Seven Days in the Art World

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Contemporary art has become a mass entertainment, a luxury good, a job description and, for some, a kind of alternative religion. Sarah Thornton, a journalist with a degree in art history and a PhD in sociology, offers us an entertaining fly-on-the-wall narrative that takes us behind the scenes of the art world. From art school to auction house, she gives an overview of how it works, and giving us a vivid sense of being there.

The book consists of chapters, which glide into each other as if they were 7 full days and nights. The book is insightful, and captures the rôles and professions in art with copious amounts of dry wit. In addition, it hints at the indirect and idiosyncratic vernacular in art, whilst at the same time, it exposes hype. That is a balancing act, because all the portrayed key players in the book, have neither been revered nor ridiculed as individuals. Instead, the author has listened and interviewed each person with respect, tact and situation awareness.

Publisher: Granta Books
Publication year: 2009
Format: Pocket
Language: English
Pages: 304
Size: 197 x 130 mm
ISBN: 9781847080844