Natasha Fraser-Cavassoni and Tom Rachman: What Makes a Great Artist? Art and Its Demons

Sun 7 Oct
16:30 - 17:30
The Electric Theatre
£10, £9 concessions


Author Natasha Fraser-Cavassoniand novelist Tom Rachmandiscuss the contemporary art world and what makes an artist. Natashaworked at the Andy Warhol Studioin New York in the late 80s, and witnessed the end of an era, the wrangles over the estate, and the establishment of a global phenomenon.

Using Warhol as a thread, and interviewing art world insiders, she reveals all in her memoir, After Andy: Adventures in Warhol Land. In Tom’s funny and heart-wrenching novel, The Italian Teacher, the main protagonist is a leading artist, driven by work, adored by fans, but ruthlessly indifferent to his family, until fate plays a hand.

A thought-provoking talk that will challenge the very idea of greatness.

Natasha Fraser-Cavassoni’s After Andy opens up a can of Pop art and power
— Vanity Fair
Rachman’s new novel may well be his most impressive yet . . . spirited writing . . . In the end, this deceptively subtle novel offers a surprisingly upbeat message: that even a life marked by outward failure can contain many hidden kinds of success
— Financial Times
An endlessly quotable romp that captures the melancholy and magnificence of Warhol’s final days and legacy...[After Andy] masterfully winds through anecdotes, scenes and interviews with scores of Warhol’s associates, acquaintances and admirers. It is breezy without ever feeling light, channeling Warhol’s enigmatic presence.”
— Nick Ripatrazone, Rolling Stone