When Marina Abramovic Dies is edited by James Westcott. The main contents of this book: She is the greatest performance artist in the era. She, a cosmopolitan, wanders all over the world, but her root is always in the war-torn country in EuropeThe former Yugoslav. Shrouded in the cruel military management in childhood, she has experienced legendary love and challenged the limits of body and soul; her works are full of madness, pain, fantasy; they are very memorable; Sleeping with skeletons at night, she points a poisoned arrow to her own heart; she, sitting on bloody bones, croons sad songs. She has created the most sensational event in history in the New York Museum of Modern Art; she integrates herself with arts. She is lonely, painful, and freeMarina Abramovic. Starting the performance art practice in the 1970s, she has made a memorable and transcendent performance art with her own body as the material, breaking the boundaries of the visual arts. When Marina Abramovic Dies is divided into three parts: her life experience in Yugoslav, 13 years of working experience with her lover and artist Ouray, her solo after the break-up. This book will present her artistic life vividly and thoroughly.
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James Westcott has written on art, architecture, and politics for numerous publications including the Guardian and the Village Voice, and was editor of artreview.com. He now writes and edits for AMO, the think tank and publishing unit of Rem Koolhaas's Office for Metropolitan Architecture, in Rotterdam.Review:
[This book] is illuminating, well illustrated (100 photographs), and extremely thorough. It is also a great read.(Elizabeth Otto, Women's Art Journal)
Westcott has almost certainly produced what will be considered Abramovic's definitive biography, at least of her first sixty-five years.(Roberta Mock, Cambridge University Press)
I have known and admired Marina for the last thirty years, both as an artist and as a person, and in reading this remarkable book I recognize a clear insight into both aspects of her personality. With great and obvious love tempered by a sense of humor Mr. Westcott looks back over the life of this unique artist, and insightfully traces the way her personal experiences are reflected in her art, and how her ever-growing dedication to her art in return changed her life. This book honors the legendary career of a fierce and fearless performer, and at the same time celebrates the warm, generous human being she is and the many myths and fables that have accumulated around her (not a few the result of her own self-deprecating sense of humor).(Robert Wilson)
Since she conceived of her first performance in 1969, Marina Abramovic; has been a prime mover in the development of what became known as performance art, a source of its invention like none other, a force. What fuels that dynamism and has shaped its uses and defined its far-reaching impact is the subject of James Westcott's portrait of the artist and account of her work. Gaston Bachelard warned against trying to explain a flower by its fertilizer, but absent Westcott's vivid description of Abramovic's extraordinary childhood among the Communist elite of the former Yugoslavia, her challenge to the authority of Eastern Bloc orthodoxies, her departure for Western Europe and her subsequent exploration of cultures from Asia to Australia to the Americas, our grasp of her motives and our appreciation of her audacity would be much less detailed or critically well informed. Exceptionally candid and articulate in conversation -- the artist's voice echoes throughout this book -- and performances, Abramovic; is a public mystery, a contemporary Sphinx. Rather than destroy that mystery, Westcott deepens it. Rather than contain her art, he opens it up.(Robert Storr, Dean, School of Art, Yale University)
This book is a magnificent way to get to know Marina's work. To experience not only the better known iconic/monumental side of it but also unite with this the spiritual and the emotional. An invaluable document in the hard-to-document world of performance art.(Björk)
What an amazing journey. I fell in love with Marina the first time we met, when she was driving around in circles for days in a small car in Paris. I still love her and am inspired by her work. This biography reveals Marina in all of her beautiful contradictions.(Laurie Anderson)
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