Heroes: A Tribute - Blue Art Edition

by Doug Meyer


Heroes: A Tribute pays homage to fifty brilliant, creative figures who were early victims of AIDS and AIDS-related illnesses. Through captivating, three-dimensional portraits that reflect core aspects of each individual, artist Doug Meyer celebrates the lives and accomplishments of pioneers from the worlds of art, design, film, and dance—people such as Robert Mapplethorpe, Keith Haring, Rudolph Nureyev, Freddie Mercury, Rock Hudson, John Duka, Tina Chow, Klaus Nomi, Halston, and Angelo Donghia. In addition to honoring the individuals portrayed, Meyer hopes to highlight their contributions for younger generations.

Heroes began as an installation at a DIFFA (Design Industry Foundation to Fight AIDS) event, and grew into a traveling exhibition. The portraits vary significantly in form, material, and style, and incorporate drawing, painting, sculpture, and photography. Meyer often blends techniques and media, such as terracotta, églomisé, papier-mâché, and computer-generated collage. The text includes essays by Meyer and contributing writer Beth Dunlop as well as short biographies of each hero. The book is printed in multiple papers with pops of neon color and painted edges, echoing the artist’s work. All volumes are stamped, signed, and numbered by the artist and include a stand-alone print of the fifty-first hero. 

“All these people were pioneers in their fields—art, design, fashion, entertainment, theater, film...This book is my way of reminding people that these men and women existed and what they did—how their work contributed to and certainly helped shape our world.” — Doug Meyer

Doug Meyer is a conceptual artist and designer based in New York City whose work ranges from creating site-specific spaces to curating museum exhibitions. His recent work focuses on three-dimensional art pieces, including the portraits in Heroes, and his ongoing Cameos series. He has created collections of fabric, wallpaper, rugs, lighting, and tiles with his brother, fashion designer Gene Meyer. Doug was named one of the most influential designers in the world by Architectural Digest France for multiple years. His work has been published worldwide. 


Blue Art Edition No. 101-1050

Publication Date: May 22, 2018

Hardcover, Smyth Sewn Binding

220 Pages, Painted Edges, 143 Photographs

All Copies Stamped, Signed, and Numbered by the Artist

Includes 51st Hero Blue Edition Print 

8 x 11.6 in.


A portion of proceeds benefit organizations
that advance HIV/AIDS awareness and research.