Frederick Weston (Estate)

Frederick Weston (Estate)

Frederick Weston (1946–2020) was born in Memphis, Tennessee, and raised in Detroit, Michigan where he participated in the club scene before moving to New York City in the mid-1970s. He was a graduate of Ferris State University, Big Rapids, Michigan, where he was instrumental in founding the Zeta Beta Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha—the university’s first African American fraternity. He went on to study menswear design and marketing at the Fashion Institute of Technology, New York. A self-taught, interdisciplinary artist, he worked in a variety of media, including collage, drawing, sculpture, photography, performance, and creative writing. Over the course of his time in New York, he developed a vast encyclopedic archive of images and ephemera related to fashion, the body, advertising, AIDS, race, and queer subjects.

Weston’s Estate is represented by Gordon Robichaux, New York, where he presented his first New York solo exhibition in 2019. In 2020, Ortuzar Projects, in collaboration with Gordon Robichaux, presented a forty-year survey of Weston’s work. His site-specific installation at the Ace Hotel gallery in New York was celebrated in the New York Times, and he received the Foundation for Contemporary Arts’ Roy Lichtenstein Award. In 2021, Visual AIDS published Frederick Weston and Samuel R. Delany, a book dedicated to Weston’s work through a long form interview between Weston and Delany.

Weston’s work has been included in numerous group exhibitions: Downtown 2021 (curated by Sam Gordon), La MaMa Galleria, New York; A Page from My Intimate Journal (Parts I and II), Gordon Robichaux, New York, and Parker Gallery, Los Angeles; Souls Grown Diaspora (curated by Sam Gordon), apexart, New York; Heaven and Hell, Tom of Finland Foundation, Los Angeles; Tag: Proposals on Queer Play and the Ways Forward (curated by Nayland Blake), Institute of Contemporary Art, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia; This Must Be the Place (curated by O.O. & M.M. and Miles Huston), 55 Walker New York; Inside, Out Here (curated by Eric Booker), La MaMa Galleria, New York; Art AIDS America, Bronx Museum of the Arts, New York; Found (curated by Avram Finkelstein), Leslie Lohman Museum of Gay and Lesbian Art, New York; CUT HERE (with Matt Keegan and Siobhan Liddell), Gordon Robichaux, New York; Queer Artist Fellowship: Alternate Routes (curated by Osman Can Yerebakan), Leslie Lohman Project Space, New York; and Persons of Interest (curated by Sam Gordon), Bureau of General Services—Queer Division, New York.

He participated in numerous panels and presented his creative writing and poetry at Visual AIDS, “Queer Artists of Color in New York during the AIDS Epidemic,” College Art Association of America, 2019 Annual Conference; “Visual Arts and the AIDS Epidemic,” Smithsonian Archives of American Art Symposium, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; “Fag, Stag, or Drag?” in conversation with John Neff, Artists Space, New York; "Three Readings: Wayne Koestenbaum, Darinka Novitovic, and Frederick Weston,” Gordon Robichaux, New York. In 2017, an oral history with Weston conducted by Ted Kerr was published by the Smithsonian Archives of American Art for Visual Arts and the AIDS Epidemic: An Oral History Project.

Weston was a longstanding artist-member of Visual AIDS.

Profiles on Weston and his work have been published in The New York Times, The New Yorker, New York Magazine, Artforum, the Brooklyn Rail, and Hauser & Wirth’s Ursula magazine.

Weston’s work is held in the permanent collection of the Art Institute of Chicago.


Body Map I

Mixed media on paper

65 x 32 inches


Blue Genes (Bathroom Blues Series)

Mixed media on foam core board

40 × 32 inches


Ape Man Savage

Mixed media on paper

71.5 x 28 inches


Sambo Schema I and II

Diptych: Mixed media on foamcore board

40" × 32" Each panel


Freddy the Frogman

Mixed media on foamcore board

40 × 32 inches


Frederick Weston, I'm in Here Somewhere

Plaster and acrylic

10 x 6 x 5 inches


Creature From The Blue Lagoon

Mixed media on paper

77 × 30 inches


Body Maps (Arms) #1

Mixed media collage on paper

21 1/4 × 21 1/4 inches


Body Maps (Arms) #2

Mixed media collage on paper

21 1/4 × 21 1/4 inches


Frederick Weston, Self-Portrait

Mixed media on paper

11 x 8.5 inches


Blue Yonder

Paper collage on foamcore

40 x 192 inches


Frederick Weston, Money Man

Mixed media collage on paper

77 x 30 inches


Frederick Weston, My Doll Is Just Like Me

Mixed media collage

Eight panels: 30 x 20 inches each



Frederick Weston

Mar. 12–Apr. 30, 2023

Frederick Weston

Frederick Weston at Ortuzar Projects

Dec. 12, 2020–Feb. 13, 2021

A Page From My Intimate Journal (Part II) —

Wilder Alison, Leilah Babirye, Matt Connors, Jenni Crain, Stephanie Crawford, Florence Derive, DW Fitzpatrick, Gillian Garcia, Daniel Marcellus Givens, Janice Guy, Otis Houston Jr., Miles Huston, KIOSK, Marco ter Haar Romeny, Clifford Prince King, Elisabeth Kley, Wayne Koestenbaum, Siobhan Liddell, Rosemary Mayer, McDermott & McGough, Reverend Joyce McDonald, Matt Paweski, Signe Olson, Sanou Oumar, Kerry Schuss, Dean Spunt, Tabboo!, Ken Tisa, Boris Torres, Frederick Weston

Mar. 1–Apr. 19, 2020

Frederick Weston

Frederick Weston: Blue Bedroom Blues

Jan. 6–Feb. 6, 2020

Frederick Weston

Frederick Weston: Happening

Apr. 28–June 16, 2019

A Page from My Intimate Journal (Part I) —

Wayne Koestenbaum, Frederick Weston, Otis Houston Jr., Jenni Crain, Matt Connors, Florence Derive, Miles Huston, Siobhan Liddell, Sanou Oumar, Matt Paweski, Schorr Collier, Kerry Schuss, Martin Wong, Elisabeth Kley, Math Bass, Hawkins Bolden, Guy de Cointet, Lucky DeBellevue, Liz Deschenes, Shannon Ebner, Melvin Edwards, Vincent Fecteau, Denzil Forrester, Barbara Hammer, James Hoff, Marc Hundley, Shirley Jaffe, Caitlin Keogh, Shigeko Kubota, Magic Markings Anonymous, Darinka Novitovic, Bernard Piffaretti, Howardena Pindell, Charlotte Posenenske, Michael Queenland, Stuart Sherman, Amy Sillman, Alison Smith, Gwen Smith, Martine Syms, Tseng Kwong Chi, Stan Vanderbeek, Melvin Way, Karlheinz Weinberger, B. Wurtz, Amy Yao

Feb. 11–Apr. 8, 2018

Matt Keegan, Siobhan Liddell, Frederick Weston


May 7–June 18, 2017


Sound & Vision

Mar. 7, 2020

Independent New York: Matt Paweski, Frederick Weston

Mar. 5–Mar. 8, 2020

Paris Internationale: Florence Derive, DW Fitzpatrick, McDermott & McGough, Sanou Oumar, Tabboo!, Frederick Weston

Oct. 16–Oct. 19, 2019

Summer Viewing Room

July 15–Aug. 12, 2019

Frederick Weston: Readings

May 29, 2019

Three Readings

Mar. 4, 2018

Adult Contemporary Presents: Matt Keegan, Siobhan Liddell, Frederick Weston

June 4, 2017

Let Go Or Be Dragged

Mar. 2–Mar. 5, 2017


Frederick Weston, DUETS: Frederick Weston & Samuel R. Delany


Visual AIDS

Frederick Weston, Frederick Weston


Gordon Robichaux and Karma


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