Feb 5, 2010

Forthcoming: David Wojnarowicz biography

The struggle of C. Carr, David Wojnarowicz's forthcoming biographer, to present a full-screen image of the artist's work in her slide presentation last night at Fales Library, home to the astonishing downtown New York archive - including the new Riot Grrrl Collection - was unfortunately paralleled by a failure to present any kind of narrative that would allow the audience to engage with the artist and his work. This is hopefully just a reflection of the early stage of this project. For now do check out a copy of the somewhat overstimulating David Wojnarowicz: A Definitive History of Five or Six Years on the Lower East Side, a collection of interviews with friends and collaborators, among them Carlo McCormick, Kiki Smith, and Nan Goldin. Take a life-size glimpse at the Downtown Collection's goldmine at the Grey Art Gallery's Downtown Pix: Mining the Fales Archives, 1961-1991, curated by former New York Times photo editor Philip Gefter, whose Michael Bell-designed Hudson Valley glass house I wrote about a few years ago. -STEPHEN ZACKS

No comments:

Post a Comment