Mark Morrisroe


Mark Morrisroe (January 10, 1959 – July 24, 1989) was an American performance artist and photographer. He is known for his performances and photographs, which were germane in the development of the punk scene in Boston in the 1970s and the art world boom of the mid- to late 1980s in New York City. By the time of his death he had created some 2,000 pieces of work.

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Used Polaroid processes and a color printing method of his own invention that involved sandwiching negatives. Morrisroe's photographs depict those in his immediate social circle, and much of his work is self-portraiture. He died from complications arising from AIDS in 1989.

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Mark Morrisroe

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