Wednesday, May 29, 7pm
Mad Art Gallery, 2727 S. 12th St.
Left Bank Books and the Mildred Lane Kemper Art Museum welcome French novelist Catherine Cusset, who will sign and discuss her new novel, Life of David Hockney!
Born in 1937 in a small town in the north of England, David Hockney had to fight to become an artist. After leaving his home in Bradford for the Royal College of Art in London, his career flourished, but he continued to struggle with a sense of not belonging, because of his homosexuality, which had yet to be decriminalized, and his inclination for a figurative style of art not sufficiently “contemporary” to be valued. Trips to New York and California—where he would live for many years and paint his iconic swimming pools—introduced him to new scenes and new loves, beginning a journey that would take him through the fraught years of the AIDS epidemic. With clear, vivid prose, this meticulously researched novel draws an intimate, moving portrait of the most famous living English painter.
“At the heart of this exercise in admiration, David Hockney is not only the artist who loves swimming pools, beautiful boys, trees, and the English countryside. He also appears as a fragile hero.” —L’Obs
This event is free and open to the public, but proof of purchase of Life of David Hockney from Left Bank Books will be required to enter the signing line. Click here to pre-order your copy!
Parking: Lot one block north; street parking (meters free after 7pm). For directions and public transportation information, click here.