In 1998, New York’s New Museum of Contemporary Art mounted the first posthumous retrospective of David Wojnarowicz’s work, Fever: The Art of David Wojnarowicz.
In the exhibition catalog, Marcia Tucker, then director of the New Museum, explains, “[Wojnarowicz’s] bracing sense of humor and characteristic empathy, combined with an outrageously outspoken manner, made him an influential, intimidating, yet respected figure whose contribution is deeply inscribed on the landscape of contemporary American art.”
In the essay Passion in the Wilderness, curator Dan Cameron describes the exhibition’s broad effort to come to terms with the interdisciplinary core of [David’s] creativity. Cameron writes, “This emphasis is crucial because it paves the way to understanding Wojnarowicz as an artist whose work, in its fervent embrace of different media and formal languages, was considerably ahead of its time.”
The catalog also includes the essays “Reinventing the Pre-invented World,” by art historian Mysoon Rizk; “Portrait in Twenty-three Rounds,” by biographer C. (Cynthia) Carr; and “Angel With a Gun: David Wojnarowicz, 1954-1992,” by art critic John Carlin. The catalog was edited by Amy Scholder and published by Rizzoli and the New Museum of Contemporary Art in 1998.
Additional resources re: Dan Cameron, ed., Fever: The Art of David Wojnarowicz. New York: The New Museum of Contemporary Art,1998.