Ron Brownson: the photography of David Wojnarowicz and John Coplans


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American painter, photographer, writer, filmmaker, performance artist, and AIDS activist David Wojnarowicz was one of the most significant figures in the New York art scene on the 1970s and 1980s before succumbing to AIDS in 1992.

John Coplans is known for his series of black and white self-portraits which are a frank study of the naked, aging body. Coplan said of these photographs 'I’m using my body and saying, even though it's a seventy-year-old body, I can make it interesting. This keeps me alive and gives me vitality. It's a kind of process of energising myself by my belief that the classical tradition of art that we’ve inherited from the Greeks is a load of bullshit.'

Join Senior Curator Ron Brownson for talk on the work of The Body Laid Bare artists David Wojnarowicz and John Coplans.

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