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David Wojnarowicz Unknown Binding – 1986
From Library Journal
Wojnarowicz ( Close to the Knives , LJ 5/1/91), a participant in two Whitney Biennials and well known as a target of Reverend Donald Wildmon's (American Family Association) anti-art campaigns, died last month. A fragment of autobiography as art and a retrospective of ten years of his work represent him here. In Memories . . . the artist uses childlike line drawings and ink paintings to illustrate three short, graphically sexual scenes from his youth and a longer montage from 1991 when he is living with and dying of AIDS. His matter-of-fact descriptions--void of self-pity, regret, or apology--explore his own ability to recall and reclaim personal brutality and challenge the reader's ability to understand without rationalization. His stream-of-conciousness style has found its best matches in content and tone here. Recommended for all AIDS and larger contemporary art collections. Tongues of Flame was originally a limited edition catalog accompanying a 1990 retrospective show organized by Illinois State Univ. Galleries. In contrast to the deceptively simple personal intensity of Memories , this collection of 100 reproductions and ten essays overwhelms with its diversity of styles and whirlwind of emotions. Though the performances, sculpture, and film are all presented here, the best pieces are the collages, which combine painting, photography, and cartoons. These collages juxtapose and relate nature/man (buffalos, ants, and dung beetles are all common) to civilization. Throughout, the works simultaneously examine possibilities for personal liberty/identity and expose government/media/religious institutions that oppress. Recommended for all contemporary art collections and where "anti-establishment" expressions are popular.
-Eric Bryant, "Library Journal"
Copyright 1992 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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