'Adventure Everywhere' is the seventh book in Dave Haslam's acclaimed Art Decades series.
Picasso in Paris in the 1900s was advancing the frontiers of art in a city vibrant with hedonism and creativity. Life after dark fascinated and inspired him. On the occasion of his first exhibition in Paris, a critic wrote that Picasso is an artist ‘who never believes the day is over, in a city that offers a different spectacle every minute’.
In Adventure Everywhere, Dave Haslam portrays the world of drink, sex, music, drugs, art, and chaos that constituted Picasso’s nightlife. Picasso’s relationships – and debts – to poets and other artists are described; his misogyny is addressed; and no bar, cabaret club or dance hall is left unvisited in this vivid and intriguing account of how significant nightlife was in Picasso’s Paris, and how central in his art.
Dave Haslam is a former resident DJ at the legendary Haçienda club in Manchester. He has written five full-length books, including Manchester, England – a cultural biography of Manchester which was declared one of the ten books that best represent England (alongside works by Jeremy Paxman, Zadie Smith, and George Monbiot). His journalism has appeared in NME, The Times, Guardian, London Review of Books and New Statesman.
Art Decades is a highly original and wide-ranging series of small-format books exploring a variety of subjects rooted in cities, in recent history and lived experience, and a love for music, literature, and art. There will be eight titles in the series; six have already been published: