Bibliography--Books on Wojnarowicz
David Wojnarowicz: Brush Fires in the Social Landscape
Wojnarowicz: Brush Fires in the Social Landscape. New York: Aperture Foundation, 1994. 2nd Edition 2015.]
Brush Fires in the Social Landscape was begun in collaboration with the artist before his death and was published posthumously in 1994 and reissued in
into the artist’s life and personality. Lippard’s essay, a key text about Wojnarowicz, helpfully situates the artist’s work in relation to the history of
art through detailed formal analysis and descriptions of the thematic content, materials, and working techniques. The book also includes many high quality
images with captions showing a range of the artist’s artworks, with particular focus on his photographs.
Tillman, Wolfgang Tillmans.
Fire in The Belly: The Life and Times of David Wojnarowicz
[http://www.worldcat.org/title/fire-in-the-belly-the-life-and-times-of-david-wojnarowicz/oclc/738346475 Carr, Cynthia. Fire in The Belly: The Life and
Times of David Wojnarowicz. New York: Bloomsbury, 2012.]
Cynthia Carr’s biography of David Wojnarowicz traces the story of his life through a many-angled account of his experiences, travels, and
friends in the art world of downtown New York in the 1980s. Her detailed text is thoroughly researched, well written and sensitive to the artist’s struggles
from his traumatic childhood to his battle with AIDS. This is the most extensive biography of Wojnarowicz. Carr spent four years researching this book,
using the Wojnarowicz Papers at Fales and conducting interviews with dozens of Wojnarowicz's friends, family, and associates.
David Wojnarowicz: A Definitive History of Five or Six Years on the Lower East Side
Ambrosino, Giancarlo, ed. David Wojnarowicz: A Definitive History of Five or Six Years on the Lower East Side. Interviews by Sylvere Lotringer. New
York: Semiotext(e), 2006.]
This book is a compilation of interviews conducted by Sylvère Lotringer with many of David Wojnarowicz’s friends, collaborators, and
give insight into Wojnarowicz’s life and personal relationships in addition to the general atmosphere of the art scene on the lower east side of New York
city in the 1980s. Several of the interviewees collaborated with Wojnarowicz on performances, films, photographs, installations and other works so their
memories about the production of these works offer important information to help guide readers and viewers toward informed interpretations. This book also
includes two interviews with Wojnarowicz and the transcript from the 1990 court testimony of Wojnarowicz (plaintiff) against The American Family Association
(AFA) and Reverend Donald E. Wildmon (defendants).
DeathTripping: The Cinema of Transgression
[http://www.worldcat.org/title/deathtripping/oclc/34663542&referer=brief_results Rossi, Jeri Cain. Interview with David Wojnarowicz in DeathTripping: The
Cinema of Transgression, edited by Jack Sargeant, 147-143. London: Creation Books, 2000.]
Includes an interview between Jeri Cain Rossi and David Wojnarowicz focusing on Wojnarowicz’s films. They discuss shooting parts of “A Fire in My Belly” and
other rolls of film in Mexico with Tommy Turner and their experiences traveling seeing Halloween festivities, a circus, graveyards, and
animals. Wojnarowicz describes shooting some of the scenes in his film "Where Evil Dwells" and working with Richard Kern on the film “You
Killed Me First” and the related installation at Ground Zero Gallery. Wojnarowicz discussed his desire to break out of oppressive
systems of authority and the distressing impact of violent images and suffering.