New York Book Launch: Romaine Brooks: A Life
Book Launch: Romaine Brooks: A Life
by Cassandra Langer
Panel: Jim Saslow, Cassandra Langer and Suzanne Strohe
November 12, 6-8 pm
at Leslie-Lohman Museum of Gay and Lesbian Art, 26 Wooster Street, New York, NY 10013, USA
The artistic achievements of Romaine Brooks (1874-1970), both as a major expatriate American painter and as a formative innovator in the decorative arts, have long been overshadowed by her fifty-year relationship with writer Natalie Barney and a reputation as a fiercely independent, aloof heiress who associated with fascists in the 1930s. In Romaine Brooks: A Life, art historian Cassandra Langer provides a richer, deeper portrait of Brooks’s aesthetics and experimentation as an artist-and of her entire life, from her chaotic, traumatic childhood to the enigmatic decades after World War II, when she produced very little art.