The medium for output morphed frequently with artist and activist David Wojnarowicz. As an artist, he cast powerful messages of action, change and outlying through his photos, paintings, films, performances and more. While his activism (both connected to and extending beyond his art) drew critical awareness to AIDs and HIV. To honor the beloved artist (who passed away in 1992) and to raise money in support of Visual Aids, fashion house LOEWE has released a small series of limited edition art T-shirts.
It’s a well-timed capsule collection, with Pride Month now underway, and the David Wojnarowicz: History Keeps Me Awake at Night retrospective forthcoming at the
Whitney Museum of American Art. But this isn’t just another play at tapping artistry to push apparel; it’s an empowering move for an organization that’s long-supported artists and for those of us who were deeply touched when first discovering Wojnarowicz’s remarkable and diverse work. From “Untitled (One day this kid)” (1990-91) to “Jean Genet Masturbating in Metteray Prison” (1983), the selections are diverse but drive straight into the heart.
The four T-shirt styles can be purchased online for $99 and all proceeds will go to Visual AIDs, an organization that preserves and promotes work by HIV-positive artists. Each design in the range has been limited to 400 pieces.
Images courtesy of LOEWE