St. Martin's Griffin / May 6, 2014 / $3.99 digital
Lulu Sterling thinks she has it all figured out: with one more year left at NYU, she’s spending her summer interning at her mother’s iconic art gallery, determined to overcome the long shadow of her father’s suicide and prove herself to her critical mother. With her boyfriend, rising artist Brandt Penn, Lulu also hopes she will finally experience the love and desire that have always eluded her. But passion comes where she least expects it in the form of a brilliant, reclusive street artist known only by the tag GoST, and Lulu must decide how much she is willing to risk – and how far she is willing to go — to claim it.
I grew up in Manhattan in the '80s when Keith Haring and his compatriots were raising graffiti to an art form. But despite the high end galleries selling such work, the city’s buildings were covered with spray paint. Maybe this street art was working its way into the mainstream, but it still was very much something I could spot in the wild—on a billboard or on the side of a bus stop. The art felt vital, important. Not some untouchable canvas on the wall of the Met to be contemplated in silence, but something urgent. Something worth getting arrested for, maybe worth dying for.