David Wojnarowicz

Brush Fires in the Social Landscape



ISBN: 9781597112949 Category:

Cynthia Carr, Karen Finley, Nan Goldin


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. Now, on the twentieth anniversary of Brush Fires , when interest in the artist’s work has increased exponentially, this expanded and redesigned edition of this seminal publication puts the work in front of an audience all over again while maintaining the integrity of the original. Through the lens of various contributors, the book address Wojnarowicz’s profound legacy: the relentless tugs, allegiances, censorship, and ethical issues, alongside his aesthetic brilliance, courage, and influence.

Additional information

Weight 944 g
Dimensions 18.7 x 23.3 cm
Publisher name Aperture Foundation
Publication date 1 May 2015
Number of pages 240
Format Hardback
Contributors Photographs by David Wojnarowicz, Introduction by Lucy R. Lippard
Dimensions 18.7 x 23.3 cm
Weight 944 g


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