Loss Within Loss: Artists in the Age of AIDS

Loss Within Loss: Artists in the Age of AIDS

by Edmund White
     
 

ISBN-10: 0299170705

ISBN-13: 9780299170707

Pub. Date: 02/28/2001

Publisher: University of Wisconsin Press

When an artist dies we face two great losses: the person and the work he did not live to do. Loss within Loss  is a moving collaboration by some of America's most eloquent writers, who supply wry, raging, sorrowful, and buoyant accounts of artist friends and lovers struck down by AIDS. These essayists include Maya Angelou, Alan Gurganus, Brad Gooch,

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When an artist dies we face two great losses: the person and the work he did not live to do. Loss within Loss  is a moving collaboration by some of America's most eloquent writers, who supply wry, raging, sorrowful, and buoyant accounts of artist friends and lovers struck down by AIDS. These essayists include Maya Angelou, Alan Gurganus, Brad Gooch, John Berendt, Craig Lucas, Robert Rosenblum, and eighteen others. Many of the subjects of the essays were already prominent—James Merrill, Paul Monette, David Wojnarowicz—but many others died young, before they were able to fulfil the promise of their lives and art. Loss within Loss spans all of the arts and includes portraits of choreographers, painters, poets, actors, playwrights, sculptors, editors, composers, and architects.

This landmark book is published in association with the Estate Project for Artists with AIDS, a national organization that preserves art works created by artists living with HIV or lost to AIDS. Loss within Loss stands as a powerful reminder of the devastating impact of the AIDS epidemic on the arts community and as the first real survey of that devastation. Though these accounts are often intensely sad, Loss within Loss is an invigorating, sometimes even exuberant, testimony to the sheer joy of being an artist . . . and being alive.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780299170707
Publisher:
University of Wisconsin Press
Publication date:
02/28/2001
Series:
Living out Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
312
Product dimensions:
6.34(w) x 9.28(h) x 0.95(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction: The American Sublime: Living and Dying as an Artist3
Through the Looking Glass13
After Peter20
Howard, Art, and the Seventies37
Where R U, John Crussell? Or, Inventing Humanity, One Play at a Time50
Self-Portrait with Rivals61
Corpses Dancing, Dancing Ghosts88
Who Turned Out the Limelight? The Tragi-Comedy of Mark Morrisroe98
Robert Ferro113
Warren Sonbert131
Prodigal Son147
Chris DeBlasio152
Remembrance of Things Past: Marc Lida's Proust Watercolors168
Trying to Find Words for Things Unspeakable182
Bruce Kelly, Landscape Architect195
Fucked206
Two Deaths, Two Lives213
Scott Burton240
Robert Farber245
Homage to Joe256
The Art of Losing270
James Merrill279
The Estate Project for Artists with AIDS286
Subject Biographies291
Contributor Biographies299

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