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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This is a must read for any artist who thinks that the market is going to come find you, pull you out of your studio and make you a star. It's a reality check, all my students read this in college so they can understand how to play this game we call art. Read full review

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This is a must read for any artist who thinks that the market is going to come find you, pull you out of your studio and make you a star. It's a reality check, all my students read this in college so they can understand how to play this game we call art. Read full review

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