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Publisher Comments:

The art market has been booming. Museum attendance is surging. More people than ever call themselves artists. Contemporary art has become a mass entertainment, a luxury good, a job description, and, for some, a kind of alternative religion.

In a series of beautifully paced narratives, Sarah Thornton investigates the drama of a Christie's auction, the workings in Takashi Murakami's studios, the elite at the Basel Art Fair, the eccentricities of Artforum magazine, the competition behind an important art prize, life in a notorious art-school seminar, and the wonderland of the Venice Biennale. She reveals the new dynamics of creativity, taste, status, money, and the search for meaning in life. A judicious and juicy account of the institutions that have the power to shape art history, based on hundreds of interviews with high-profile players, Thornton's entertaining ethnography will change the way you look at contemporary culture.

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The contemporary art world is in a state of financial crisis. Following years of vertiginous growth, the auctions at Christie's and Sotheby's earlier this month failed to find buyers for nearly a third of their offerings and elicited such sparse bidding for blue-chip artists including Richard Prince and Takashi Murakami that the prominent collector Eli Broad wryly dubbed the proceedings a "half-price... Washington Post Book Review (read the entire Washington Post review)

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Named one of the best art books of 2008 by The New York Timesand The Sunday Times[London]: 'An indelible portrait of a peculiar society."Vogue

Synopsis:

'An indelible portrait of a peculiar society."Vogue

Synopsis:

A fly-on-the-wall account of the smart and strange subcultures that make, trade, curate, collect, and hype contemporary art.

About the Author

Sarah Thornton is a freelance writer who contributes to The New Yorker, BBC-TV, and Artforum.com. She has degrees in art history and sociology. She lives in London.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780393067224
Author:
Thornton, Sarah
Publisher:
W. W. Norton & Company
Subject:
Business Aspects
Subject:
Art
Subject:
Marketing
Subject:
History - Contemporary (1945- )
Subject:
Criticism
Subject:
Criticism -- Theory.
Subject:
Art -- Marketing.
Subject:
Art - General
Copyright:
Publication Date:
November 2008
Binding:
Hardcover
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
8 illustrations
Pages:
304
Dimensions:
8.5 x 6 x 1.1 in 1.025 lb

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Product details 304 pages W. W. Norton & Company - English 9780393067224 Reviews:
"Synopsis" by , Named one of the best art books of 2008 by The New York Timesand The Sunday Times[London]: 'An indelible portrait of a peculiar society."Vogue
"Synopsis" by , 'An indelible portrait of a peculiar society."Vogue
"Synopsis" by , A fly-on-the-wall account of the smart and strange subcultures that make, trade, curate, collect, and hype contemporary art.
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