- Paperback: 320 pages
- Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company; 1 edition (November 2, 2009)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 9780393337129
- ISBN-13: 978-0393337129
- ASIN: 039333712X
- Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.8 x 8.3 inches
- Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 161 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #59,522 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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About the Author
Sarah Thornton's Seven Days in the Art World was named one of the best art books of the year by the New York Times and is available in sixteen languages. She was the chief writer on contemporary art for the Economist. She holds a BA in art history and a PhD in sociology.
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The book is divided into seven chapters, each elucidating one specific aspect of the art world. These chapters are:
The Auction - About a Christie's big-time auction in New York
The Crit - About an art criticism class at CalArts
The Fair - The Basel Art Fair in Switzerland
The Prize - The in's and out's of the Turner prize, awarded by Britain's Tate Museum
The Magazine - About Artforum, an art magazine
The Studio Visit - Takeshi Murakami's studio and his work as an artist and entrepreneur
The Biennale - The Venice Biennale (or Studio 54 revisited)
The commodification of art along with the hierarchy of dealers, collectors, curators and artists is in place all along the art feeding chain. While it was no surprise to me, it edified the sad state of the affairs in the art world. This book was written during the economic and art boom so the situation has likely changed along with the expendable money available to hedge fund founders and the general public.
I was amazed to find out that one can not just buy art. Dealers like to choose who they will sell art to - they want art to go to an A-list collector and often collectors get on line to buy a piece of art by a particular artist. Production often does not meet the needs of consumption.
If you are interested in details of the art world, you might enjoy this book. If you're easily jaded or have a weak stomach, I'd skip it. It goes into all the gory details of every aspect of art, from the artist who produces the work on up (or is it down)