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AN ARTIST'S LIFE BY ELEANORA ANTINOVA. Eleanor Antin. Hirmer Verlag, Munich, 2016. Distributed in the U.S.A. by University of Chicago Press. 216 pp. with 50 ills. (24 col.). 25 x 18 cm. ISBN 9783777425382 In English.
Publisher's description: Eleanora Antinova is the fictional alter ego of influential American performance artist, filmmaker, and installation artist Eleanor Antin. A black ballerina, Antinova is said to have danced with Sergei Diaghilev's legendary Ballet Russes, but, despite her talent, she was never given her full due within an art form where the best roles were written for white bodies, where the premium was on youth, and where classicism continued to hold cultural authority over more modernist modes of art. Ultimately, because of these cruel realities, Antinova was forgotten. But the story of her tragic role as an outsider formed the basis for Antin's art for nearly two decades, during which she embodied the part of the tragically overlooked ballerina, depicting her plight in a series of scripted and nonscripted works. With An Artist's Life, Antin combines for the first time her fictional memoir of Antinova's life with her own recollections of the time spent from the 1970s to the '90s in the role of her most famous character.
Artist(s):Antin, Eleanor
Indexing: Western — United States — Post-1970 — Video/Film/Performance — Women Artists
Plans: 71
Worldwide Number: 171045
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