Enhanced with some 400 color drawings and photographs, this comprehensive and lavishly illustrated book is an intimate portrait of the avant-garde visionary, artist and stage designer/director Robert Wilson. Documentary filmmaker and writer Katharina Otto-Bernstein was granted unprecedented access to the influential and controversial creator.Otto-Bernstein traces Wilson's career from his Texas childhood to his present-day studio, the Watermill Center, on Long Island, Wilson'?s famous Think Tank. She examines the artist'?s creative process and unconventional techniques, reveals how he chooses his collaborators and documents their often-turbulent relationships. Additional interviews with Wilson's family members, friends and colleagues, including Philip Glass, David Byrne, Jessye Norman, Susan Sontag, John Rockwell and Joseph Volpe, round out this refreshingly honest and insightful look at an important artist and his work. Absolute Wilson is a definitively informed and informative, 288-page introduction to one of the most influential and talented men working in the arts today. Published by Prestel Books
No Better Friend offers a unique collection of intimate essays by celebrities about the dogs that have touched their lives, giving us the inside scoop on the bond between owner and dog, defined not by status or popularity but founded instead on what truly matters: loyalty and love. These sometimes poignant, often touching, always personal stories show a hidden side of celebrities we know only through screen, stage, and the media. Readers will find joy, laughter, sadness, and a deeper connection to their favorite icons.Each moving essay includes a photo of the contributor and his or her beloved canine. Dog lovers everywhere will cherish these remarkable tales of celebrities and their four-legged soulmates.Contributors include Katharina Otto-Bernstein, Arlene Dahl, Massimo Ferragamo, Andrzej Krakowski, Patti LuPone, Steve Martin, Natalie Portman, Mark Ruffalo, Elaine Stritch and others.
Published to coincide with the 20th Anniversary of the Watermill Center and Robert Wilson's 70th birthday, the book is a compendium of essays written by Wilson's collaborators and illustrated with more than 450 images.Contributors include filmmaker and author Katharina Otto-Bernstein, opera singer Jessye Norman, playwright Daryl Pickney, performance artist Marina Abramovic, painter Jonathan Meese, composer Philip Glass, performer Isabella Rossellini, actress Isabelle Huppert, singer-songwriter Rufus Wainwright, collector Jean Paul Barbier-Mueller, novelist Jay McInerney, writer Barbara Goldsmith, and others.Founded in 1992 by internationally renowned theater artist Robert Wilson, the Watermill Center on Long Island, New York, is a unique performance art laboratory for young and emerging artists. Covering every aspect of life at the Center, Wilson's summer workshops, the year-round residency programs, the extensive collection, outreach programs with community, landscaped gardens and architecture, this is the first extensive glimpse into the world of Watermill and an intimate look at Wilson's artistic process and the legacy he is creating for future generations.