Museum of Modern Love by Heather Rose


This is an unusual novel of romantic slippages and the sort of halting, awkward connections that pass for many familial relationships in the twenty-first century. The characters orbit around the peculiar event that was Marina Abramovic's 2010 endurance performance, The Artist is Present. Abramovic's daily practice of doggedly gazing into her audience's eyes becomes a fascination for an art-obsessed widow, procrastinating composer, art students and even a ghost. Heather Rose's unique novel not only imortalises the srange effect Abramovic had on the mood of New York during her performance, but interrogates what art should, can and does do for the lost and lonely.
- Pip