Seven days in the art world

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Granta, Oct 1, 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 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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Review: Seven Days in the Art World

User Review  - Rljulie - Goodreads

Since Michelangelo and Pope Julius II, and even long before, the "art world" has been inextricably linked to money. Artists make the art, but who will pay for art to be created, displayed, kept and ... Read full review

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User Review  - Alicia - Goodreads

I finished reading this a couple of weeks ago and have only just now got around to rating and reviewing. All in all I enjoyed the book, it gives a “behind the scenes” look at the art world and was ... Read full review

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