Writing in his autobiography in 1991, shortly before his death from AIDS-related complications, David Wojnarowicz wrote of his life: “My queerness was a wedge that was slowly separating me from a sick society.” This remarkable inversion of sickness and health, between different bodies that are marked as ‘other’ and the society that enforces this markation, is an apt reflection of Wojnarowicz’ similarly groundbreaking contribution to queer culture. The American artist, poet, and photographer shaped two decades of American queer culture with his captivating photographs, paintings, and stories; he formed important alliances and friendships with a community of artists in and around the East Village scene, including Peter Hujar (his one-time lover), Nan Goldin, and Kiki Smith; and was one of the most adamant voices in the fight against AIDS in the late 1980s and early 1990s. Known to many primarily for his iconic album cover for U2’s One, all of Wojnarowicz’ work was a emotional and deeply resonating critique of American identity, politics, and culture. In LOEWE‘s most recent initiative, creative director Jonathan Anderson visits the artist’s archive to release a capsule collection of t-shirts honoring his seminal legacy while supporting the continued fight against the illness.
Coinciding with the exhibition of his work at the Loewe Foundation in Madrid, the collection, made with the sipport of the Visual AIDS Foundation as well as the P.P.O.W Gallery, which represents the artist’s estate, will present four of Wojnarowicz’ seminal works on high-grade cotton crewneck t-shirts. The totality of sales proceeds from the project will be donated to Visual AIDS, who since 1988 have helped to preserve and promote the work of H.I.V.-positive artists, raising AIDS awareness, and creating a dialogue through visual art exhibitions and publications.
The T-shirts, produced in a limited run of under 400 per design, will be available at loewe.com and Visual AIDS online, Dover Street Market (London and Tokyo), and at Printed Matter and the P.P.O.W. Gallery in New York, as well as a number of LOEWE selected stores for 79€/$99.