Bibliography--Books on Wojnarowicz

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David Wojnarowicz: Brush Fires in the Social Landscape

[ Harris, Melissa, ed. David

Wojnarowicz: Brush Fires in the Social Landscape. New York: Aperture Foundation, 1994. 2nd Edition 2015.]

Brush Fires in the Social Landscape was begun in collaboration with the artist before his death and was published posthumously in 1994 and reissued in

2015 in expanded form. The book includes an essay by Lucy Lippard, David Wojnarowicz interviewed by Nan Goldin, and

statements by his friends including Cynthia Carr, Elizabeth Hess, Kiki Smith, Carlo McCormick, David

Cole, Karen Finley, Vince Aletti, Tessa Hughes-Freeland, Tom Rauffenbart, and Fran Lebowitz, which provide insight

into the artist’s life and personality. Lippard’s essay, a key text about Wojnarowicz, helpfully situates the artist’s work in relation to the history of

art through detailed formal analysis and descriptions of the thematic content, materials, and working techniques. The book also includes many high quality

images with captions showing a range of the artist’s artworks, with particular focus on his photographs.

Twentieth Anniversary Edition Published by Aperture Introduction by Lucy R. Lippard. Text by Vince Aletti, Barry Blinderman, Cynthia Carr, David Cole,

Shannon Ebner, Leonard Fink, Karen Finley, Nan Goldin, Félix Guattari, Wade Guyton, Melissa Harris, Elizabeth Hess, Tessa

Hughes-Freeland, Peter Hujar, Fran Lebowitz, Sylvère Lotringer, Carlo McCormick, Henrik Olesen,

Wendy Olsoff, Adam Putnam, Tom Rauffenbart, James Romberger, Emily Roysdon, Marion Scemama, Gary Schneider, Amy Scholder, Kiki Smith, Andreas Sterzing, Zoe Strauss, Marvin J. Taylor, Lynne

Tillman, Wolfgang Tillmans.

Fire in The Belly: The Life and Times of David Wojnarowicz

[ Carr, Cynthia. Fire in The Belly: The Life and

Times of David Wojnarowicz. New York: Bloomsbury, 2012.]

Cynthia Carr’s biography of David Wojnarowicz traces the story of his life through a many-angled account of his experiences, travels, and

friends in the art world of downtown New York in the 1980s. Her detailed text is thoroughly researched, well written and sensitive to the artist’s struggles

from his traumatic childhood to his battle with AIDS. This is the most extensive biography of Wojnarowicz. Carr spent four years researching this book,

using the Wojnarowicz Papers at Fales and conducting interviews with dozens of Wojnarowicz's friends, family, and associates.

David Wojnarowicz: A Definitive History of Five or Six Years on the Lower East Side


Ambrosino, Giancarlo, ed. David Wojnarowicz: A Definitive History of Five or Six Years on the Lower East Side. Interviews by Sylvere Lotringer. New

York: Semiotext(e), 2006.]

This book is a compilation of interviews conducted by Sylvère Lotringer with many of David Wojnarowicz’s friends, collaborators, and

gallerists including Carlo McCormick, Julie Hair, Mike Bidlo, Keiko Bonk,

Steve Brown, Steve Doughton, Bill Rice, Richard Kern, Tommy Turner, Kiki Smith, David West, Marguerite van Cook, James Romberger, Ben Neill,

Paul Marcus, Marion Scemama, Tom Rauffenbart, and Nan Goldin. These interviews

give insight into Wojnarowicz’s life and personal relationships in addition to the general atmosphere of the art scene on the lower east side of New York

city in the 1980s. Several of the interviewees collaborated with Wojnarowicz on performances, films, photographs, installations and other works so their

memories about the production of these works offer important information to help guide readers and viewers toward informed interpretations. This book also

includes two interviews with Wojnarowicz and the transcript from the 1990 court testimony of Wojnarowicz (plaintiff) against The American Family Association

(AFA) and Reverend Donald E. Wildmon (defendants).

DeathTripping: The Cinema of Transgression

[ Rossi, Jeri Cain. Interview with David Wojnarowicz in DeathTripping: The

Cinema of Transgression, edited by Jack Sargeant, 147-143. London: Creation Books, 2000.]

Includes an interview between Jeri Cain Rossi and David Wojnarowicz focusing on Wojnarowicz’s films. They discuss shooting parts of “A Fire in My Belly” and

other rolls of film in Mexico with Tommy Turner and their experiences traveling seeing Halloween festivities, a circus, graveyards, and

animals. Wojnarowicz describes shooting some of the scenes in his film "Where Evil Dwells" and working with Richard Kern on the film “You

Killed Me First” and the related installation at Ground Zero Gallery. Wojnarowicz discussed his desire to break out of oppressive

systems of authority and the distressing impact of violent images and suffering.