Announcing the Publication of Leonardo’s Brain: Understanding Da Vinci’s Creative Genius by Leonard Shlain

It is with great joy and gratitude that I can announce the posthumous publishing of my father’s last book, Leonardo’s Brain: Understanding Da Vinci’s Creative Genius which he completed shortly before he passed five years ago.

The official release date is Oct. 7, 2014 and it is available for pre-order now. My siblings and I will be hosting events together to celebrate the book’s release in San Francisco on Oct 11th, and later in Los Angeles and New York, TBD.

Many of you already know about Leonard Shlain’s previous books, Art & Physics,The Alphabet vs The Goddess and Sex, Time and Power, or were lucky enough to attend one of his presentations. Otherwise you may have learned about him by my Technicolor Summer Exhibition, the articles I have published about our vigil or the flowers or when I dedicated the founding of the Science and Art Meets Science sections to him.

Leonardo’s Brain is not only one of his grand intellectual journeys akin to his previous books, but also has a particularly special meaning as synthesizes of so many of his ideas connecting neurology, history, philosophy, art, science and ourselves, holding Da Vinci as a harbinger of how our species could evolve.

We have so many people to thank — from our publisher John Sternfeld at Lyon’s Press (now Globe Pequot), Robert Stricker, his long time literary agent and particularly Andy Ross, the literary agent for Leonardo’s Brain who seized the opportunity to bring this book to market with zeal our father would have loved.  We also want to thank Ann Patty, (The Life of Pi) who helped us edit the final manuscript. The act of conversing with his ideas in our minds as we navigated the different stages of the editing and publication process was one of the greatest gifts of all.

Our father loved more than anything to share. I am honored to share this book with you.  I hope to see you at one of the events in a city near you. if you have any thoughts or ideas on how we can get the word out, we would love the support!

Warmest Regards,

Kimberly Brooks

Kimberly Brooks Panel with Poet and Artist Robert Montgomery – Ace Hotel Los Angeles

-THE DO ART FOUNDATION & ACE HOTEL DOWNTOWN L.A.

-FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE-

ROBERT MONTGOMERY: L.A. BILLBOARD EXHIBITION

ART ABOVE THE STREETS: AN EVENING WITH ROBERT MONTGOMERY

Exhibition Dates: June 23, 2014 (ongoing, billboard locations throughout L.A.) Panel Discussion With The Artist: Monday, June 3oth, 7pm-1.30am, hosted by Artist Kimberly Brooks.

The Do Art Foundation, in collaboration with Art Share L.A., & Ace Hotel Downtown L.A., are immensely excited to present Art Above The Streets: An Evening With Robert Montgomery.

Renowned British text artist Robert Montgomery draws significantly from examples of mass communication & public interventionist strategy, to create powerful, achingly melancholic works, within the post-situationist & conceptual art traditions.

Often monochromatic, Montgomery’s billboard compositions encompass fragments of memory & nostalgia, narrative & conjecture, dream & love, journey & revelation, yearning, & imagining. Considered works of welcomed intimacy & collective enquiry, Montgomery has held major exhibitions across Europe & Asia of his billboard poems, light installations, woodcuts, & watercolours.

Robert Montgomery was born in Scotland, in 1972. Studying at the Edinburgh College of Art & then within the core program at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston. Montgomery has lived & worked in London, ever since 1999. He is also the Associate Publisher of British cultural magazine, Dazed & Confused.

www.robertmontgomery.org

Above The Streets: Robert Montgomery, is Montgomery’s inaugural Los Angeles exhibition, & is the largest public collection of his work to date. Montgomery has created fifteen new & original, site-specific works, which will be exhibited at assorted billboard locations, throughout the City Of Los Angeles. These will all be explored in a panel discussion upstairs at Ace Hotel Downtown L.A., hosted by Artist Kimberly Brooks.

About Kimberly Brooks:

Kimberly Brooks is a Contemporary American Painter, Innovator, Technologist & Writer. As a painter, she has held numerous solo exhibitions across the United States, & has been showcased in juried exhibitions including curators from the Whitney Museum of American Art, The Museum of Modern Art, California Institute of the Arts, & the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. She is the founding editor of the Arts & Science sections of the Huffington Post, & created Art Meets Science to which she still contributes. She is the creator also of Imageblog, a curated stream of images from artists contributing from around the world. Brooks received her BA at UC Berkeley and studied painting at Otis and UCLA. Brooks currently lives in Los Angeles.

www.kimberlybrooks.com

About Do Art Foundation:

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The Do Art Foundation is an L.A. based non-profit organisation that develops inspiring artistic projects and programs with & for the public realm to bring creative insight & develop awareness within our contemporary culture.

www.doartfoundation.org

About Art Share L.A. -

Art Share L.A. is a sanctuary for the arts in downtown LA. Maintaining a 28,000 sq-ft warehouse in the heart of the arts district, Art Share maintains both 30 subsidised live/work lofts for artist, & a community-programmed facility offering classes, exhibitions & events.

www.artsharela.org

Art Above The Streets: An Evening With Robert Montgomery, will occur upstairs at The Ace’s rooftop.

About Ace Hotel:

Ace Hotel reinvents urban hotels for people who make cities interesting. We crave experience more than hospitality clichés. We are curious about the history & geography of the buildings we inhabit, & let these guide us to someplace fresh & familiar. Ace is the low card & the high card. For more information go to: acehotel.com.

www.acehotel.com/losangeles

For all media inquiries, please contact: press.dtla@acehotel.com

For additional information, please contact:

Carmen Zella, Executive Director, Do Art Foundation:

carmen@doartfoundation.org & +1 310 406 5055

Kingston Trinder, Creative Director, Do Art Foundation:

hello@kingstontrinder.com & +1 323 542 3307 For all social media, please visit the following: ROBERT MONTGOMERY:

Robert Montgomery Artist On Facebook

@MontgomeryGhost on Twitter

@robertmontgomeryghost on Instagram

www.robertmontgomery.org

KIMBERLY BROOKS:

@artistkimberlyb on Twitter @artistkimberlyb on Instagaram

THE DO ART FOUNDATION:

Ace Hotel Downtown L.A. & theatre is located within the historic United Artists

Building at 929 South Broadway, Los Angeles, 90015.

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Do ArT Foundation on Facebook @DoArtFoundation on Twitter @DoArtFoundation on Instagram #DoArtFoundation www.doartfoundation.org

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