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This review is from: Seven Days in the Art World (Hardcover)
Sarah Thornton's book offers an attentive, ethnographic eye to art, artists, and the world in which they exist. She writes clearly and with great attention to detail not only to the art, but the people and super-sized personalities that they house. This and her access to many of the major art events in the world (Basel etc.) kept me turning to the next page.
At one point I was a little wary of her comparisons of art to a sort of religion for some (thought it was overstated), but her arguments are strong and persuasive and she's definitely changed my mind. Also, the reader doesn't finish this book with a full understanding why some art is valued as much as it is. (But honestly, I didn't expect this. That's an answer we may never have.)
All-in-all, I have to agree with the Publisher's Weekly review above on auctions and the book as a whole. Thornton truly offers an "...elegant, evocative, sardonic view into some of the art world's most prestigious institutions."
$12 Million Stuffed Shark was the book that started this whole art book kick I'm currently on and I had to know more about the hidden quirkiness of this ever-growing area of interest. This was the next must-have on my list and I wasn't let down.
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Initial post: Oct 31, 2008 11:34:37 AM PDT
D. Moulton says:
Just for the record, I got an early copy from a publishing friend, which is why this review is up prior to publication.
Posted on Jan 23, 2009 3:11:20 PM PST
B. Evans says:
Agree with your assessment of this book and thank you for alerting me to "$12 Million Stuffed Shark," which I thought was even better.
Posted on Oct 15, 2009 8:48:16 PM PDT
Tomas DeMoss says:
I have just finished read The Twelve Million Dollar Stuffed Shark and am, like Moulton, on an art book tear. I laughed when I saw that he started with the same book. Of course I ordered this book. Thanks! Tomas DeMoss
Posted on Dec 12, 2009 3:20:14 PM PST
D. FRENETTE says:
In reply to an earlier post on Feb 7, 2010 12:37:37 PM PST
Feel free to write your own review now Frenette.
Posted on Nov 27, 2013 3:03:33 PM PST
Bruce C. Douglas says:
If you are pursuing this topic, be sure to read "The Painted Word" by Tom Wolfe. It was written 30+ years ago, and has much to say about the NY art scene then, and perhaps now as well. His book "Radical Chic and Mau-Mauing the Flack Catchers" has more to say about cultural elites that is also interesting.
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