Marina Abramovic's The Artist is Present is a mesmerizing literary novel about a lost man in search of connection - a meditation on love, art and commitment, set against the backdrop of one of the greatest art events in modern history.
'This is a bizarrely beautiful book.' Founder and curator David Walsh, MONA
'Life beats and the soul crushes, and art reminds you that you have one.'
'Art is going to wake you up. The art is going to break your heart. The days will be glorious. If you want eternity, then you have to be fearless.'
She watched The Artist is Present's final hours passing by, sitter after sitter, in a gaze across the table with the woman. Jane felt that she had witnessed an inexplicable thing of beauty among human beings who had been drawn to this art and found the reflection of a great mystery. What are we, then? How should we make a living?
If it was a dream, then he wanted to know when it was going to end. It may end if he went to see Lydia. But the one thing that he was not allowed to do was that.
Arky Levin is a New York film composer separated from his wife, who asked him to keep one devastating promise. He finds his way to MOMA's The Atrium one day, and sees Marina Abramovic in The Artist is Present. The performance continues for 75 days, and Arky, as it unfolds. As he watches and meets other people who are drawn to the exhibit, he begins to understand slowly what might be missing in his life and what he has to do.
This stunningly original novel questions the nature of art, life and love and finds a way to answer them.... Read More