New York: Crown Archetype, 2016. 1st Edition. Octavo, publisher's gray paper-covered boards, spine stamped in gray, red endpapers, original photo-illustrated dust jacket.
"If you experiment, you have to fail. By definition, experimenting means going to territory where you've never been, where failure is very possible." Inscribed first edition memoir by Marina Abramovi , the "grandmother of performance art." Although Abramovi 's work is often intensely personal, never before has she been as candid about her life and background than in this revelatory memoir. Beginning with her struggles growing up as a child of cold and at times abusive parents in postwar Yugoslavia, Abramovi goes on to vividly share her personal and professional struggles spanning the course of her five-decade career. While intimately detailed and at times moving, the narrative remains unsentimental, often colored by Abramovi 's dry, Balkan sense of humor. With her long-standing success, celebrity ties, and perennially provocative work, Abramovi is undoubtedly the most famous performance artist living today (arguably, ever), and this volume stands as an extraordinary piece of her life's work. Illustrated throughout with color and black-and-white photos. Abramovi has inscribed the dedication page in marker, extending the printed dedication – "I am dedicating this book to FRIENDS and ENEMIES" – as follows, "and J.D and Walter with love Marina Abramovi ." First printing, with complete number row to copyright page. Some rubbing to spine-ends; unclipped dust jacket with creasing to spine-ends, small closed tear to top edge of upper panel, and patch of dampstaining to verso. Very good. Item #1835