Artists' Fellowship - 1997
Performance Art/Multidisciplinary Work
Working in a mode he calls "Surreal Compassionism," Anthony Hegarty writes, directs and performs in group theatrical productions featuring "transgendered and post-punk artists" and an emphasis on lavish spectacle. Among recent efforts, 'The Ascension of Marsha P. Johnson' offers a "montage of mourning and transcendence" rendering tribute to the eponymous transvestite and instigator of the Stonewall riot; while 'The Birth of Anne Frank' is a series of bizarre vignettes whose cast includes the goddess Kali, tooth fairies and Anne Frank herself. Hearty also performs solo as "a hermaphrodite chanteuse."
More about the Artist:
Antony Hegarty moved to New York in 1990 and founded the performance collective Blacklips with Johanna Constantine. Hegarty is the lead singer of the band, Antony and the Johnsons, whose debut album by the same name was released in 1998. Antony and the Johnsons' album I Am a Bird Now won the UK's Mercury Prize in 2005 and was named Album of the Year by Mojo magazine.
Hegarty has also collaborated with Lou Reed, Rufus Wainwright, filmmaker Charles Atlas, and Björk. In 2007 he was voted one of Out.com's 100 gay men and women to "rock" the year as a distinctive "balladeer."