Seven Days in the Art World

Seven Days in the Art World (Paperback)

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Named one of the best art books of 2008 by The New York Times and The Sunday Times London]: "An indelible portrait of a peculiar society." -- Vogue 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 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. 8 illustrations

Product Details ISBN-10: 039333712X
ISBN-13: 9780393337129
Published: W. W. Norton & Company, 11/01/2009
Pages: 287
Language: English