Seven Days in the Art World - Sarah Thornton - Free ebook download as PDF File .pdf), Text File .txt) or read book online for free. Sarah Thornton's vivid. On the other side of America, at the California Institute of the. Arts, or CalArts, as it is affectionately known, a very different part of the art world looks for multiple. The Art Book · Volume 16, Issue 4 · The Art Book banner. SEVEN DAYS IN THE ART WORLD BY SARAH THORNTON. STEPHANIE COTELA.
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Editorial Reviews. From Publishers Weekly. Starred Review. The hot, hip contemporary art world, argues sociologist Thornton, is a cluster of intermingling . Read Seven Days in the Art World PDF - by Sarah Thornton W. W. Norton & Company | A fly-on-the-wall account of the smart and strange. Read Seven Days in the Art World PDF - by Sarah Thornton W. W. Norton & Company | An indelible portrait of a peculiar society.?VogueSarah.
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Find a copy in the library Finding libraries that hold this item Details Additional Physical Format: Print version: Thornton, Sarah. Seven days in the art world. Document, Internet resource Document Type: Sarah Thornton Find more information about: Still, Thornton has bagged a few big beasts. Naturally, most of these people are pretty circumspect about what they say to Thornton, however attentively she listens.
Disappointingly, the Rubell family of Miami, the owners of a fairly significant collection of contemporary art, won't let her follow them round Art Basel, the most important art fair in the world: 'That's like asking to come into our bedroom! At an auction at Christie's in New York, a well-known collector, Juliette Gold not her real name , incisively analyses why the bidding on a painting by Warhol, Mustard Race Riot, has been somewhat stuttery: 'It's a great historical piece, but it's not a very appealing colour and it's too large to hang easily in one's home.
Then he remembers what he's about. They'll be praying to this thing in years!
Newspapers and television are crammed with stories about art, from the latest crazy auction-house prices to the wilful silliness of the next contenders for the Turner Prize Thornton devotes a whole chapter to the Turner Prize and, for the record, she was able to elicit no more useful information from the winner, Tomma Abts, than anyone else. To write a successful book about this world, a writer must bring something extra in the way of insight or argument.
What Seven Days in the Art World lacks, fatally, is a point a view; a sense of investigation as well as observation; a little polemical verve to pull the reader along. Thornton never adequately explains how an artist comes to be considered worthy of critical or commercial attention.
I still don't know why, exactly, the likes of Dwight Titan hanker after Jeff Koons, though Roberta Smith, the powerful and waspish art critic of the New York Times, brilliantly sums up the art of criticism itself when she says: 'You put into words something that everyone has seen.
That click from language back into the memory bank of experience is so exquisite. It is like having your vision spanked. Thornton describes everything: every lunch, every fashion statement 'a petite curator in low-rise black jeans that revealed a hint of midriff briefed the crowd' , every object 'he stared into a well-used cut-glass ashtray' - but never for any other reason than to prove that she was there.
A lot of non-fiction being published at the moment seems to be all style and posturing and no hard graft. This book is all graft and not a lot else. What, I wonder, does Thornton really think about what money has done to art?
Does its corrosive influence ultimately matter?