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David Wojnarowicz
Excavating the Temple of the New Gods, 1986
acrylic and collage on masonite
48 x 48 in.
121.92 x 121.92 cm

David Wojnarowicz
Excavating the Temple of the New Gods, 1986
acrylic and collage on masonite
48 x 48 in.
121.92 x 121.92 cm

P·P·O·W is pleased to present a solo booth of major historical paintings, sculptures, photographs and films by David Wojnarowicz (1954 – 1992). Wojnarowicz channeled a vast accumulation of raw images, sounds, memories and lived experiences into a powerful voice that was an undeniable presence in the New York City art scene of the 1970s, 80s and early 90s.  Through his several volumes of fiction, poetry, memoirs, painting, photography, installation, sculpture, film and performance, Wojnarowicz left a legacy, affirming art’s vivifying power in a society he viewed as alienating and corrosive. His use of blunt semiotics and graphic illustrations exposed what he felt the mainstream repressed: poverty, abuse of power, blind nationalism, greed, homophobia and the devastation of the AIDS epidemic.

In the early and mid 80’s Wojnarowicz  became well known for his spray painted supermarket posters exhibited in the East Village and developed a series of paintings that graphically illustrate his deft collagist hand at combining the painted image and text over dollar bills, sheet music and maps. In the late 80’s when AIDS encroached and eventually stole the lives of countless friends and mentors, Wojnaroiwcz’s work became more pointed as the voice of the powerless and the enemy of the conservative right. The booth will include such works as Excavating the Temple Gods (1986), One Day This Kid (1990), Christ with Ants (1988-89) along with other historic paintings and photographs Wojnarowicz created in his last years.  Iconic sculptures Bread (1988-89) and Science Lesson in 3D (1984), will also be exhibited as well as his rarely seen film in collaboration with Ben Neill, ITSOFOMO (1989).

David Wojnarowicz was born in 1954 in Red Bank, New Jersey. From 1970 until 1973, he lived on the streets of New York City as a street hustler.  In the 1990s he fought and successfully issued an injunction against Donald Wildmon and the American Family Association for their distortion of his work in violation of the New York Artists' Authorship Rights Act. Wojnarowicz died of AIDS-related complications on July 22, 1992 at the age of 37. His artwork has been included in solo and group exhibitions around the world, at institutions such as The Museum of Modern Art, New York; The American Center, Paris, France; The Busan Museum of Modern Art, Korea; Centro Galego de Art Contemporanea, Santiago de Compostela, Spain; Barbican Art Gallery, London; and the Museum Ludwig, Cologne Germany. His works are in permanent collections of major museums internationally and are the subject of significant scholarly studies. Highly influential to the current generation of artists, writers and activists, his work continues to be subject of important exhibitions. Wojnarowicz has been the subject of two retrospectives, at the galleries of the Illinois State University in 1990 curated by Barry Blinderman and at the New Museum in 1999 curated by Dan Cameron. Among his numerous books, published by Random House and Grove Press, among others, his memoir, "Close to the Knives" has recently been translated into French. Recently historian Cynthia Carr released an acclaimed biography on Wojnarowicz entitled Fire in the Belly. In 2014, Wojnarowicz’s work will be featured in an upcoming exhibition Take it or Leave it: Institution, Image, Ideology at the Hammer Museum in Los Angeles. The Whitney Museum of American Art will present a retrospective of Wojnarowicz’s work in the spring of 2016.

Exhibited Works

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David Wojnarowicz Science Totem, 1983

David Wojnarowicz
Science Totem, 1983
acrylic on found wood
67 x 8 1/2 x 5 in.
170.18 x 21.59 x 12.7 cm

David Wojnarowicz Excavating the Temple of the New Gods, 1986

David Wojnarowicz
Excavating the Temple of the New Gods, 1986
acrylic and collage on masonite
48 x 48 in.
121.92 x 121.92 cm

Wojnarowicz David & Neill Ben

Wojnarowicz David & Neill Ben
ITSOFOMO (In The Shadow of Forward Motion - Full Length), 1991/2014
video transferred to digital video
TRT: 60 minutes

David Wojnarowicz Untitled (One Day This Kid), 1990-91

David Wojnarowicz
Untitled (One Day This Kid), 1990-91
serigraph on archival paper
24 x 32 ins.
61 x 81.3 cm

David Wojnarowicz Arthur Rimbaud in New York (under boardwalk), 1978-79/2004

David Wojnarowicz
Arthur Rimbaud in New York (under boardwalk), 1978-79/2004
silver print
27.94 x 35.56 cm
11 x 14 in.

David Wojnarowicz Arthur Rimbaud in New York (Diner), 1978-79

David Wojnarowicz
Arthur Rimbaud in New York (Diner), 1978-79
vintage silver print
8 x 10 ins.
20.3 x 25.4 cm

David Wojnarowicz Untitled (Spirituality), from the Ant Series, 1988-89

David Wojnarowicz
Untitled (Spirituality), from the Ant Series, 1988-89
gelatin silver print
Sheet: 29 1/8 x 39 1/4 ins. (73.8 x 99.7 cm)
Framed: 40 1/4 x 48 3/4 ins. (102.24 x 123.83 cm)

David Wojnarowicz We are Born into a Preinvented Existence, 1990

David Wojnarowicz
We are Born into a Preinvented Existence, 1990
acrylic, photo and string on masonite
60 x 48 in.
152.4 x 121.92 cm

David Wojnarowicz When I Put My Hands on Your Body, 1990

David Wojnarowicz
When I Put My Hands on Your Body, 1990
Gelatin silver print and silkscreen text on museum board
86.36 x 116.84 cm
34 x 46 in.

David Wojnarowicz Science Totem, 1983

David Wojnarowicz
Science Totem, 1983
acrylic on found wood
67 x 8 1/2 x 5 in.
170.18 x 21.59 x 12.7 cm

David Wojnarowicz Excavating the Temple of the New Gods, 1986

David Wojnarowicz
Excavating the Temple of the New Gods, 1986
acrylic and collage on masonite
48 x 48 in.
121.92 x 121.92 cm

Wojnarowicz David & Neill Ben

Wojnarowicz David & Neill Ben
ITSOFOMO (In The Shadow of Forward Motion - Full Length), 1991/2014
video transferred to digital video
TRT: 60 minutes

David Wojnarowicz Untitled (One Day This Kid), 1990-91

David Wojnarowicz
Untitled (One Day This Kid), 1990-91
serigraph on archival paper
24 x 32 ins.
61 x 81.3 cm

David Wojnarowicz Arthur Rimbaud in New York (under boardwalk), 1978-79/2004

David Wojnarowicz
Arthur Rimbaud in New York (under boardwalk), 1978-79/2004
silver print
27.94 x 35.56 cm
11 x 14 in.

David Wojnarowicz Arthur Rimbaud in New York (Diner), 1978-79

David Wojnarowicz
Arthur Rimbaud in New York (Diner), 1978-79
vintage silver print
8 x 10 ins.
20.3 x 25.4 cm

David Wojnarowicz Untitled (Spirituality), from the Ant Series, 1988-89

David Wojnarowicz
Untitled (Spirituality), from the Ant Series, 1988-89
gelatin silver print
Sheet: 29 1/8 x 39 1/4 ins. (73.8 x 99.7 cm)
Framed: 40 1/4 x 48 3/4 ins. (102.24 x 123.83 cm)

David Wojnarowicz We are Born into a Preinvented Existence, 1990

David Wojnarowicz
We are Born into a Preinvented Existence, 1990
acrylic, photo and string on masonite
60 x 48 in.
152.4 x 121.92 cm

David Wojnarowicz When I Put My Hands on Your Body, 1990

David Wojnarowicz
When I Put My Hands on Your Body, 1990
Gelatin silver print and silkscreen text on museum board
86.36 x 116.84 cm
34 x 46 in.

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