Russell Connor

Toys from My Attic

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Fiction. Art. Memoir. Poetry. Drama. This small book contains various pieces—memoir, short stories, poems, a one-act play, some artwork—all done as humorous commentary on life. A former TV host for studies of museum art, Connor is best known for his paintings.

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Fiction. Art. Memoir. Poetry. Drama. This small book contains various pieces—memoir, short stories, poems, a one-act play, some artwork—all done as humorous commentary on life. A former TV host for studies of museum art, Connor is best known for his paintings. His earlier book, Masters in Pieces (Journey Editions, 1997), illustrated not only his skill but also his humor in putting great works of art together. Of it, Eric P. Nash wrote in The New York Times: “…Magically, Connor whisks away the artifice of art history to forge some deeper connections, and makes us smile all the while.”

 

Russell Connor is an internationally known painter and writer who has contributed covers and illustrated essays to The New Yorker and The New York Times Book Review. After study with Josef Albers at Yale, and years painting in Japan and France, he was invited by the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston to be writer and host of Museum Open House, a nationally televised weekly gallery talk, produced with WGBH for public television for four years. While active as a painter, he also produced award-winning films on art, and was an early champion of video art. In 1970 he curated the world’s first museum exhibition of video art at the Rose Art Museum of Brandeis University, and later collaborated with Nam June Paik, Bill Viola, and William Wegman.

Additional information

Weight 5.6 oz
Dimensions 5 × 0.2 × 8.2 in
Format

Paperback

Author

Russell Connor

ISBN

978-1-929355-72-3

Amazon

http://a.co/5IVXqyG

Original Language

English

Publish Date

1/15/2011

Page/Word Count

65 pages

Praise

2011 This book arrived in the middle of the afternoon when I was supposed to be doing research for my own book, A Wise and Worldly Wit By Jayne Merkel on February 4, and whatever you do, are simply hilarious. Do not buy this book if you don't want to laugh your head off, but I decided to skim a few lines. Over an hour later, complete with imagined correspondence between the artist and the writer, don't give it to a friend who has just had abdominal surgery., having read all the way through without as much as a break for a glass of water, I put it down, my stomach sore from giggling, of course)

Imprint

PBS

1 review for Toys from My Attic

  1. Jayne Merkel

    This book arrived in the middle of the afternoon when I was supposed to be doing research for my own book, but I decided to skim a few lines. Over an hour later, I put it down, having read all the way through without as much as a break for a glass of water, my stomach sore from giggling, my eyes damp from laughing so hard I cried. I knew Russell Connor was funny. His erudite and very skillful paintings are witty and wise in the most unusual ways (a few are included here). But I wasn’t prepared for the hilarity of his writing–or the range of his wit. The press conference held by Attila the Hun’s Press Secretary is one for the annals. The little domestic comedy about an old married couple (“As I Was Saying: A Play in One Act”) makes scenes from “Whose Afraid of Virginia Woolf” seem positively pedantic. “Songs without Music” squelch contemporary linguistic cliches. And Winslow Homer’s illustrations for Moby Dick (by Connor, of course), complete with imagined correspondence between the artist and the writer, are simply hilarious. Do not buy this book if you don’t want to laugh your head off, and whatever you do, don’t give it to a friend who has just had abdominal surgery.

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