David Wojnarowicz

Essays

Longing for Keith Haring’s Lighthearted Penises

by John Sherman on September 13, 2016

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It may seem unusual to uphold a book of penis drawings as a significant art-historical moment, but Manhattan Penis Drawings for Ken Hicks creates an unignorable link between Haring’s early work and his homosexuality.

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Post image for Soylent, a Donkey, and Even Some Good Art: A Frieze New York Diary

1pm: The press preview for Frieze New York 2016 on Randall’s Island begins! Or so they say. I am power walking out the door of my office in Williamsburg.

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Post image for Tracing Narratives in a Constellation of Art, Artifacts, and Texts

The week I visited Julie Ault’s new show, afterlife, at Galerie Buchholz, I also gave a talk at the Institute of American Indian Arts (IAIA) on poetry and the archive.

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Post image for An Early Thanksgiving: The Wagner Gift to the Whitney

Opening in the shadow of the Paris attacks, the exhibition Collected by Thea Westreich Wagner and Ethan Wagner represents — as Adam Weinberg, the director of the Whitney Museum of American Art, said in his remarks at the press preview — “a celebration of what matters in life.”

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Post image for From Calder to Kruger, the New Whitney Museum’s First Show

The inaugural exhibition at the new Whitney Museum is not perfect, but it is pretty damn good.

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Post image for Displaying Three Decades of LGBTQ Art Censored by Museums

In Irreverent: A Celebration of Censorship, opening next month at the Leslie Lohman Museum of Gay and Lesbian Art in New York, all of the art has previously been censored from major museums.

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David Shrigley's

MIAMI BEACH — “There’s a lot of product going on here,” I heard a woman say into her cell phone at the mega-art fair Art Basel Miami Beach 2014. Indeed, $3 billion worth of art is being offered for sale this year, according to the event’s organizers.

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Post image for All the Feelings: Jennifer Doyle’s ‘Hold It Against Me’

What is included in the field of a work of art? The medium may be painting or performance, the subject matter may be landscapes or the death of a lover, and the aesthetics may come from a particular tradition or vein of art. But beyond that, when we discuss a work of art, what else can or should be included in that conversation?

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Post image for Inside David Wojnarowicz’s Comic Book

Many people know that David Wojnarowicz was an excellent artist, but fewer probably know that he was also an excellent writer. 7 Miles a Second, originally put out by DC Comics in 1996 and recently republished by Fantagraphics Books, is a memoir comprised of personal stories mixed with dreams, hallucinatory images, and social commentary.

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Post image for Transgressive Queer Art, Tinged with Nostalgia

Today’s New York art world is painfully nostalgic for the 1980s — a time when rent in the East Village could be paid on tips, syringes littered the streets, and social forces challenged artists to create astounding works. Creativity crackled in the air, as did the impending trauma and transformation of the near future. Social spaces existed before social media supplanted them. It was a time — “post-disco, pre-house,” according to performance artist Jack Waters — when you could both dance and talk in clubs, and those clubs weren’t just filled with $12 cocktails and bridge-and-tunnel riffraff, but exciting creators building a community.

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