Celebrate the launch of Olivia Laing’s Funny Weather: Art in an Emergency, a beautiful collection of essays that brings together Laing’s writing about art and culture, examining its role in our political and emotional lives. Laing discussed the new book and the importance of art during difficult times with our executive director Noreen Tomassi.
Funny Weather: Art in an Emergency
By Olivia Laing
Published by WW Norton
In this remarkable, inspiring collection of essays, acclaimed writer and critic Olivia Laing makes a brilliant case for why art matters, especially in the turbulent political weather of the twenty first century. She profiles Jean-Michel Basquiat and Georgia O’Keefe, interviews Hilary Mantel and Ali Smith, writes love letters to David Bowie and Freddie Mercury, and 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.