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Seven Days in the Art World

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Sarah Thornton (Author)




Paperback: 320 pages
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company; 1 edition (November 2, 2009)
Language: English



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"An indelible portrait of a peculiar society." ―Vogue

Sarah Thornton's vivid ethnography―an international hit, now available in twenty translations―reveals the inner workings of the sophisticated subcultures that make up the contemporary art world. In a series of day-in-the-life narratives set in New York, Los Angeles, London, Basel, Venice, and Tokyo, Seven Days in the Art World explores the dynamics of creativity, taste, status, money, and the search for meaning in life.

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“A field guide to the nomadic tribes of the contemporary art world. The book was reported and written in a heated art market, but it is poised to endure as a work of sociology.”
- New York Times Book Review

“The best book yet written about the modern-art boom…a Robert Altmanesque panorama of the most important cultural phenomenon of the last ten years.”
- Sunday Times [London]

Seven Days in the Art World…seems destined to outlive its moment…Thornton offers an indelible portrait of a peculiar society, simultaneously cutthroat and curious…glamorous yet filled with people who would have been unpopular in high school.”
- Leslie Camhi, Vogue

“An entertaining and lucid account of the mysterious ways of contemporary art…[Thornton] does well to resist the temptation to draw any glib, overarching conclusions. There is more than enough in her rigorous, precise reportage…for the reader to make his or her own connections.”
- Peter Aspden, Financial Times

“[An] intelligently written…refreshingly open-minded exploration.”
- Washington Post

“A terrific book―detailed, gossipy, and insightful…By the end of the book, you almost understand how [Steve] Cohen could shell out $8 million for a rotting 14-foot shark pickled in formaldehyde.”
- BusinessWeek

“A one-stop tutorial on an often insular subculture…light-hearted but sociologically acute.”
- Time

“Finely wrought and thoroughly researched…[with] an ingenious structure…and spot-on characterizations…the author draws readers into the experience…[with her] infectious curiosity and meticulous reporting.”
- Annie Buckley, Artweek

About the Author

Sarah Thornton's Seven Days in the Art World was named one of the best art books of the year by the New York Times and is available in sixteen languages. She was the chief writer on contemporary art for the Economist. She holds a BA in art history and a PhD in sociology.


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The Studio Visit - Takeshi Murakami's studio and his work as an artist and entrepreneur

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LOVED this book, could not put it down. I am an artist and bought this based upon the other reviews and I am glad I did. I learned more about the art world and how it works. This book is like an insider's view of how the art world works, how galleries work and what each player in the game does. Very good information that you can use to educate yourself about the art world game in order to become more successful.@@@@An Interesting Tour of the Art World.

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This book is an ethnography (the writer as participant/observer) about the art world. Its message about art as a commodity and the art scene as a performance piece in itself came as no surprise to me as my husband is an artist. At one time we lived in New York and he was represented by a New York Gallery. When you read this book you will understand why we moved back to Alaska. Being an artist in the art world is like wearing a sign on your back that says 'hit me' or else feeling like you're some kind of wind-up toy that must perform in a set way.

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The Crit - About an art criticism class at CalArts

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The Auction - About a Christie's big-time auction in New York

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