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Book AK—Lives of the Artists

Saturday, June 8, 2013, 10:15–11:30 am

FREE for Members / FREE with Gallery admission for non-members
AK Café

Registrants: Discussion Questions are now available.

The Albright-Knox’s Book AK program is a museum-hosted book club that provides the opportunity to explore the lives of artists and learn more about art- and museum-related topics.

The second Book AK selection is Calvin Tomkins’s Lives of the Artists: Portraits of Ten Artists Whose Work and Lifestyles Embody the Future of Contemporary Art. Tomkins provides an intimate look at the work and lifestyles of ten artists who are leading figures in today’s contemporary art scene. Published in 2008, the book is a collection of in-depth profiles that first appeared over the course of a decade in The New Yorker magazine, for which Tomkins is an author and art critic. Rather than simply focusing on an analysis of each artist’s work, Tomkins provides a vivid account of the life and personality of each artist, which has helped to inform and shape his or her work. Featured artists include Matthew Barney, Maurizio Cattelan, John Currin, Damien Hirst, Jasper Johns, Jeff Koons, Julian Schnabel, Richard Serra, Cindy Sherman, and James Turrell.

After reading the pre-selected book, participants are invited to meet at the museum, where Assistant Curator of Education Jessica DiPalma will lead a group discussion, supplemented by a mini-presentation. A reading guide and/or discussion questions will be posted on this page one month prior to the discussion.
Download Discussion Questions (PDF)

Participation in the discussion is free for Members and free with Gallery admission for non-members. Registration is required and is limited to fifteen individuals. To register, please call Guest Services Manager Janelle Jaeger at 716.270.8296.

PLEASE NOTE: When you participate in a meeting around a particular Book AK selection you are not committing to participate in future meetings. While repeat participants are encouraged, each book selection has its own registration and each is limited to fifteen participants.

The paperback edition Lives of the Artists can be purchased in Shop AK for $12.80, 20% off list price. (Please note that no other discounts, including the traditional 10% Members’ discount, will apply). Participants may also purchase the book on their own.