Philip Roth Attempts to Halt Performance Piece

Mr. Roth. (Courtesy Farrar Straus Giroux, New York)

The author Philip Roth, through his lawyers, recently attempted to stop a performance that involved an artist silently reading his work, Artnet reports.

Bryan Zanisnik was just a half an hour away from the debut of his show at the Abrons Art Center on the Lower East Side when he received a cease and desist letter from Mr. Roth’s law firm, Milbank, Tweed, Hadley and McCloy. The show, “Every Inch a Man,” features Mr. Zanisnik in “a Plexiglass case while he silently reads Roth’s The Great American Novel and a fan blows old baseball cards and money into the air around him,” according to Artnet.

Mr. Zanisnik, and his collaborators, saw no basis for the cease-and-desist and continued the performance undaunted. The artist has since incorporated the letter into the piece, photocopying it some 20 times and placing it around the enclosure.

Update 10:35 p.m. An earlier version of this post misstated the final outcome of this episode.

Philip Roth Attempts to Halt Performance Piece