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Len Lye (1901–1980) holds a special place in the hearts of New Plymouth people.
He was a charismatic artist of enormous talent who became a leading figure in international modernism. He was a gifted innovator in many areas of the arts – film, painting, sculpture, photography and writing.
"Len Lye: A Biography" by Roger Horrocks, published by Auckland University Press, is read here, with permission, in full, by long-time Len Lye fan, Alessandra Keighley.
Len Lye: A Biography tells for the first time the story of an extraordinary New Zealander – a brilliant artist with an international career who never lost the informality, the energy and the independence of spirit of his South Pacific origins.
Horrocks' exhaustive study of Lye is the result of twenty years of research and is based on interviews with many of those close to the artist, as well as on voluminous documentary sources.
From Auckland University Press
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