Seven Days in the Art World by Sarah Thornton

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Read Seven Days in the Art World Online Free - Named one of the best art books of 2008 by The New York Times and The Sunday Times [London]: “An indelible portrait of a peculiar society.”—Vogue

The art market has been booming. Museum attendance is surging. More people than ever call themselves artists. Contemporary art has become a mass entertainment, a luxury good, a job description, and, for some, a kind of alternative religion.

In a series of beautifully paced narratives, Sarah Thornton investigates the drama of a Christie's auction, the workings in Takashi Murakami's studios, the elite at the Basel Art Fair, the eccentricities of Artforum magazine, the competition behind an important art prize, life in a notorious art-school seminar, and the wonderland of the Venice Biennale. She reveals the new dynamics of creativity, taste, status, money, and the search for meaning in life. A judicious and juicy account of the institutions that have the power to shape art history, based on hundreds of interviews with high-profile players, Thornton's entertaining ethnography will change the way you look at contemporary culture. 8 illustrations.



Title : Seven Days in the Art World
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ISBN : 039333712X
Edition Language : English
Format Type : Paperback
Number of Pages : 320 pages


Reviews


Troy rated it ★★☆☆☆

January 23, 2016

I hate this book. Or more accurately, I hate what this book focuses on. Now I need to state that my hatred is pretty moronic. The book is titled Seven Days in the Art World, which very clearly labels it as a tourist's guidebook, so it might as well be labelled Lonely Planet: Art World, or Let's Go...


Mary rated it ★★☆☆☆

June 10, 2012

For someone who "writes about the art world and art market for many publications," Thornton asks some pretty lame questions. She seems, overall, clueless about art. Her deep, probing interview questions are "What do artists learn at art school? What is an artist? How do you become one? What makes...


Carol rated it ★★★☆☆

January 11, 2012

Overview - It's a book about 7 different environments of the art world: * an auction (at Christie's in NYC) - below * a MFA crit session (at CalArt) -below * a visit to the Basel art fair (Switzerland) * the Turner prize in London * a visit to Artforum (magazine) * a visit to the studio of Japanese...


Lance rated it ★★★★☆

June 04, 2014

This is an anthropological study of a murky subculture given to bizarre rituals, riven by tribal conflict and prone to madness...the world of contemporary art. Sarah Thornton, our intrepid guide, comes at this woolly subject from different angles -- seven of them, to be precise, each set in a dif...


Lobstergirl rated it ★★★☆☆

February 25, 2012

Thornton's narrative seemed to lose a little of its zest as it wended to a close. Early chapters on a Christie's auction of contemporary art, and a visit to the Art Basel fair were most interesting. It was instructive to learn how buying from a gallery is different from buying at auction, for exa...


Heather rated it ★★★★☆

August 11, 2008

I got to read an advanced copy of this book and write a blurb about it for the magazine. Sooo, not only did reading this book make me feel extremely cool, it was also a really enjoyable read. Thornton is a "cat on the prowl" in the most important (and impenetrable) centers of the contemporary art...


Arwen rated it ★★★★★

July 05, 2009

I am sure that most readers of this book also chose it because we will never be able to attend a Christie's Post-war art auction, the Venice Bienniale, or the Basel Art Fair except vicariously through Sarah Thornton. Lucky for us, she does so with grace and wit and every other attribute I would w...


Quân Khuê rated it ★★★☆☆

September 16, 2017

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Jim rated it ★★★★☆

October 09, 2009

In spite of her apparent hopes that this book might be a ethnology of the art world, it comes across a group of magazine articles that describe seven events -- an auction, an art fair, a biennial, etc. -- and how they contribute to the economics of the art world, how things are sold, and how repu...


Justin rated it ★★★☆☆

January 23, 2016

A fun, deceptively sophisticated jog through one very small aspect of "the art world." And that aspect is, overwhelmingly, the economic. This is a book about how rich people have nothing to do with their enormous amounts of money, so they spend it on objects that may or may not be of any aestheti...





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