“Walk Through Walls,” Marina Abramović’s memoir that will be published by Crown Archetype on Oct. 25, is said to be a no-holds-barred tome — as brutal as her 1973 work “Rhythm 10,” where she stabbed the spaces between her fingers with knives, often drawing blood, and as revealing as some of the performance artist’s pieces, such as the 2002 “House With the Ocean View,” when she lived for 12 days inside a Chelsea gallery in Manhattan allowing viewers to watch her eat, sleep, shower and even urinate.
Abramović is probably best-known in the U.S. for her 2010 retrospective at Manhattan’s Museum of Modern Art, “The Artist is Present,” during which she sat immobile for more than 750 hours as visitors to the exhibition took turns sitting opposite her. Born in Yugoslavia to parents who were national heroes under President Tito’s regime, their marriage devolved to a point where both her mother and father slept with loaded guns by their beds.
The book’s title comes from the “walk-through-walls toughness” she developed as a result of this environment. Indeed, the performance artist has never let walls or anything else get in her way.
A Crown spokeswoman said that in addition to the book’s U.S. launch, “Walk Through Walls” will be published in the fall in the U.K., Brazil, France, Germany and Greece, with editions earmarked for China, Holland, Italy, Poland, Russia, Sweden, Taiwan, Turkey and Spain bowing in 2017.
Crown will publish on Nov. 15 a signed and numbered collectors’ edition of the memoir.
Abramović, who is turning 70, will on Dec. 8 celebrate both her birthday and the book launch at the Guggenheim Museum, which will be given over in its entirety to the occasion.