Book Launch: The Art of the Affair by Catherine Lacey and Forsyth Harmon
Where: powerHouse Arena
28 Adams St.
718-666-3049 Price: Free
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A vibrantly illustrated chain of entanglements (romantic and otherwise) between some of our best-loved writers and artists of the 20th century—fascinating, scandalous, and surprising.
About The Art of the Affair:
Love and friendship are inextricable from creative life. Your favorite songs are probably sung by a scorned or an elated lover. Our favorite novels almost always involve a great romantic story. Walk into any museum, and an artist’s muses are painted on nearly every canvas. Sex, love, even platonic friendship—there’s an affair behind every great work of art.
This is the premise behind THE ART OF THE AFFAIR: An Illustrated History of Love, Sex, and Artistic Influence by Catherine Lacey and Forsyth Harmon.
Catherine Lacey, an award-winning novelist in her own right, found the inspiration for this book by clicking through Wikipedia pages and noticing how connections between 20th century artists formed a fascinating web of scandal, fraught alliances, and surprising friendships. How many people know that Jean Paul Sartre and Miles Davis shared a muse in Juliette Gréco? Or that Keith Haring brought Andy Warhol as his date to Madonna’s wedding to Sean Penn in 1985? Did you know that Salvador Dali is only one degree of separation from Black Sabbath?
Forsyth Harmon, a New York-based artist and writer, added her lush, watercolor portraiture to the mix, and the result is the beautifully illustrated book before you—a book for artists, lovers, and those who love art.Buy tickets/get more info now