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A mesmerising literary story 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, Marina Abramovic's The Artist Is Present

She watched as the final hours of The Artist Is Present passed by, sitter after sitter in a gaze with the woman across the table. Jane felt she had witnessed a thing of inexplicable beauty among humans who had been drawn to this art and had found the reflection of a great mystery. What are we? How should we live? 

If this was a dream, then he wanted to know when it would end. Maybe it would end if he went to see Lydia. But it was the one thing he was not allowed to do. 

Arky Swann is a film composer in New York separated from his wife, who has asked him to keep one devastating promise. One day he finds his way to The Atrium at MOMA and sees Marina Abramovic in The Artist is Present. The performance continues for 75 days and as it unfolds, so does Arky. As he watches and meets other people drawn to the exhibit, he slowly starts to understand what might be missing in his life and what he must do. 

This dazzlingly original novel asks beguiling questions about the nature of art, life and love and finds a way to answer them. 

©2017 Heather Rose (P)2018 Bolinda Publishing Pty Ltd

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  • Tracey
  • 04-25-18

I loved this book!

I enjoyed the many stories and interesting characters and I particularly loved the art references, the way art was explained and music described.
It makes me want to find out more about the real people mentioned.
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  • Ananth
  • 04-16-18

beautiful moments here and there

The idea and enigmatic power of Abramovic is a great basis for a book. The performance art piece, 'The Artist is Present' was beautifully renders by Rose, the surrounding chattels and padding I thought dulled the concept. The characters were thin, preening and self absorbed asides from Jane Miller. For me, MML devolved into hagiography and at times insufferable sighing about art. This book is *about* art, but sadly fails to be a work of art itself. Lots of others have read it and loved it. I found it ride with affectation.