Seven Days in the Art World

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W. W. Norton & Company, 2008 - Art - 274 pages
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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.

  

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User Review  - Eddy Allen - Goodreads

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User Review  - Lance Charnes - Goodreads

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 ... Read full review

Contents

Introduction
ix
The Auction
1
The Grit
41
The Fair
75
The Prize
107
The Magazine
143
The Studio Visit
181
The Biennale
219
Authors Note
255
Acknowledgments
257
Selected Bibliography
263
Illustration Credits
267
Index
269
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About the author (2008)

Sarah Thornton was the chief writer on contemporary art for The Economist. She holds a BA in art history and a PhD in sociology.

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