A Short Life of Trouble: Forty Years in the New York Art World

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University of California Press
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6.32 X 9.2 X 0.82 inches | 1.16 pounds

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About the Author

Marcia Tucker, who died in 2006, was a curator of contemporary art and the founder and director of the New Museum of Contemporary Art in New York City. Liza Lou is an artist.


"Offers some much-needed inspiration [and] ample evidence of Tucker's take-no-prisoners attitude and passion for "difficult" art."--New York Times Book Review (11/28/2008)
"A remarkable piece of writing. . . . [Tucker] has composed a literary monument to her heroic life in art, as moving as it is entertaining."-- (12/01/2008)
"A candid, entertaining, and illuminating account of the 1960s art world. . . . A perfect antidote to this bloated, spectacle-heavy moment."-- (12/01/2008)
Marcia Tucker's courage, conviction and chutzpah are inspiration for those of us who seek to lead meaningful professional lives."--Museum (08/01/2009)
"A vivid, candid, self-critical and moving account of Tucker's life. . . . Novice curators should find it inspiring."-- (06/30/2010)
"An unassuming, humbled, even self-effacing metaphor for the art that is life in the art milieu."--Migill Book Reviews (12/11/2009)
"Tucker's book is conventional, accessible, even chatty. But this modest volume, in concert with the shiny playful building on the Bowery, denotes a remarkable legacy."-- (10/28/2008)
"A good book about a good person."--Art + Auction (10/16/2008)
"A great read [and] a page turner. . . . In less than 200 pages she encapsulates her life, sharing her triumphs and insecurities."-- (10/15/2008)
"A joyful exploration of all things art-related. . . . Tucker's balanced assessment of her work and personal life is commendable."-- (12/01/2008)