“If there is an internal theme to this collection of Tuten’s whimsical works, it would be a trio of sombreros, which appear floating around many of the paintings. Met by scenic backdrops, varied furniture, and abstracted faces, the sombreros find adventure wherever they go. This isn’t just a viewer’s interpretation, either—Tuten is expected to release an art book with Koenig Books Ltd. soon that features fanciful short stories alongside around 40 of his drawings and paintings. With each painting of the sombreros, Tuten specifies that there will be “a little story about how the sombreros left their masters—their heads, so to speak.”
— from Dan’s Papers, “Frederic Tuten: A Life Dedicated to Arts”
Frederic Tuten is an artist and writer based in New York. He is the author of the memoir My Young Life, five novels, and two short story collections. His short story “Self-Portrait with Circus” has been translated into Russian. He has had two solo shows, at Planthouse and Harper’s Gallery. He is currently represented by Harper’s.
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“Cold War Casual” is a collection of transcribed oral testimony and interviews translated from Russian into English and from English into Russian that delve into the effect of the events and the government propaganda of the Cold War era on regular citizens of countries on both sides of the Iron Curtain.