Lives of the Artists
2013, 272 pp.
Translated from English to Russian by Leonid Motylev.
Calvin Tomkins has been writing on contemporary art for The New Yorker for three decades; he as well is an author of more than ten books. During his long career he has interviewed legendary heroes of 20th century like Marcel Duchamp, Robert Rauschenberg, John Cage, Frank Stella, Christo and Jeanne-Claude, Frank Gehry, and others.
In this book ten major artists – Damian Hirst, Cindy Sherman, Julian Schnabel, Richard Serra, James Turrell, Matthew Barney, Maurizio Cattelan, Jasper Johns, Jeff Koons, and John Currin – are captured in Tomkins’s cool and ironic style to record the new directions art is taking during these days of limitless freedom.