In "Artists in Love" Veronica Kavass Explores a Century of Creative and Romantic Partnerships, From Picasso and Gilot to Christo and Jeanne-Claude

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In "Artists in Love," curator and writer Veronica Kavass delves into the passionate and creative underpinnings of some of the art world’s most provocative relationships. Among them are Robert and Sonia Delaunay, Charles and Ray Eames, Bernd and Hilla Becher, Marina Abramovic and Ulay, Elaine and Willem de Kooning, and Lee Krasner and Jackson Pollock.

The cover from Artists in Love, a revealing new book about the most passionate artist love affairs in contemporary art.

Artists in Love by Veronica Kavass (Welcome Books, October 2012)

Artists in Love is a transfixing account of the way that artist lovers create their worlds of work and love. — Laurie Anderson, composer, musician & performance artist

“Being in love and making art are both creative acts that require ingenuity, the ability to capitalize on failures, sense of humor and all sorts of other things. 'Artists in Love' is a transfixing account of the way that artist lovers create their worlds of work and love.” – Laurie Anderson, composer, musician & performance artist

The first major art book to explore this subject in such epic scope, "Artists in Love" is a revelatory and riveting journey.

For centuries, great artists have been drawn together in friendship and in love. In "Artists in Love," curator and writer Veronica Kavass delves into the passionate and creative underpinnings of some of the art world’s most provocative relationships. From Picasso & Gilot to Johns & Rauschenberg, her intimate and compelling text provides a generous glimpse into the inspiring and sometimes tempestuous romances between celebrated artists throughout the 20th and early 21st centuries.

“This book shows a different level of conversation lovers can have with one another and the world—through their art.” – Veronica Kavass, Author

From poetic beginnings to shocking endings (and vice-versa), some partnerships are enduring and collaborative, yielding astonishing parallel bodies of work, as with Ben Nicholson & Barbara Hepworth or Josef & Anni Albers. Others are solid artistic collaborations, like Christo & Jeanne-Claude or Claes Oldenburg & Coosje van Bruggen. Others are adoring but more emotionally turbulent and charged, such as Frida Kahlo & Diego Rivera and Lee Miller & Man Ray.

Essays revealing what caused these dynamic artists to partner, how their pairing influenced their work, and why their love may have endured or floundered are accompanied by 140 lush illustrations of their art and documentary photographs of the couples by Irving Penn, Robert Capa and others.

Included among the couples profiled in "Artists in Love" are Robert and Sonia Delaunay, Charles and Ray Eames, Bernd and Hilla Becher, Marina Abramovic and Ulay and Elaine and Willem de Kooning.

For more information about "Artists in Love," go to the book's webpage on welcomebooks.com. Once on the website, preview sample pages from the book by clicking on the Look Inside link.
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About the author: Veronica Kavass's professional experience in the art world ranges from curating exhibitions in numerous galleries in London and New York and museums such as the Cheekwood in Nashville; to working internationally with the Tate Britain and 52nd Venice Biennale; to running an artist's residency in the Hudson River Valley, NY; to creating libraries for art advisors and collectors; to writing about artists and art happenings throughout the world, and reviewing major exhibitions for various publications, such as Kiki Smith at SFMOMA. She holds a master's in curatorial practice and critical writing from Chelsea College of Art in London, and has trained as an oral historian through her work with StoryCorps. Her first book, "The Last Good War: The Faces and Voices of WWII," was a powerful chronicle of American veterans' experiences during the war, and was a recipient of ForeWord Review's Non-Fiction Book of the Year Award. She currently lives between New York City and Nashville where she curates frequently, and writes about art for the newspaper The Nashville Scene.
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About the publisher: Welcome Books is a New York-based publisher of distinctive, exquisitely crafted visual books on a variety of subjects including art, photography, fashion, nature, travel, history, design, religion, sports, parenting, and food. Distributed by Random House.
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Artists in Love
From Picasso & Gilot to
Christo & Jeanne-Claude
A Century of Creative and Romantic Partnerships
By Veronica Kavass
232 pages, 10" x 13"
Hardcover, $65.00 ($65.00 CAN)
ISBN: 978-1-59962-113-5
On Sale: October 2012

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