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Description - Callas Kissed Me...lenny Too! by John Gruen

As a boy unable to speak a single word of English, Gruen was determined to make a successful life for himself in America. Anxious to know what his adopted country was truly about, he ventured to the Midwest to attend the University of Iowa, where he emerged, five years later, as a more-or-less Americanized graduate student on his way to a PhD scholarship to the prestigious Institute of Fine Arts at New York University, and as the 20-year-old husband of ravishing fellow student and painter Jane Wilson. The story of the Gruens' life in New York City, from the 1950s to the present, explores a complex marriage and two parallel journeys of artistic growth. Gruen worked as a composer, photographer, and journalist; Wilson developed as a distinguished painter, though often supported the two with work as a fashion model. Life was always on the move for the couple. Though hardly well-connected and certainly not wealthy, the Gruens knew everyone during their many years in the artistic milieu of which they were an active part. From the many apartments they occupied in New York City to the countless dinner parties, nights at the Cedar bar, and weekends at their Hamptons barn, their life was

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Book Details

ISBN: 9781576874240
ISBN-10: 1576874249
Format: Hardback
(230mm x 190mm x mm)
Pages: 220
Imprint: powerHouse Books,U.S.
Publisher: powerHouse Books,U.S.
Publish Date: 1-May-2008
Country of Publication: United States

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Author Biography - John Gruen

John Gruen has written for The New York Herald Tribune and The New York Times. He was the chief art critic for New York magazine, an arts columnist for Vogue, contributing editor to ArtNews, writer for Architectural Digest, and senior editor at Dance Magazine. He has previously written 15 books, including biographies on conductor/composer Leonard Bernstein, composer Gian Carlo Menotti, dancer Erik Bruhn, and artist Keith Haring. He is also a published photographer who has exhibited widely and authored two photography books, Facing the Artist (Prestel, 1999) and The Sixties- Young in the Hamptons (Charta, 2006). Three hundred of his artist portraits are in the permanent collection of the Whitney Museum of American Art. Gruen and wife Jane Wilson live in New York City and Water Mill, NY. Their daughter, Julia Gruen, is the Executive Director of the Keith Haring Foundation.

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