Seven Days In The Art World | Granta

  • Published: 07/09/2009
  • ISBN: 9781847080844
  • 129x20mm
  • 304 pages

Seven Days In The Art World

Sarah Thornton

Contemporary art has become a mass entertainment, a luxury good, a job description and, for some, a kind of alternative religion. Sarah Thornton’s shrewd and entertaining fly-on-the-wall narrative takes us behind the scenes of the art world, from art school to auction house, showing us how it works, and giving us a vivid sense of being there.

Parachutes the reader into the real nitty-gritty of how it all works - openings, dealers, artists, prizes, auctions et al. Reading this book is like having your own spy in the art world

Alan Yentob

A thorough insight into the contemporary art world through seven fascinating stories ... a must-have for all art buffs

Tatler

Curators and dealers provide the insider info and often the laughs, as the closed world of art is systematically demystified

Dazed and Confused

The Author

Sarah Thornton has written about the art world and art market for many publications including the Economist, Artform and the New Yorker. Seven Days in the Art World was named one of the best art books of 2008 by the Sunday Times, the Independent and the New York Times. She is also the author of Club Cultures and co-editor of the first edition of the Subcultures Reader. She has a BA in art history and a PhD in sociology and lives in London.

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33 Artists in 3 Acts

Is being an artist a radical form of entrepreneurship or a vocational calling like the priesthood? Is it an extension of philosophy or an offshoot of entertainment?

In three richly interlinked but distinct ‘acts’ – Politics, Kinship and Craft – Sarah Thornton compares and contrasts answers to the simple but profound question: what is an artist?

33 Artists in 3 Acts
draws on hundreds of personal encounters with the world’s most important artists, to ask what it means to be making artworks in different parts of the world today. With Thornton as expert guide and trusted insider, we have unprecedented access to the lives of the artists, from late-night Skype chats with Ai Weiwei to taxi rides with Maurizio Cattelan on the way to and from the show that announces his death. We join Thornton as she rummages through artists’ studios, homes and solo shows, inquiring about everything from their bank accounts to their bedrooms. The result is a series of cinematic experiences, which juxtapose artists in thought-provoking ways, and build up narratives that end with epiphanies.

33 Artists in 3 Acts is a generational touchstone, a powerful triptych and gripping anti-monograph about truth, integrity, credibility and recognition. Essential reading for anyone interested in contemporary art, this masterful act of storytelling will also delight any reader seeking to understand creative lives.

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