Fire in the Belly: The Life and Times of David Wojnarowicz
Why a work of art could stir such emotions is at the heart of Cynthia Carr's Fire in the Belly, the first biography of a beleag ...more
Wojnarowicz was an incredible writer and artist, but Carr goes d ...more
Cynthia Carr's bio goes deep into the heart of David's harrowing childhood. I found details I did not know because David never talked about them, for example the fact that his abusive father, Ed, committed s ...more
“David’s work was full of sex and violence—politics expressed at the level of the body. He paint...more
But it is very, very good. I wasn't really interested in the East Village art scene, or art much at all, really, but I went to a not very good lecture on his death portraits of Peter Hujar, which made me curious about someone who would take such pictures, so I picked up the book. It's pretty incredible; Cynthia Carr talked to everyone around him she could (quite a few of his contemporaries/colleagues/friends are dead), and got access to apparently all h ...more
Her book is an unabashedly sympathetic po ...more
This read was a very powerful, personal journey for me because of the time period NYC-80’s- early 90’s. It is when I first moved to NYC as a snappy young gay man. I remember artist David W- attending his gallery shows, his books, writings... seeing him on the street creating art, borscht at the Russian diner on 2nd Ave. The book is beautifully written in a journalistic way, yet the author pulls from her own memory and relationship with David W. It captures a period in history when AIDS invad ...more
Wojnarowicz's life and work is put into context among his many artist peers - Peter Hujar, Keith Haring, Nan Goldin among them - and the author paints a vivid picture of NYC during the 1 ...more
At times the detail of art making and negotiations stacked so consistently on one another got hard to keep track of. And some of the nihilism of the lives told is boring but that's more of a critique of the scene than of Carr.
I didn' ...more
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Galás does not remember being on Second Avenue that night, but she made an indelible impression on Zimmerman and Glantzman.
She had walked by, but as they were putting David into the hearse, she spun around and ran back, yelling, 'Who is that? Is that David Wojnarowicz?' Zimmerman and Brown didn't answer. What Glantzman remembers is that Diamanda Galás was there at the door, screaming. 'As if our feelings were amplified,' said Glantzman. 'Hysterical screaming.”