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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 World, or Let’s Go! Art World, or How to Travel the Art World with No Money and Without Leaving Your Couch. It’s Seven Days, which is the length of time most tourists give to some “foreign locale.” In seven days, you won’
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? What makes a good one?”
Granted, the less the reader knows about art, I imagine, the more interesting the book would be.
She loves describing what people are wearing, as in, “Gladstone is dressed entirely
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 the studio of Japanese artist Takashi Murakami
* a trip to the Venice Biennale
Overall it was an easy read, but as an artist it bothered me.
I have been to an art auction at Sothebys and have personally, gone through many criti