• Spirale

    David Wojnarowicz

    J'avais été drogué, défenestré du deuxième étage, étranglé, assommé avec un bloc de marbre, presque poignardé à quatre reprises, frappé au visage à coups de poing au moins dix-sept fois, passé à tabac plus souvent qu'à mon tour, quasiment étouffé et même ligoté sur un lit d'hôtel où je m'étais réveillé la tête penchée et gorgée d'un tel afflux de sang qu'elle semblait sur le point d'exploser, le tout avant mes quinze ans.

  • David Wojnarowicz's use of photography, at times in conjunction with text and painting, was extraordinary, as was his unprecedented way of addressing the AIDS crisis and issues of censorship, homophobia, and narrative. Brush Fires in the Social Landscape , begun in col - laboration with the artist before his death in 1992 and first published in 1994, engaged what Wojnarowicz would refer to as his "tribe" or community. Contributors-from artist and writer friends such as Karen Finley, Nan Goldin, Kiki Smith, Vince Aletti, Cynthia Carr, and Lucy R. Lippard, to David Cole, the lawyer who represented him in his case against Donald Wildmon and the American Family Association-together offer a compelling, provocative understanding of the artist and his work. Brush Fires is also the only book that features the breadth of Wojnarowicz's work with photography.


  • artiste homosexuel de la scène underground, david wojnarowicz met son mal en littérature pour témoigner, dans une prose bouleversante, d'une vie menée au bord du gouffre dans le new york bohème des années 80.
    un requiem féroce oú se mêlent le récit de son enfance brisée et sa rédemption miraculeuse sublimée par l'art, le sexe et la drogue. entre périples désertiques et errances urbaines, il explore le cauchemar de l'amérique puritaine qui, boursouflée de dogmes religieux, laisse mourir aux pieds de ses tours d'argent les victimes du sida. le portrait sans concession d'un homme qui, au cours de ses trente-huit années d'existence, a construit une oeuvre digne de sa vie.
    généreuse. irrésistible. grandiose.

  • Not content to be a tremendous photographer, painter, filmmaker, performance artist and activist David Wojnarowicz (1954-92) was also the author of three classic books: Close to the Knives, The Waterfront Journals and Memories That Smell Like Gasoline, now back in print from Artspace. This volume collects four tales--"Into the Drift and Sway," "Doing Time in a Disposable Body," "Spiral" and the title story--interspersed with ink drawings by the artist. "Sometimes it gets dark in here behind these eyes I feel like the physical equivalent of a scream. The highway at night in the headlights of this speeding car speeding is the only motion that lets the heart unravel and in the wind of the road the two story framed houses appear one after the other like some cinematic stage set..." From these opening sentences of the book (in "Into the Drift and Sway"), Wojnarowicz lets loose a salvo of explicit gay sexual reverie harshly lit by the New York cityscape.

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