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Matt Lamb: The Art of Success, Revised Edition

ISBN: 978-1-118-45078-9
400 pages
April 2013
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A revised edition of the tell-all biography of the businessman turned outsider artist

In this no-holds-barred biography of controversial artist Matt Lamb, Richard Speer takes readers on an all-access tour of Lamb's life and times. With true insider access that includes interviews with family and friends and Lamb's own personal archives, the book offers a massively compelling look at the artist's life. The successful millionaire CEO of a family business, Lamb turned away from business and toward painting as a response to a diagnosis of grave illness. Whether that diagnosis was accurate or not, it was the basis for a massive personal transformation, from wealthy but little-known businessman to an artist hailed as the heir of Pablo Picasso. Thumbing his nose at the art establishment that dismissed his work and wealth as the antithesis of starving-artist chic, Lamb dedicated his work to world peace and redefined the art world in the process.

  • Revised to cover the years leading up to the artist's death in early 2012
  • Tells the story of a truly unique character who succeed spectacularly in the wildly different worlds of business and art
  • This book offers an insider's look at the art world's ultimate "outside insider"

For those who relish tales of larger-than-life personalities who break the mold, Matt Lamb: The Art of Success is a thrilling and enlightening biography of an unforgettable personality.

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Table of Contents

Introduction xi

PART ONE

The Prince of Paradox

CHAPTER ONE

A Portrait of the Starving Artist as Tycoon 3

PART TWO

The Backstory

CHAPTER TWO

Butchering Sheep and Sipping Tea 19

CHAPTER THREE

South Side Story 25

CHAPTER FOUR

The Love Affair That Began in the Womb 35

CHAPTER FIVE

Family Business and Other Oxymorons 39

CHAPTER SIX

The Sales of a Death Man 51

CHAPTER SEVEN

Drunken Days and Papal Knights 67

PART THREE

The Crisis

CHAPTER EIGHT

The Funeral Director Picks His Own Casket 77

CHAPTER NINE

Misdiagnosis or Miracle? 83

PART FOUR

The New Life

CHAPTER TEN

The Undertaker’s New Undertaking 91

CHAPTER ELEVEN

The Jew, the Nun, the Architect, and the Old Irish Bastard 101

CHAPTER TWELVE

Lamb Debuts to Rants and Raves 107

CHAPTER THIRTEEN

The Wake as Collage 113

CHAPTER FOURTEEN

Power Plays 117

CHAPTER FIFTEEN

The Tycoon Tackles Gandhi 121

CHAPTER SIXTEEN

Chaos, Rage, and the White Heat of Passion 127

CHAPTER SEVENTEEN

Finding Faces in the Clouds 133

CHAPTER EIGHTEEN

The Spirits Who Live in the Canvas 137

CHAPTER NINETEEN

The Characters Take the Stage 145

PART FIVE

The Career Blossoms

CHAPTER TWENTY

Getting Hammered 155

CHAPTER TWENTY-ONE

Painting for Pierre Cardin 159

CHAPTER TWENTY-TWO

Finding Fassbender 163

CHAPTER TWENTY-THREE

The Doyenne in Leather Pants 171

CHAPTER TWENTY-FOUR

The Dealer with Glow-Stick Nunchucks 177

PART SIX

The Pope, the Princess, and the Giant Child

CHAPTER TWENTY-FIVE

Painting for the Pope 187

CHAPTER TWENTY-SIX

The Spiritualist Takes On the Mall of America 191

CHAPTER TWENTY-SEVEN

The Knight and the Princess 195

CHAPTER TWENTY-EIGHT

Giant Child 203

CHAPTER TWENTY-NINE

Pollyanna Meets Patton 211

PART SEVEN

The Controversy

CHAPTER THIRTY

Fuck the Puck 217

CHAPTER THIRTY-ONE

The Straightjacket as Painting Smock 221

CHAPTER THIRTY-TWO

There Once Was a Gallerist from Nantucket 227

CHAPTER THIRTY-THREE

The Media Sharks Tear In 233

CHAPTER THIRTY-FOUR

Outsider, Outschmeider 241

PART EIGHT

The Present Tense and Future Perfect

CHAPTER THIRTY-FIVE

The Maximalist Wrestles with Minimalism 247

CHAPTER THIRTY-SIX

Lamb Meets Picasso 253

CHAPTER THIRTY-SEVEN

The Canyon Full of Ghosts 261

CHAPTER THIRTY-EIGHT

Around the World in 80 Studios 265

CHAPTER THIRTY-NINE

Pans and Praise: The Critics Look at Lamb 277

CHAPTER FORTY

Always Further: Lamb Today and Tomorrow 289

PART NINE

The Epilogue

CHAPTER FORTY-ONE

When the Saints Go Marchin’ In 299

PART TEN

The Exit Interview

Afterword 307

Q&A

The Pony at the End of the Rainbow 329

ACKNOWLEDGMENTS 341

TIMELINE 343

SELECTED COLLECTIONS AND

EXHIBITION HISTORY 347

CONTACT INFORMATION AND GALLERIES 355

ABOUT THE AUTHOR 357

NOTES 359

INDEX 365

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