David Wojnarowicz


Peter Hujar ( American, 1934 - 1987 )

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General Description

This 1981 portrait powerfully captures the alienation and defiance that characterized the life and art of David Wojnarowicz. One in a series of photographs taken by his partner, Peter Hujar, this particular view of Wojnarowicz's face is intensely graphic, making the subject's wary gaze all the more dramatic and his expression even more intense.

Proof of Wojnarowicz's trust in Hujar, this unflinching view into another person's mind and spirit is typical of Hujar's singular, even unrelenting, focus. Both Hujar and Wojnarowicz died of complications from AIDS, making this work all the more retrospectively powerful in its recording of a central figure from a downtown New York art milieu that has since vanished.

Adapted from

Anna Katherine Brodbeck, ed., TWO X TWO X TWENTY: Two Decades Supporting Contemporary Art at the Dallas Museum of Art (Dallas: Dallas Museum of Art), 2018, 115.