About The Author

Olivia Laing is a writer and critic. Her first book, To the River, was published by Canongate in the U.K. to wide acclaim and shortlisted for the Ondaatje Prize and the Dolman Travel Book of the Year. She has been the deputy books editor of the Observer, and writes for The Guardian, New Statesman, and The Times Literary Supplement, among other publications. She is a MacDowell Fellow, and has received grants from the Arts Council and the Authors' Foundation. Her critically acclaimed book The Trip to Echo Spring: On Writers and Drinking, is published by Picador. She lives in Cambridge, England.

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    The Lonely City: Adventures in the Art of Being Alone The lonely city of the title is teeming with painters, filmmakers, writers, and thinkers. In her new book, Laing (The Trip to Echo Spring) creates a “map of loneliness,” tracking its often-paradoxical contours in her own life as a transplant to New York City and traces how loneliness can inspire creativity. The central figures of the book—Henry Darger, Edward Hopper, Andy Warhol, and David
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    THE LONELY CITY: Adventures in the Art of Being Alone A British journalist and cultural critic investigates how loneliness shapes art. When she first came to Manhattan, in her 30s, Laing (The Trip to Echo Spring: On Writers and Drinking, 2013, etc
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    The Year of the Runaways Finally, America gets to meet Sahota, one of Granta’s Best Young British Novelists in 2013, recently short-listed for the 2015 Man Booker Prize. His new novel is especially relevant, as it concerns
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    The Lonely City: Adventures in the Art of Being Alone Laing opened her book career in 2014 with The Trip to Echo Spring: On Writers and Drinking, which was short-listed for the Ondaatje Prize and won front-page coverage in the New York Times Book Review
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  • To The River: A Journey Beneath the Surface

    To The River: A Journey Beneath the Surface
    To the River is the story of the Ouse the Sussex river in which Virginia Woolf drowned in 1941 One idyllic midsummer week over sixty years later Olivia Laing walked Woolf s river from source to sea The result is a passionate investigation into how history resides in a landscape and how ghosts never quite leave the places they love

  • Leo and His Circle

    Leo and His Circle
    Leo Castelli reigned for decades as America s most influential art dealer Now Annie Cohen Solal author of the hugely acclaimed Sartre A Life an intimate portrait of the man that possesses all the detail and resonance of fiction Michiko Kakutani The New York Times recounts his incalculably influential and astonishing life in Leo and His Circle After emigrating to New York in 1941 Castelli would not open a gallery for sixteen years when he had reached the age of fifty But as the first to exhibit the then unknown Jasper Johns Castelli emerged as a tastemaker overnight and fast came to champion a virtual Who s Who of twentieth century masters Rauschenberg Lichtenstein Warhol and Twombly to name a few The secret of Leo s success Personal devotion to the artists his heroes by putting young talents on stipend and seeking placement in the ideal collection rather than with the top bidder he transformed the way business was done multiplying the capital both cultural and financial of those he represented His enterprise which by 1980 had expanded to an impressive network of satellite galleries in Europe and three locations in New York thus became the unrivaled commercial institution in American art producing a generation of acolytes among them Mary Boone Jeffrey Deitch Larry Gagosian and Tony Shafrazi Leo and His Circle brilliantly narrates the course of one man s power and influence But Castelli had another secret too his life as an Italian Jew Annie Cohen Solal traces a family whose fortunes rose and fell for centuries before the Castellis fled European fascism Never hidden but also never discussed this experience would form the core of a guarded but magnetic character possessed of unfailing old world charm and a refusal to look backward traits that ensured Castelli s visionary precedence in every major new movement from Pop to Conceptual and by which he fostered the worldwide enthusiasm for American contemporary art that is his greatest legacy Drawing on her friendship with the subject as well as an uncanny knack for archival excavation Annie Cohen Solal gives us in full the elegant shrewd irresistible and enigmatic figure at the very center of postwar American art bringing an utterly new understanding of its evolution From the Hardcover edition

  • Painting Below Zero

    Painting Below Zero
    From James Rosenquist one of our most iconic pop artists along with Andy Warhol Jim Dine Claes Oldenburg and Roy Lichtenstein comes this candid and fascinating memoir Unlike these artists Rosenquist often works in three dimensional forms with highly dramatic shifts in scale and a far more complex palette including grisaille and Day Glo colors A skilled traditional painter he avoided the stencils and silk screens of Warhol and Lichtenstein His vast canvases full of brilliant surreally juxtaposed images would influence both many of his contemporaries and younger generations as well as revolutionize twentieth century painting Ronsequist writes about growing up in a tight knit community of Scandinavian farmers in North Dakota and Minnesota in the late 1930s and early 1940s about his mother who was not only an amateur painter but along with his father a passionate aviator and about leaving that flat midwestern landscape in 1955 for New York where he had won a scholarship to the Art Students League George Grosz Edwin Dickinson and Robert Beverly Hale were among his teachers but his early life was a struggle until he discovered sign painting He describes days suspended on scaffolding high over Broadway painting movie or theater billboards and nights at the Cedar Tavern with Willem de Kooning Franz Kline and the poet LeRoi Jones His first major studio on Coenties Slip was in the thick of the new art world Among his neighbors were Ellsworth Kelly Robert Indiana Agnes Martin and Jack Youngerman and his mentors Robert Rauschenberg and Jasper Johns Rosenquist writes about his shows with the dealers Richard Bellamy Ileana Sonnabend and Leo Castelli and about colorful collectors like Robert and Ethel Scull We learn about the 1971 car crash that left his wife and son in a coma and his own life and work in shambles his lobbying along with Rauschenberg for artists rights in Washington D C and how he got his work back on track With his distinct voice Roseqnuist writes about the ideas behind some of his major paintings from the startling revelation that led to his first pop painting Zone to his masterpiece F III a stunning critique of war and consumerism to the cosmic reverie of Star Thief This is James Rosenquist s story in his own words captivating and unexpected a unique look inside the contemporary art world in the company of one of its most important painters From the Hardcover edition

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    Andy Warhol and the Can that Sold the World
    In the summer of 1962 Andy Warhol unveiled 32 Soup Cans in his first solo exhibition at the Ferus Gallery in Los Angeles and sent the art world reeling The responses ran from incredulity to outrage the poet Taylor Mead described the exhibition as a brilliant slap in the face to America The exhibition put Warhol on the map and transformed American culture forever Almost single handedly Warhol collapsed the centuries old distinction between high and low culture and created a new and radically modern aesthetic In Andy Warhol and the Can that Sold the World the dazzlingly versatile critic Gary Indiana tells the story of the genesis and impact of this iconic work of art With energy wit and tremendous perspicacity Indiana recovers the exhilaration and controversy of the Pop Art Revolution and the brilliant tormented and profoundly narcissistic figure at its vanguard