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I am listening to this book for the third time, entirely out of my own fascination and enchantment. If there was a Sleeper category for the Audies, this would win hands down.
James Westcott wrote a contemporary fine art biography that broke every rule, starting with the fact that you can’t put it down. — I’m serious, he’s been criticized among the academic crowd for writing an artist biography that is TOO interesting.
I never would’ve guessed that a starkly visual artist’s narrative would make an outstanding audio script, but Westcott intuitively writes for aural transmission— it you never SAW Abramovic in person, you would still experience her, entirely, in this story. And she is a force of nature.
Narrator, Kathleen Gati; I want to kiss her feet. What a talent. She inhabits a host of radical and conservative Serbian characters, the Soviet establishment, and then the entire European and New York art world. Mind-blowing.
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I loved hearing a more detailed backround of this magnificent artist. What a beautiful soul.
Where does When Marina Abramovic Dies rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?
Not my best read yet, but a good choice, no regrets.
What was one of the most memorable moments of When Marina Abramovic Dies?
no stand out periods for me, interesting all the way through.
Have you listened to any of Kathleen Gati’s other performances? How does this one compare?
Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?
i respond positively to the shamanistic aspect of her work, and enjoy what little discussion there was on that. I enjoyed learning about her work ethic. Shes a true professional artist. It would be good to have her as a friend I think. But, no tears, no laughs.
Any additional comments?
Could have had more analysis of her actual work. In recent times shes been involved with celebrities such as Lady GaGa, she enjoys her luxury brands, whose people fall over themselves to dress her etc, shes been accused of insisting on exploitative contracts for her employees/collaborators and has become unpopular with many artists who think that the integrity of her work/her person, has been lost...this is not explored at all.