James Westcott, “When Marina Abramović Dies” (Book Review)
When Marina Abramović Dies : A Biography. James Westcott. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press, 2010. 326pp.
James Westcott, an art critic and former assistant to Marina Abramović, released his first book, When Marina Abramović Dies, earlier this year. Subtitled, A Biography, Westcott draws heavily on interviews with the Serbian performance artist and her extensive archives to pen a biography of Abramović, from her childhood to her sixties. The publisher of the book, the MIT press, a prominent publisher of modernist, art-historical literature, very carefully qualified Westcott’s project by labeling it a biography rather than a monograph. Interestingly, … Read more