David Wojnarowicz Earth 1987

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Artist, writer, and activist Wojnarowicz first gained public attention in the early 1980s on the streets of downtown New York through his handmade posters and graffiti murals. One of four paintings in a series titled The Four Elements, Earth contains natural, mythic, and symbolic references to profit-driven land extraction, such as an excavator truck, coal, and a cowboy on a bull. This imagery is paired with personal and cultural emblems that recur throughout Wojnarowicz’s work: a ribcage, a derailed train, and a Native American icon emerging from roots and rubble.

Gallery label from 2024
Acrylic and cut-and-pasted paper on wood, two panels
72 x 96" (182.9 x 243.8 cm)
Gift of Agnes Gund
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© 2024 Estate of David Wojnarowicz
Painting and Sculpture

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