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The Art of Love: The Romantic and Explosive Stories Behind Art’s Greatest Couples

The Art of Love tells the stories of the most fascinating couples of the art world, exploring the passionate, challenging and loving relationships behind some of the world’s greatest works of art.

From Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera to Joseph Cornell and Yayoi Kusama, Josef and Anni Albers to Gilbert & George – Kate Bryan delves into the formation, and sometimes breakdown, of each romance, documenting their highs and lows and revealing just how powerful love can be in the creative process.

Whether long-lasting, peaceful collaborations, or short-lived tumultuous affairs, The Art of Love opens the door on some of the greatest love stories of the twentieth century.

The relationships:

Francoise Gilot & Pablo Picasso; Frida Kahlo & Diego Rivera; Carl Andre & Ana Mendieta; Christo & Jeanne-Claude; Robert Delaunay & Sonia Delaunay; Lee Krasner & Jackson Pollock; Barbara Hepworth & Ben Nicholson; Georgia O’Keeffe & Alfred Stieglitz; Lee Miller & Man Ray; Max Ernst & Dorothea Tanning; Jasper Johns & Robert Rauschenberg; Elaine de Kooning & William de Kooning; Maria Martins & Marcel Duchamp; Hans Arp & Sophie Taeuber-Arp; Raoul Hausmann & Hannah Hoch; Josef Albers & Anni Albers; Gwendolyn Knight & Jacob Lawrence; Kay Sage & Yves Tanguy; Nancy Holt & Robert Smithson; Marina Abramovic & Ulay; Gilbert & George; Joseph Cornell & Yayoi Kusama; Carroll Dunham & Laurie Simmons; Camille Claudel & Auguste Rodin; Maud Hunt Squire & Ethel Mars; Frances Loring & Florence Wyle; Alexander Rodchenko & Varvara Stepanova; Niki de Saint Phalle & Jean Tinguely; Leon Golub & Nancy Spero; Lili Elbe & Gerda Wegener; Bernd Becher & Hilla Becher; Emilia Kabakov & Ilya Kabakov; Tim Noble & Sue Webster; Idris Khan & Annie Morris

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Anonymous says:

The Art of Love is an interesting look at how artistic endeavor and relations affect and define creative work. Author Kate Bryan uses short biographic backgrounds to give a glimpse into how (or if) the artists’ art and lives intersected one another.Due out 2nd July 2019 from Quarto on their White Lion imprint, it’s 184 pages and will be available in ebook and hardcover formats. The ebook version is available now. It’s unclear from the publishing info, but the eARC I received for…

Anonymous says:

The Art of Love by Kate Bryan is a free NetGalley ebook that I read in early July.34 mixed and same sex couples between artists, their muses, partners and/or artists in their own right who find love and intimacy with someone like or unlike them, fame in art leading to rivalry, many dalliances and progeny, and working together or apart in a way that can complement or delineate. There are line drawings made from photographs, really big font, and biographies of relationships told in…

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