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A Conversation with Gabrielle Selz, author of “Light on Fire: The Art and Life of Sam Francis”

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Drawing on exclusive interviews and private correspondence, author Gabrielle Selz traces the complex life of a magnetic and globe-trotting artist, in her book Light on Fire: The Art and Life of Sam Francis.

A groundbreaking biography of one of the celebrated artists of the 20th century, and the American painter who brought the vocabulary of abstract expressionism to Paris. An intimate portrait of a mesmerizing character, a man who sought to resolve in art the contradictions he couldn’t resolve in life.

Gabrielle Selz is an award-winning author. Her books include the first comprehensive biography of Sam Francis, Light on Fire, and the memoir, UnStill Life. Her articles have appeared in the New Yorker, the New York Times, and the Los Angeles Times.

Sam Francis Centennial is on view at the Anderson Collection through March 3, 2023.

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