Artists’ efforts to avoid the autobiographical have never proved very successful. The playwright Tom Stoppard, who wrote seemingly non-autobiographical work for most of his career, has a new play, Leopoldstadt, that reaches back into his own family history. Something similar can be said of the writer Bret Easton Ellis, who took a few decades to admit that his 1991 book, American Psycho, mirrored parts of his own life. A new exhibition sees the French singer and artist Louise Pressager making a similar U-turn into autobiography, with songs in the first person and drawings experimenting with daring colors reflective of her inner moods. —J.V.
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