Bad Blood: Rivalry and Art History

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Why is there so much bad blood involved in the stories of artists and their artworks? Immerse yourself in 18 infamous artistic rivalries, dramatized with gripping moments of narrative, to understand how the rivalries that art fans love to gossip about reveal truths about our attitudes toward art

Why did Michelangelo loathe Raphael for decades after the latter had died? How did Pablo Picasso and Henri Matisse balance their perpetual competition with a lifelong friendship? What transgression pitted the notorious titans of the London graffiti scene, Banksy and King Robbo, in a rivalry that ended with a tragic and unforeseeable death?

An investigative journey transforms some of the “big names” of the art world into real people — often grumpy, ornery, antagonistic, and flawed — and better reveals how all of us respond to art.

by Clayton Schuster
foreword by Noah Charney
Softcover, 188 pages
Schiffer Publishing
ISBN 978-0-7643-5730-5