WEEKEND RECOMMENDATION: Funny Weather: Art in an Emergency

05/22/2020 - 2:48pm

FUNNY WEATHER by Olivia Laing

Published by W.W. Norton

“ I was thinking about the theme of art in an emergency in the columns, and then it struck me that it ran through many of the essays I’d written in the last decade. It felt like it was a frightening time – though not as frightening as now – and I wanted to put together stories of art as a source of power, resistance, inspiration, waywardness, as a kind of antidote to anxiety and despair. I’d just published Crudo, which felt like a portrait of terror and instability, and I wanted to put together something that felt more sustaining, too...”- Olivia Laing

Examining the role of art and culture as it impacts our political landscape as well our daily lives, this new publication collects a career's worth of Olivia Laing's writing that"celebrates art as a force of resistance and repair, an antidote to a frightening political time." With profiles on Jean-Michel Basquiat, Georgia O’Keefe, David Wojnarowicz, Hilary Mantel,Ali Smith, David Bowie and Freddie Mercury, Laing explores "loneliness and technology, women and alcohol, sex and the body. With characteristic originality and compassion, she celebrates art as a force of resistance and repair, an antidote to a frightening political time." 

Out now! 

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