Illinois State University, 1990 Second printing 1992 Softcover, 128 pages, 266 x 213 mm Condition: Near Fine
Beginning in the late 1970s, David Wojnarowicz created a body of work that spanned photography, painting, music, film, sculpture and writing. Largely self-taught, he came to prominence in New York in the 1980s, a period marked by creative energy, financial precariousness, and profound cultural changes. The artist saw the outsider as his true subject. Queer and later diagnosed as HIV-positive, he became an impassioned advocate for people with AIDS when an inconceivable number of friends, lovers, and strangers were dying due to government inaction.
Wojnarowicz’s work documents and illuminates a desperate period of American history: that of the AIDS crisis and culture wars. His relentless anger at a homophobic Church and politicians who ignored the existence of this deadly illness, fueled much of his scathing imagery. The soul-piercing social criticism he delivered to audiences until his death from AIDS-related complications in 1992 still resound today.
One of the last books published during his lifetime, Tongues of Flame accompanied Wojnarowicz’s 1990 major retrospective exhibition at the Illinois State University Galleries. It includes over 100 images of every aspect of the artist's work plus some great essays about and by Wojnarowicz.
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