Available: Feb 2016
After art critic Edward Fisher died, author Giles Ward discovered a lifetime’s collection of notes and transcripts the writer had made in preparation for his biography of controversial twentieth-century British artist Wallace Slade. Fisher’s biography reveals previously undisclosed details, often shocking, of the artist’s personal life, his tangled loves, powerful artworks, and the mysterious circumstances surrounding his death. Based on interviews covering a twenty-six year period – from 1963 to the very day of the artist’s death in 1989 – much of this material has never been published and reveals a deeply personal lifelong relationship between Fisher and Slade. Where Beauty Is explores the dangers involved when such a relationship between a critic and his subject becomes too close.