Heroes: A Tribute - Pink Art Edition


by Doug Meyer


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Heroes: A Tribute pays homage to fifty brilliant creative figures who were early victims of AIDS and AIDS-related illnesses. Through portraiture, 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 three-dimensional 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. 


“Interior designer and artist Doug Meyer has created 50 ‘portraits’—busts, statuettes, intaglios, multimedia sculptures—of creative people who died of AIDS and AIDS-related causes in the ’80s and ’90s.”—T, The New York Times Style Magazine

“The book, in its vibrant color and loving tributes…is as much a joyful ode to these lives and the worlds they created as it is a somber recognition of an era marked by tragedy.”— San Francisco Chronicle

“Artist and designer Doug Meyer remembers figures ranging from architects Frank Israel and Alan Buchsbaum to interior designers Tice Alexander and Jay Spectre.”—Architectural Digest

A gorgeous feast for the eyes and soul that not only honors the creative geniuses who died too soon, but immortalizes their work for generations to come.”—Advocate

“Meyer…created three-dimensional hand-made ‘portraits’ of some of the earliest creatives lost to AIDS.”—Elle Décor

“A fabulous coffee-table book.”—POZ

“For artist and designer Doug Meyer, paying homage to the early victims of AIDS is more than just an honor; it’s a responsibility he feels he has to today’s younger generations.”—luxe.daily

“Memorializing death…in art allows us to share it much more universally…Heroes is utterly moving.—Modern Magazine

“The gut punch of missing them [the heroes] is supplemented by the joy and inspiration each person contributed to our lives and culture.”—Cultured Magazine

“An incredibly beautiful but heart-wrenching reminder of the losses our culture suffered during the Plague Years…the wonderful, witty portraits that Meyer has created…should prove valuable to people just discovering these artists and those who lived through the same times.—A & U (America’s AIDS Magazine)

“The portraits serve as a history lesson of sorts, allowing younger individuals to be introduced to some of these heroes for the first time.”—Courier Journal (Louisville)

“So gorgeous, so powerful, and so important.”—The Jealous Curator

“It’s gorgeous...a cohesive body of work…very unique.”—The Art History Babes

“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.


Pink Art Edition No. 1051-2000

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 Pink Edition Print

8 x 11.6 in.


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