Imagine being handed a VIP card to every major circle of the art world. Then try to convince yourself whether or not you can withstand the pressure, the glamor, the expectation, the academia, and the absurd amounts of money being spent. Art historian and sociologistSarah Thornton
goes on safari in the contemporary art jungle with her widely acclaimed 2008 book,Seven Days in the Art World
Reading like a hybrid between US Magazine, The Great Gatsby, and Andy Warhol's party schedule, Thornton's work keenly observes all manners of contemporary art professionals in the style of a witty, often gossipy diarist. Intrigued? Read it this week and then show up for the Miami Art Museum book group, which discusses Seven Days in the Art World next Tuesday.
The book is divided into different sectors of the art world: an art
auction (at Christie's), an art school (CalArts), an art prize (the
Turner), a biennale (Venice), an art fair (Basel), a magazine
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(Artforum), and an artist's studio (Murakami). The book even has a trailer, 'cause we live in the future.