Funny Weather : Art in an Emergency-9781529027655

Funny Weather : Art in an Emergency by Laing, Olivia

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Author: Laing, Olivia

The arts: general issues

Published on 29 April 2021 by PAN MACMILLAN (Picador) in the United Kingdom.

Paperback | 368 pages
130 x 196 x 28 | 258g

In this 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.

'Never has a publication been more timely' - Dazed'A brave writer whose books open up fundamental questions about life and art' - TelegraphFunny Weather brings together a career's worth of Laing's writing about art and culture, examining their roles in our political and emotional lives. She profiles Jean-Michel Basquiat and Georgia O'Keeffe, 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.

We're often told art can't change anything. In Funny Weather, Laing argues that it can. It changes how we see the world, it exposes inequality, and it offers fertile new ways of living.