhein. An openwork plaque woven of metal wire and filament and ornamented with found bits of jewelry and chandelier crystal, it spells out a single word: "courage."

This … exhibition gave some sense of the complexity and variety of art produced under the shadow of AIDS.

Holland Cotter
Art in America
April 1997

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