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David Wojnarowicz (1954 – 1992)
RIMBAUD IN NEW YORK (WITH GUN IN WEST SIDE PIER WAREHOUSE), 1979
Estimate
10,00015,000
LOT SOLD. 21,250 USD
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478
David Wojnarowicz (1954 – 1992)
RIMBAUD IN NEW YORK (WITH GUN IN WEST SIDE PIER WAREHOUSE), 1979
Estimate
10,00015,000
LOT SOLD. 21,250 USD
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Details & Cataloguing

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David Wojnarowicz (1954 – 1992)
RIMBAUD IN NEW YORK (WITH GUN IN WEST SIDE PIER WAREHOUSE), 1979
gelatin silver print
8 by 10 in. (20.3 by 25.4 cm.)
Executed in 1979, this work is a unique variant from an unknown edition printed by the artist.
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Provenance

Brian Butterick, New York (gift of the artist)
Johnny Dynell, New York (acquired from the above)

Catalogue Note

The present lot is from Wojnarowicz’s noted Rimbaud series, in which the artist photographed himself and others wearing a mask of the renowned French poet Arthur Rimbaud in different areas of the New York where the artist frequented. Like Wojnarowicz, Rimbaud suffered violence in his early years and felt that bourgeois society’s demonizing of his homosexuality kept him from ultimate freedom and acceptance. Pictured here is Wojnarowicz’s lover at the time, Brian Butterick. Butterick gifted the work to DJ and Downtown scene personality Johnny Dynell, who has had the work ever since.

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