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Book details
  • Genre:ART
  • SubGenre:Popular Culture
  • Language:English
  • Pages:596
  • eBook ISBN:9798350937770
  • Paperback ISBN:9798350937763

Rehearsals for a Departure

by Fred Croton

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A tale of departures within the life of Tony Andrews who turned into an art dealer at 22. Always a contrarian in battle with conventional wisdom and received opinion, he exhibits Contemporary Realism in the teeth of rampant Abstract Expressionism, within the roads of a long life, departures of abandonment, leave takings of his own, and deaths departures, too.
An oddment, Tony becomes a wanderer in a world of Avante Garde art, music, and dance: The book replete with cameos of Norman Mailer, John Cage, Merce Cunningham, Claes Oldenburg, Red Grooms, many others, brought to him by an older woman who breaks his heart never to be forgotten. Another oddment, Tony is in possession of a splendid painting by the great abstract artist Mark Rothko, purchased for him for $1200 dollars by a woman never to be seen again. Eventually worth many, many millions he carries it with him all his life until given away to the child and grandchild of the lovely young women, dying young, who'd made the gift. But not before the charlatans in charge of Rothko's estate, trying to buy it for pennies, destroyed what innocence, if ever, the art world possessed. A Bronx born boyhood leading to a Greenwich Village apartment at 18, a loft acquired cheaply in a downtown Manhattan neighborhood eventually dubbed Soho and sold by him for fifty times the purchase price, leading to the luxury of a penthouse apartment on Central Park West within blocks of Lincoln Center. Heartbreak, early failures, later success in a wealthy old age runs through a life of startles and stops—there is more, but the pudding is in the reading.
About the author
Fred Croton considers himself a born-again novelist in a life well and ill spent. A writer for ten years, a first novel "Wages of War" published in 2015 by Patecheny Press. His second, "rehearsals for a departure" might be his last. But who knows? Married to Selma Holo, brilliant art historian, museum director and writer, who abides with the patience of a job, they split time between Pasadena and a beach house in Southern California. Two sons, Christopher and Kevan living in Europe and a daughter who lives somewhere else.