Photos by Matthew Leifheit NYU's Bobst Library is an empty cavern where fluorescent lights hang down like stalactites and lone students wing through the stacks like bats. My ears are straining to catch some sign of life when I hear the squawk of a recalcitrant brake as the librarian wheels a metal book cart my way. Show More Summary
On October 28, Bonhams New York set a new world record for works by David Wojnarowicz at the Fine Photographs auction held in the Madison Avenue galleries. The photographer?s oversized gelatin print, Untitled (Buffaloes), 1988-89, sold for $125,000, more than 4 times the pre-sale high estimate. Show More Summary
I'll be bringing Fire in the Belly: The Life and Times of David Wojnarowicz to read. And you? What will you be reading? Two announcements! (1) This month's party is tomorrow night. Starts at 6 pm at the Fireside Room at the Sorrento....Show More Summary
Alex Dimitrov’s new book, Begging for It, came out earlier this year: Just discovered is an open letter from Ted Rees that takes issue with Dimitrov’s cover image, a piece from David Wojnarowicz’s Rimbaud in New York, a series of black-and-white photographs taken from 1978 to 1979. At Harm Massage, Rees’s Tumblr, he writes: “Ignoring [...]
Many people know that David Wojnarowicz was an excellent artist, but fewer probably know that he was also an excellent writer. 7 Miles a Second, originally put out by DC Comics in 1996 and recently republished by Fantagraphics Books, is a memoir comprised of personal stories mixed with dreams, hallucinatory images, and social commentary.
Because reading 7 Miles a Second is a little like opening a time capsule or being transported back to the 1980s and catching glimpses of a gay kid's life on the streets of New York City, hustling to survive. read more
David Wojnarowicz scholars and fans rejoice: The artist’s journals–archived at NYU’s Fales Library & Special Collections–have just been digitized! Check out one of the tweeted photos of the many; and the full list of materials is here available to VIEW. We spied this poem, “Poem to Brian Sleeping”: GalleristNY writes that “[The journals] follow Wojnarowicz [...]
The David Wojnarowicz story was always about perseverance. Or no, not perseverance but courage, the courage to stare into the face of the abyss and report back on what he found. In the decade and a half before his death in 1992 at age...Show More Summary
Nice to see David Wojnarowicz (wana-row-vitch) back in the news, making the monkeys dance. It’s no surprise that the usual people want to use their deliberate misunderstanding of his work to rally their frightened base. It’s also no surprise that the Smithsonian once again proves to be cowardly. # Remember its Enola Gay exhibit from [...]
From artist David Wojnarowicz's glasses to advertisements for the Pyramid Club in the zine the East Village Eye, signs from Bronx nonprofit Fashion Moda to flyers advertising performances by punk and No Wave legends Richard Hell, Lydia Lunch and Patti Smith, the Fales Library and Special Collections at New York University is no ordinary library. Show More Summary
... and a man, an artist, doth protest—by sewing his mouth shut. This was probably inspired by David Wojnarowicz, but it's perfectly radical all the same. I wish I knew what I could do, personally, to support Pussy Riot, aside from donating money. Show More Summary
Cynthia Carr's book, 'Fire in the Belly: The Life and Times of David Wojnarowicz' looks at one young artist's constructive rage. It should be the cultural biography of the year. read more
When I first read David Wojnarowicz?s Close to the Knives in 1992 (or maybe 1993), it was like I had found my rage in print, a sense of maybe a little bit of hope in a world of loss....
Perhaps ignorantly thinking that the culture wars related to David Wojnarowicz were over, I originally intended to reflect on the long-term effects of A Fire In My Belly (1986-7) in HIDE/SEEK: Difference and Desire in American Portraiture at the Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery from the perspective of one year after the controversy. However a week before the HIDE/SEEK [...]
"The fact is that the artist who made the vile video died of self-inflicted wounds: he died of AIDS. The homosexual, David Wojnarowicz, hated the Catholic Church (had he lived by its teachings, he would not have self-destructed). HeShow More Summary
Last week, the Daily News was all up in arms over the Brooklyn Museum's decision to screen a clip from David Wojnarowicz's avant-garde film "A Fire In My Belly," which includes a 10-second shot of ants crawling over a crucifix. FourShow More Summary
Has it already been nearly a year since the explosion of controversy surrounding the National Portrait Gallery‘s decision to pull artist David Wojnarowicz‘s video piece, “A Fire in My Belly,” from their exhibition “HIDE/SEEK: Difference...Show More Summary
Here we go again. Almost a year after the controversy at the Smithsonian's National Portrait Gallery, Catholic groups in New York have started to raise alarm over David Wojnarowicz's unfinished film "A Fire In My Belly" (1986-7) that will appear in the Brooklyn version of the Hide/Seek: Difference and Desire in American Portraiture exhibition.
Just in time for National Coming Out Day on Tuesday and the November opening of the controversial Hide/Seek: Difference and Desire in American Portraiture at the Brooklyn Museum, Triple Canopy has published a selection of visual artist and writer David Wojnarowicz's journals online. Show More Summary
Elsewhere in museum news, Wayne Clough, who is still the head of the Smithsonian, despite repeated calls for his removal following the National Portrait Gallery/David Wojnarowicz debacle last winter, has released a memo to his staff, asking them to think about retiring early or going the route of a planned buyout. Show More Summary