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Sarah Thorton’s amusing Seven Days in the Art World leads its reader on a voyeuristic trip through seven distinct but interwoven sectors of the contemporary art world. An art world insider herself, Thorton is a New Yorker and ArtForum.com contributor, the author’s status allows her access to the upper echelons of the modern art world. The inner workings of a Christie’s auction, a critiquing session at the California Institute of Arts, the corporate like studio’s of the artist Takashi Murakami, and more are seperate chapters in which Thorton presents just the right mix of detail (In the hyper status-aware world of modern art, I think it does matter what the people are wearing and Thornton lets you know), subjectivity, and straight reporting. Weather you consider contemporary art worthy of the attention, and exorbitant prices, it commands or hold to the “a child could do that!” school of thought, you won’t find anything in the book that will sway your opinion either way. But no matter what side of the argument you fall, you will surely be entertained by Thorton's conversational style and the fascinating, absurd, and rich world she describes. For more insight into the contemporary art world see Donald Thompson’s The $12 Million Stuffed Shark: The Curious Economics of Contemporary Art.
Seven Days in the Art World