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The Art Fair: A Novel (English Edition) von [Lipsky, David]
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A poignant and painfully funny novel about the New York art world by the acclaimed author of Although of Course You End Up Becoming Yourself

For two first-class years, Joan Freeley had it all: the perfect family, the best art dealer in Manhattan, and the admiration of famous friends. Her adoring husband and two handsome sons attended her first gallery show in matching khakis and blue blazers. “An Interesting Talent Makes Its Debut,” declared the New York Times. Then, as if her success were nothing more than a booking error, Joan’s life got downgraded. A brutal divorce led to paintings too bitter to sell and a career stuck firmly in coach.
Unable to see her suffer alone any longer, Joan’s teenage son Richard leaves his father and older brother in Los Angeles and moves in to her one-bedroom apartment in SoHo. At the gallery openings where she used to be a star, Richard discovers just how much his mother’s light has dimmed. She is an artist who is not showing—she might as well be invisible. To acknowledge her is to acknowledge the thin line between success and failure in a world as superficial as it is intoxicating.
Richard immediately devotes himself to returning his mother to her former glory. Everything about him—the clothes he wears, the jokes he makes, the college he attends—is calculated to boost Joan’s reputation. But as the years go by and the galleries keep sending back her slides, Richard has to ask: Who wants Joan Freeley’s resurrection more—him or her? And when will his own life start? 


This novel portrays the elite and fickle world of New York's art scene. A mother's life is shattered when her painting is rejected by the critics and her son starts to realize that he must break the intense bond he and his mother share.


  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • Dateigröße: 766 KB
  • Seitenzahl der Print-Ausgabe: 270 Seiten
  • Verlag: Open Road Media (26. August 2014)
  • Verkauf durch: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Sprache: Englisch
  • ASIN: B00MF0ZX46
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HASH(0x96862888) von 5 Sternen A Great Story About Families 15. November 2002
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A friend handed me this book before I walked on an airplane, and I actually stayed in my seat after the plane landed because I didn't want to stop reading. It's supposed to be about the NYC art world. But it's really about mothers and sons, parents and children, all the goodness and mess of families. It was funny and scary and had the feeling of something that actually happened. It's the best first novel I've read in a long time. I kept marking parts I wanted to read parts of to friends and my own mom. It reminded me of About A Boy and Bridget Jones's Diary. It's the kind of book where you say, "See? I wasn't the only one who felt that stuff."
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HASH(0x96862bc4) von 5 Sternen A different sort of modern family and the art world 5. Mai 1998
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This novel is about a different sort of modern family. Richard and his mother are one half of their former family of four. Dad and Richard's older brother move to California, and out of Richard's life. Richard, in somewhat of a reversal of usual parent-child relations, attempts to shepherd (and shield) his mother through the ruthless New York art scene. In the process, Richard seems to lose his youth, and finds himself a college graduate standing up a wonderful girlfriend so that he may again be his mother's protector. As it turns out, mom neither needs nor wants "parenting" by her son; she needs, however, a confidante and friend as she struggles in the art world (which, it appears, is just as mercenary and cold as any corporate culture). Richard simply needs to het on with his life, but confuses his fear of doing so with his mistaken beliefs that his mother still "needs" him. Lipsky captures the language and nuance of the relationships in the book perfectly. Each character, and each scene, reads absolutely true to life. I have a clear visual image of the individuals in this novel, and the scens in which they are placed (Lipsky is less interested in describing the works of the various artists). The ending, also, is deeply satisfying.
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HASH(0x96862d14) von 5 Sternen A small gem 19. Oktober 1998
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The Art Fair by David Lipsky is a small gem about mother/son devotion. Lipsky's narrator Richard is the son of a one-time art sensation, Joan Freely, who, because of a nasty divorce, can no longer paint her formally bright style. Young Richard eventually comes to live with her and takes it upon himself to help re-establish his dethroned mother in the socially complicated art world. In his mother's world of betrayal and jealousy, Richard tries to remain steadfastly loyal to her and her dreams, often at the expense of his personal life. Although Lipsky could have used a more visual style to complement the subject matter, this book is full of wonderful, honest moments. Readers interested in the art world, the effects of divorce on children, and the relationships between mothers and sons should read this novel. It's a shame this book now seems to be out-of-print.
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HASH(0x968630e4) von 5 Sternen And good old Mom for allowing it all to happen 7. Oktober 2015
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Am I the only one creeped out by this Oedipal-ish, almost incestuous-ish relationship??? Richard has HUGE boundary issues and Mom is an enabler. They both sickened me. Richard for controlling his mother to the point of advising her on who to talk with at art shows, to drooling over certain outfits Mom wore (wtf) and having sexual fantasies about her (seriously: wtf). And good old Mom for allowing it all to happen.
Lipsky is a very good writer though. His prose kept me reading to the end about this grossly dysfunctional half family. ugh
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HASH(0x96863024) von 5 Sternen Beautiful, Faultless Negotiation of a Minefield of a Subject 27. Januar 1997
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To my recollection, there is only one literary novel scenario that has generated more examples of writers failing miserably than that of the urban hipster scene, and that is the concept of the mother/son relationship. Lipsky not only doesn't screw up either but also brilliantly juxtaposes the both. The story isn't really jampacked with event- Richard floats from father's home to mother's home, from art show to art show, from love to somewhere around the perimeter- but, it is packed with emotion and brilliantly nuanced prose, its wisdom dawning slowly but surely, for this is the way it occurs for our narrator as well. My own read on what that wisdom is exactly: that the ties between art and fame and celebrity and respect are strikingly similar to the ties that exist between the love and sense of respect and sense of duty that exist between parent and child. The reader shares Richard's own startled sense of wonder, at how these ties- ever tightening to the point of almost fraying at times, resembling more of a noose than a bond at other times- can still somehow survive. Remarkably poignant, without ever becoming the least bit schlocky. If you still think your mom is the coolest despite her weirdness, then by all means, read this
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