Seven Days in the Art World

Seven Days in the Art World

Book - 2009
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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.
Publisher: New York : W.W. Norton & Co., 2009.
Copyright Date: ©2008
ISBN: 9780393337129
Branch Call Number: 709.05 THO
Characteristics: xx, 287 pages :,illustrations


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Jun 10, 2015

an insider's look at the international art market, with stops at seven representative venues around the world - informative an entertaining

Nov 09, 2014

Very entertaining, but no real analysis or criticism of the contemporary art world. After all, the author is part of that world, and her subjects wouldn't agree to speak with her if she were judgemental. Still, a great read. While the author has a PhD, here she acts only as a journalist.

Jun 05, 2013

A great insight into the business arm of the art world. An intriguing read that passes by fast.

WVMLStaffPicks May 31, 2013

Sociologist Sarah Thornton turns her lens to the contemporary Western art scene. Over 250 interviews yielded six entertaining day-in-the-life vignettes detailing an auction at Christie’s, the Basel Art Fair, the journal Artforum, the Turner prize, notorious CalArt student seminar, Takashi Murakami's studio and the Venice Biennale. Her account spans six cities and features strong, elegant and gossipy descriptions of the art world's players, their conflicting interpretations of creativity, status, money, and ideals of beauty.

Feb 21, 2012

A look into the highly contrived world of the art business. A great read.

Jul 04, 2011

7 Days in the Art World is exceptional in that it gives the reader access to a secretive world that molds the art of this century. The author's opinions are subtle and do not interfere with her observation of fact; it is up to the reader to deduce the truth. The author does not attempt to provide aesthetic judgement or guidance:her job is to provide a "bird's eye view" of an organism that is constantly evolving with the vagaries of the economy and the winds of change in art criticism and art education. I am delighted to have read this book. Time well spent! I highly recommend it to anyone interested in contemporary art.

Dec 01, 2009

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