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The Tony Greene moment: Art life after death
The Tony Greene moment: Art life after death

When painter Tony Greene died of an AIDS-related illness in 1990, it was far from certain that anyone beyond his circle of friends and colleagues would remember him or his work. At the time of his death, Greene was 35 years old — an artist on the cusp of something greater, but not quite there yet. He had produced an intriguing, enigmatic body of work: a series of photographic images — of animals, landscapes and male physiques — that he obscured under calligraphic letters, patterns and symbols made out of goopy layers of paint. But his career had been a short one. He had been in some important exhibitions, including a group show at Andrea Rosen Gallery in New...