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Truckload of Art: The Life and Work of Terry Allen

Brendan Greaves, Terry Allen


Join us Wednesday, April 3, 2024, at 6pm to celebrate the publication of Brendan Greaves' biography of artist and musician Terry Allen. Both subject and author have history with Fleisher/Ollman: Allen showed artwork at Janet Fleisher Gallery in 1994 alongside collaborators from the musical Chippy, which premiered in Philadelphia that year; and Greaves was a director at the gallery in the early 2000s, where he was introduced to Allen's work.


Brendan will read from the book, followed by a conversation with Philadelphia-based curator Anthony Elms, who has also written about Allen’s work. Brickbats Books will be on hand to sell books, which Brendan will be happy to sign.


You can read more about Truckload of Art, and order it from your favorite bookseller here.


Truckload of Art: The Life and Work of Terry Allen

On Sale: Mar 19, 2024

569 pages

Published by Hachette Books



Truckload of Art is the definitive, authorized biography of Terry Allen, the internationally acclaimed visual artist and iconoclastic musician whose work bridges the disparate worlds of contemporary art and country music.


A book that is as complex and compassionate as Terry and as moving and raw as his art and music. – Kiki Smith


Terry Allen is my hero, and Brendan changed my life when he introduced us. It’s about time they change your life too. – Kurt Vile


Masterful … An endlessly fascinating biography of an endlessly fascinating artist. – Booklist (starred review)


Brendan Greaves is an unusually deft and perceptive historian of music and art, but he writes with so much heart and verve that after a few chapters, his prose starts to feel like its own song: wild, intelligent, rhythmic, true. His subject here—the inimitable Terry Allen, one of the deepest and most wonderful American artists I can think of—is so well-served by Greaves’s adventurousness and smarts. What a gorgeous, necessary book. – Amanda Petrusich, The New Yorker


Images:  “Sailin’ On Through”: At Arlyn Studios in Austin during the Just Like Moby Dick sessions, May 2019. (Photo by, and courtesy of, Barbara FG); Brendan Greaves (Photo: Ella Andersson).