Seven Days in the Art World

Seven Days in the Art World

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 alternativ Named one of the best art books of 2008 by The New York Times and The Sunday Times [London]: ?An indelible po...

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Title:Seven Days in the Art World
Author:Sarah Thornton
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Genres:Art
ISBN:Seven Days in the Art World
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Edition Language:English
Format Type:Paperback
Number of Pages:320 pages pages

Seven Days in the Art World Reviews

  • Lydia Presley
    Jul 14, 2010
    This book almost went in my unable to finish shelf. First, a bit of history about this book. The book club I attended chose this book for July's read. It was a complete accident that this book got chosen as we are, technically, a Fiction Book Club. But the cover looked interesting a...
  • K
    Apr 10, 2018
    "Art is religion for atheists" was a new idea by me, so that was fun. I got a little lost with the names and just sort of let the venues of each chapter wash over me during walks. It gave me bits to think about, and honestly left me a little despairing of having any part in "true art" ...
  • Jim
    Oct 09, 2009
    In spite of her apparent hopes that this book might be a ethnology of the art world, it comes across a group of magazine articles that describe seven events -- an auction, an art fair, a biennial, etc. -- and how they contribute to the economics of the art world, how things are sold, a...
  • Vtlozano
    Dec 03, 2008
    An entertaining tour of the contemporary art world: from auction to artist to museum to art magazine to art fair. Occasionally lapses into a bit of anthropological analysis, but stays mostly in a strong, detailed, and enjoyable descriptions of the funny animals in the art zoo. Strong r...
  • Andypants
    Sep 08, 2010
    This book comes across as a mix of reportage and ethnography, with a feel of being a related series of magazine articles rather than a normally structured non-fiction book. I like that, since most introductions can be skipped if you plan on reading the whole book, and most conclusions ...
  • Arwen Downs
    Jul 05, 2009
    I am sure that most readers of this book also chose it because we will never be able to attend a Christie's Post-war art auction, the Venice Bienniale, or the Basel Art Fair except vicariously through Sarah Thornton. Lucky for us, she does so with grace and wit and every other attribut...
  • Judy
    Mar 25, 2009
    If you are confused by the contemporary art scene, this book is a great introduction. It does not explain the art itself, just the art WORLD. Each chapter represents a "day" (or several) at a different art-related location: an art auction at Christie's in New York, a criticism session ...
  • Ron
    Nov 10, 2008
    Thornton plunges into a full-immersion study of seven radically different environments of the art world, from a Christie's auction to an open crit session at CalArt, from the Japanese studios of Takashi Murakami to the Venice Biennale, and records what she sees and hears. Several sets ...
  • Heather
    Aug 11, 2008
    I got to read an advanced copy of this book and write a blurb about it for the magazine. Sooo, not only did reading this book make me feel extremely cool, it was also a really enjoyable read. Thornton is a "cat on the prowl" in the most important (and impenetrable) centers of the conte...
  • Abbi Dion
    Jan 05, 2012
    A terrific read. Some of Thornton's interviews contain breathtaking definitions and questions of art and/or the artist. "A protest against forgetting" - Eric Hobsbawn, quoted by Hans Ulrich Obrist "[...] do you choose somebody to make history or do you confirm history?" Andrea Rose...
  • Troy
    Nov 01, 2013
    I hate this book. Or more accurately, I hate what this book focuses on. Now I need to state that my hatred is pretty moronic. The book is titled Seven Days in the Art World, which very clearly labels it as a tourist's guidebook, so it might as well be labelled Lonely Planet: Art Wor...
  • cicie
    Jan 12, 2009
    a cursory glimpse into the different facets of the art world today. it was cool to recognize many of the names and i found the chapter on artforum to be the most interesting. the subject of my master's thesis got the last word which was cool however, the author seemed more interested i...
  • Lobstergirl
    Jan 09, 2012
    Thornton's narrative seemed to lose a little of its zest as it wended to a close. Early chapters on a Christie's auction of contemporary art, and a visit to the Art Basel fair were most interesting. It was instructive to learn how buying from a gallery is different from buying at aucti...
  • Sofia
    Jun 10, 2010
    Posted on my book blog. In the world that surrounds us, there are many smaller "worlds" that regular people don't usually have access to. Some, like the medical or forensic experts world, are explored through popular TV shows and mass media culture, so that the general population, n...
  • Justin Evans
    Jan 23, 2016
    A fun, deceptively sophisticated jog through one very small aspect of "the art world." And that aspect is, overwhelmingly, the economic. This is a book about how rich people have nothing to do with their enormous amounts of money, so they spend it on objects that may or may not be of a...
  • Karyn
    Mar 02, 2018
    The marketing and legitimizing of current art for the wealthy elites is repulsive to me on almost every level. Recommended for those with a strong stomach and ability to tolerate this focus on the privileged few, who may or may not have any regard or insight into artistic legacy. ...
  • Carol
    Dec 09, 2011
    Overview - It's a book about 7 different environments of the art world: * an auction (at Christie's in NYC) - below * a MFA crit session (at CalArt) -below * a visit to the Basel art fair (Switzerland) * the Turner prize in London * a visit to Artforum (magazine) * a visit to ...
  • Mary
    Jun 10, 2012
    For someone who "writes about the art world and art market for many publications," Thornton asks some pretty lame questions. She seems, overall, clueless about art. Her deep, probing interview questions are "What do artists learn at art school? What is an artist? How do you become one?...
  • Austin Kleon
    Jan 06, 2010
    My wife got me this after reading one of Thornton?s articles. After reading it, I understood the art world better, and wanted less to do with it than before. ...
  • Olga Zbranek Biernátová
    Oct 23, 2016
    ?Byl nejvy?? ?as, aby Turnerovu cenu dostal hrn?? transvestita!? ?t?te celou recenzi: http://bit.ly/recenze-sedm-dni-ve-sve... ...
  • Richard
    Dec 09, 2012
    Not necessarily for everyone, but if you are interested in art and how money moves and hype works in the art world it is a delicious and well researched close-up look into all aspects of the art market. Thornton's book takes a look at the art college, the gallery, the auctioneer, t...
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    Dec 28, 2011
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  • Lance Charnes
    Jun 01, 2014
    This is an anthropological study of a murky subculture given to bizarre rituals, riven by tribal conflict and prone to madness...the world of contemporary art. Sarah Thornton, our intrepid guide, comes at this woolly subject from different angles -- seven of them, to be precise, each s...
  • Trang Minh Hoang
    Feb 27, 2017
    This book may not be preferred by artists in general but a good choice for people who do not work in the art field like me but still want to discover this diverse world. Not until had I read this book did I realize that the art world is a really complicated one. It does not only involv...
  • Quân Khuê
    Sep 16, 2017
    Mua vui c?ng ???c m?t vi tr?ng canh ...
  • Olivia McHugh
    Jun 28, 2015
    i haven't technically finished reading this book, but i have FINISHED READING THIS BOOK oh my god ...
  • Sergio
    Aug 31, 2017
    If you want to understand the art world and how money commands it, that's a good start! ...
  • Nhung Pham
    Mar 17, 2017
    ?y h?n l cu?n sch gi?i thi?u v? ngh? thu?t ??u tin v li cu?n nh?t ti t?ng ??c. L?i hnh v?n thng minh, kho lo nh?ng khng bng b?y c?ng v?i ch?t l??ng b?n d?ch st ngh?a v t??ng x?ng l ?i?m c?ng l?n c...
  • Nina
    Nov 21, 2017
    Fokusirano je na ekonomsku stranu umetnosti, a to me, poga?ate, ne zanima. ...
  • QueenAmidala28
    Oct 18, 2017
    Technically a 4.5. New topic for me but loved every bit of it. "The Studio Visit" with Murakami was my favorite interview - yea I am partial to anything and anyone Japanese but Thornton did a great job at highlighting Murakamis work and not just this crazed always on the move with huge...