A Countercultural Icon Gets A Retrospective at the Whitney Museum of American Art
Posted by Brienne Walsh on June 24, 2018 | Contests/Events
David Wojnarowicz with Tom Warren, Self-Portrait of David Wojnarowicz, 1983–84. Acrylic and collaged paper on gelatin silver print, 60 × 40 in. (152.4 × 101.6 cm). Collection of Brooke Garber Neidich and Daniel Neidich, Photograph by Ron Amstutz.
David Wojnarowicz first emerged in the New York art scene in the 1970s by painting stencils of burning houses on the sides of buildings in the East Village. Queer and later, HIV-positive, he quickly made a name for himself not only with his artwork, but also with his writing and political activism. Known for collaborating with a variety of photographers including Nan Goldin, and Peter Hujar (the latter was his mentor and lover), Wojnarowicz worked in a broad spectrum of mediums including photography, painting, music, sculpture, film and performance.
After his death from AIDS in 1996, Wojnarowicz’s ashes were spread on the lawn of the White House in Washington, D.C.
On July 13, a retrospective of Wojnarowicz’s career will open at the Whitney Museum of American Art. Consisting of more than 100 works, the exhibition, which closes on September 30, will travel to the Museo Reina Sofía in Spain in May 2019, and then to the Mudam ￼￼Luxembourg – Musée d’Arte Moderne Grand-Duc Jean in Luxembourg in November 2019.
For images from the exhibition, see below. For more information, visit the Whitney Museum’s website.
David Wojnarowicz, Untitled, 1988–89. Gelatin silver print, 16 x 20 in. (40.6 x 50.8 cm). Collection of Steve Johnson and Walter Sudol, courtesy Second Ward Foundation. Image courtesy of The Estate of David Wojnarowicz and P.P.O.W., New York.
David Wojnarowicz, Arthur Rimbaud in New York, 1978–79, 1990. Gelatin silver print, 8 × 10 in. (20.3 × 25.4 cm). Image courtesy of the Estate of David Wojnarowicz and P.P.O.W., New York.
David Wojnarowicz, Untitled (Green Head), 1982. Acrylic on Masonite 48 × 96 in. (121.9 × 243.8 cm). Collection of Hal Bromm and Doneley Meris, Image courtesy of the Estate of David Wojnarowicz and P.P.O.W., New York.
David Wojnarowicz, Untitled (One day this kid . . .), 1990. Photostat, 30 × 40 1/8 in. (76.2 × 101.9 cm). Edition of 10. Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; purchase with funds from the Print Committee 2002.183. Courtesy of The Estate of David Wojnarowicz and P.P.O.W Gallery, New York, NY