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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User Review  - April - Goodreads

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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User Review  - Dan Cassidy - Goodreads

Seven Days with the one percent. The world that she explores is far beyond the reach of most of her readers. The art world is vast, not just this thin sliver of billionaires and hedge fund managers ... Read full review

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