Lot 101
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DAVID WOJNAROWICZ | 'Rimbaud in New York' (in Diner)

12,000 - 18,000 USD
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  • David Wojnarowicz
  • 'Rimbaud in New York' (in Diner)
  • gelatin silver print
  • 7 1/8  by 9 1/2  in. (18.1 by 24.1 cm.)
signed, titled, dated, and editioned '1/3' in ink on the reverse, framed, Whitney Museum of American Art exhibition and P. P. O. W., Inc., labels on the reverse, 1978, printed in 1990, no. one in an unrealized edition of 3


P. P. O. W., Inc., New York, 1993


New York, P. P. O. W., Inc., In the Garden, November - December 1990

New York, Whitney Museum of American Art, The Power of the City/The City of Power, May - July 1992

New York, New Museum of Contemporary Art, Fever: The Art of David Wojnarowicz, January - April 1999

New Brunswick, Jane Voorhees Zimmerli Art Museum at Rutgers, Raging through Time: The Art of David Wojnarowicz, January - July 2016


Dan Cameron, Fever: The Art of David Wojnarowicz (New York: New Museum of Contemporary Art, 1999), p. 80 (this print) cf. David Wojnarowicz: Rimbaud in New York 1978-79 (New Haven, 2004)

Catalogue Note

In 1978-79, the 24-year-old artist David Wojnarowicz completed his first photo project, Arthur Rimbaud in New York.  Wojnarowicz photographed an isolated young man – the sitter was either himself or a close friend – going about everyday activities in New York City. The sitter wears a mask of the young Romantic poet Arthur Rimbaud whose homosexuality and bohemian lifestyle alluded to the photographer’s own youth. Originally published in Soho News in 1980, the photographer rediscovered this body of work while preparing David Wojnarowicz: Tongues of Flame, his first retrospective which opened at the University of Illinois in January 1990. While the series was not exhibited, four of its images were illustrated in the accompanying catalogue. Wojnarowicz presented Arthur Rimbaud in New York for the first time at a P. P. O. W., Inc., November 1990 exhibition, for which prints were specifically produced. 

Lifetime prints from this series are rare. As stated in the catalogue, the present photograph is the only print from the projected edition of 3. Another lifetime print, not from the edition but likely a gift from the artist, has recently been located.