Laurie Anderson, All the Things I Lost in the Flood
by Laurie Anderson
- Paperback: 320 pages
- Publisher: Rizzoli Electa (Feb. 6 2018)
- Language: English
American performance artist Laurie Anderson introduces her career-survey publication with a recounting of the events of Hurricane Sandy that hit the East coast in 2012. Upon realizing that the hurricane had flooded her basement and destroyed the documentation of a life’s worth of art creation, she was left with nothing but a list of the things lost. This list she tells, was …”just as good as the real things, maybe better.”
This event is the premise for an in-depth retelling of her major projects, her motivations for creation, and some personal stories behind how she arrived at her art making decisions. Spanning decades of work, including performances from the 1970’s, to life as a touring artist, and her fascinating stint as the first- and last- artist in residence at NASA.
As a survey of an artist’s body of work, this book holds up with great photography, texts, and side-bars to draw the reader in. Importantly for the non-artist, Laurie’s voice in the text is straightforward and approachable- devoid of jargon and art-speak. While I suspect this book will be of greater interest to the Laurie Anderson fans already familiar with her work, for those who find interpreting performance art can be somewhat daunting, this book is an easy way to learn about the genre.
posted April 17 2018 by Peter D Harris