July 20, 2020

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Jose Fresan

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David Wojnarowicz: Arthur Rimbaud in New York

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© The Estate of David Wojnarowicz Without a doubt, no other angsty rebellious teenager has inspired more artists like Arthur Rimbaud. His passion-driven poetry and existentialist reflections, along with his intense romantic relationship with poet Paul Verlaine, has made Arthur Rimbaud one of the most symbolic figures in poetry and …

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© The Estate of David Wojnarowicz

Without a doubt, no other angsty rebellious teenager has inspired more artists like Arthur Rimbaud. His passion-driven poetry and existentialist reflections, along with his intense romantic relationship with poet Paul Verlaine, has made Arthur Rimbaud one of the most symbolic figures in poetry and art. The list of artists that have referenced or been inspired by Rimbaud is never-ending.

Almost 80 years after Rimbaud’s death another rebellious figure captured Rimbaud’s attitude in a series of photographs. David Wojnarowicz is one of the top representatives of the 80s art scene in New York. David saw a parallel between Rimbaud’s life and his: a troubled childhood, their constant search for freedom, and the desire to live far away from the bourgeois environment. So David created a mask with Rimabud’s face (one of the only portraits of him) and photographed friends wearing it around New York. The collection represents the emergence of identity politics and queer visibility in contemporary art, and the debates surrounding the public sphere as a space for individual non-conformity that were to shape the 1980s.

Take a look at David’s Arthur Rimbaud in New York below

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© The Estate of David Wojnarowicz
new york branding sports graphic design company
© The Estate of David Wojnarowicz
new york branding sports graphic design company
© The Estate of David Wojnarowicz
new york branding sports graphic design company
© The Estate of David Wojnarowicz
new york branding sports graphic design company
© The Estate of David Wojnarowicz
new york branding sports graphic design company
© The Estate of David Wojnarowicz
new york branding sports graphic design company
© The Estate of David Wojnarowicz