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Marina Abramovic is the world’s most celebrated performance artist; nicknamed the “Grandmother of Performance Art” for her extensive body of work, she’s led a fascinating life, from a dark childhood in postwar Yugoslavia to finding worldwide fame as an artist known for testing, and overcoming, the limits of fear and pain.

Marina Abramovic has been making groundbreaking art for the past five decades. Now, she turns her powerful gaze inward to examine the extraordinary life that’s informed her art. For someone who’s strived to break the artist/audience barrier using her body as a canvas, Abramovic’s personal history is largely unknown. In Walk through Walls, she reveals her past with utter candor and deep emotion, in a narrative that is guaranteed to surprise you.

Marina’s life begins in Belgrade, where she was raised by Communist war heroes. Her parents met under extraordinary circumstances in World War II, saving each other’s lives and marrying shortly thereafter. An incredible love story for the ages … until it wasn’t. Their relationship deteriorated and Marina suffered, withstanding her strict mother’s abuse and control, with only her staunchly Catholic grandmother showing affection. Upon leaving home to pursue her art, she experienced complete freedom. In 1976, she met Ulay, a performance artist and the love of her life, with whom she collaborated for twelve years, many of which they spent traveling Europe living in a van, until they ended their partnership in a dramatic piece atop the Great Wall of China.

Marina has performed physically punishing, dangerous art to illustrate the courage and endurance we can find within. She’s been stripped, cut, burned, had her blood sucked, and a loaded gun held to her head as the ultimate test of the relationship between artist and viewer. Her retrospective at MoMA in 2010, The Artist Is Present, drew 850,000 visitors to sit across from her, nonverbally connecting. Since then, she’s enraptured a new generation of artistic luminaries who’ve sought her out as a collaborator: Lady Gaga, Matthew Barney, James Franco, and Jay Z, to name a few.

“My experiences have always been a big part of my work—they’re the source of everything I do, they’re my inspiration,” says Marina. “I hope that by sharing my story, I can give people the courage to do the things they’re afraid to do in their own lives.” Told with a one-of-a-kind charismatic voice, Walk through Walls will be the one piece of Marina’s art that anyone can take home.

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  • Enchanting and emotionally raw, Walk Through Walls is an honest, gripping, and profound look into the heart and brilliant mind of one of the quintessential artists of the postmodern era. Publishers Weekly, starred review
  • Walk Through Walls is the story of a relentlessly independent artist thwarted in her quest for total connection with one person who eventually achieves it with thousands. Marina’s magic derives from an emerging ‘method’ that involves tests of endurance and deprivation more commonly associated with Navy Seal training than with the world of modern art. Just as her performances are impossible to turn away from, I could not put down this book. Tom Reiss, Pulitzer and PEN award-winning author of The Black Count and The Orientalist
  • Marina Abramović is famous for fiercely throwing herself, body and soul, into transformation through her art. In this intimate memoir, I hear her voice as I read. She confesses, confides, complains, instructs, and reflects with intelligence and humor on her difficult but ultimately magical life and liberating work. Willem Dafoe
  • Abramović is the most celebrated performance/conceptual artist in the world, and she’s probably the only one with a sense of humor. Bryan Appleyard, Sunday Times UK
  • Walk Through Walls is beautiful, panoramic, touching, deep. I really love and admire the way Marina confronts all the weird contradictions of myth mixing with daily life. She manages to say personal as well as self-critical things about herself while still making a self-portrait that is rich and full of real self-respect. What a life! Laurie Anderson
  • Marina’s role as an artist, she believes, with a hubris that can sound naïve and a humility that disarms any impulse to resent it, is to lead her spectators through an anxious passage to a place of release from whatever has confined them. Judith Thurman, The New Yorker
  • In The Heart Sutra, Buddha says, ‘Our life on earth is like a morning star, a bubble on water, a drop of dew, lightning in the summer sky, a dream in this floating world.’ For Marina Abramović, there is no difference between art and life, life is a dream while it lasts, an absolute presence made ​​in a vacuum. Alejandro Jodorowsky
  • Candidly and vividly sharing her personal struggles as well as her artistic and spiritual discoveries, Abramovic presents a uniquely intense and affecting art memoir. Booklist, starred review
  • Enchanting and emotionally raw, Walk Through Walls is an honest, gripping, and profound look into the heart and brilliant mind of one of the quintessential artists of the postmodern era. Publishers Weekly, starred review
  • “Marina has lived like an unstoppable force of nature, with the kind of power that leaves me feeling breathless and disquieted—while at the same time profoundly impressed, awed, and inspired. As I turn the pages of her book, I hear her voice in my head, as if she were actually narrating the words. When Marina speaks, it sounds as if you’re listening to a legendary folktale from the ancient landscapes of the Balkan Mountains. Her voice is soothing, calm, and centered. It belies the trauma, fear, and darkness coiled at the root of her impulse to express and expunge. Annie Lennox, Vanity Fair
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