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Seven Days in the Art World

Seven Days in the Art World by Sarah Thornton 039333712X 9780393337129
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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 Christies auction, the workings in Takashi Murakamis 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, Thorntons entertaining ethnography will change the way you look at contemporary culture.

Author: Sarah Thornton

Language: English

Edition: 1

Binding: Paperback

Pages: 320

Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company

Publication Date: 2009-11-02

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