Artists in Love
From Picasso & Gilot to
Christo & Jeanne-Claude
A Century of Creative and Romantic Partnerships

By Veronica Kavass
224 pages, 10" x 13"
140 Illustrations
Hardcover, $65.00 ($65.00 CAN)
ISBN: 978-1-59962-113-5
On Sale: October 2012


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"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

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 the art world's most provocative romances. From Wassily Kandinsky and Gabriele Munter to Jasper Johns and Robert Rauschenberg, Kavass' intimate and daring text provides a generous glimpse into the inspiring and sometimes tempestuous relationships between celebrated artists throughout the 20th and 21st centuries.

From poetic beginnings to shocking endings (and vice-versa), the various dimensions of the artist couple archetypes are ceaselessly explored. Some yield astonishing parallel bodies of work, as with Barbara Hepworth and Ben Nicholson, others are enduring and collaborative, like Christo and Jeanne-Claude, yet others are adoring but explosive, such as Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera and Lee Miller and Man Ray. Essays revealing what compelled these dynamic artists to partner, how their pairing influenced their work, and why their love may have faltered or endured, are accompanied by lush illustrations of their art and documentary photographs of the couple.

The first major visual book to explore this subject in such epic scope, Artists in Love is a revelatory and riveting journey into the hearts and minds of our greatest artist couples. (CORRECTIONS)

Below: A spread from Artists in Love, featuring Man Ray Observatory Time—the Lovers, 1934