Life Imitates Art

Short story about self-destructing paintings published on January 5, appears to come true in book form just two weeks later.

[USPRwire, Mon Jan 26 2015] Lauren Walden Rabb, former Curator of Art at the University of Arizona Museum of Art, writes about the art world from an insider’s point of view.

Ms. Rabb’s career in the arts spans thirty years – from her early days as a gallerista to her years owning her own gallery, and then working as the Curator at the UAMA. Currently, Ms. Rabb manages the Healing Art Program at Tucson Medical Center.

So when her short story, “Poof!,” about an artist who creates self-destructing art, was published on January 5 by Driftwood Press, it received a lot of buzz from artists and art aficionados. “I received more emails about this short story than anything else I’ve ever published – including my novels,” she said. “It sparked a lot of conversations about the meaning of art in today’s frenzied market.”

“Poof!” is the story of an artist named Marx Shepherd, who in the not-so-distant future creates twenty paintings that will disintegrate: He’d invented a paint with a life span of between two and ten years. At the end of its indeterminably scheduled lifetime, it simply blew up in a puff of dust and fell off of the painting. The story discusses the frenzy that is created as collectors vie for these paintings, and then wait neurotically for them to self-destruct.

Then, on January 26, the following news item showed up in her Artnet News feed: “First ever self-destruct novel launched by James Patterson.” The Telegraph was reporting that for £200,000 the famous writer was offering one avid reader a private lunch and a pre-release copy of Private Vegas that would explode. “A special weapons and tactics (SWAT) team will also be on hand to handle the explosive thriller,” the article states.

The Telegraph goes on the say that an additional 1,000 readers would be granted 24 hours access to the e-book of Private Vegas, which would disappear from their e-readers at the end of that time. Quoting the news article again, "Twenty four hours after you start it, the book will no longer be there," said Patterson, 67. "I hope this spurs more ways to get attention."

Find the short story here in issue 2.1 of Driftwood Press:, and link to the article here:


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