[download Textbooks] Seven Days in the Art WorldAuthor Sarah Thornton – Vivefutbol.co

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 Seriously.Granted, the less the reader knows about art, I imagine, the interesting the book would be.She loves describing what people are wearing, as in, Gladstone is dressed entirely in black Prada Everything is written in a forced present tense, as if that would make it visceral and exciting instead of pretentious and dull She writes choppy paragraphs quoting her interview subjects Either quote them, or give us your interpretation of what they said, but please do not do both at the same time Even if Thornton is showing us the truth, that a lot of the art world is pretentious, she misses deeper truths At no time does she convey the depth of conviction that many artists have about their work, or how that depth of conviction might be shared by a viewer. I am sure that most readers of this book also chose it because we will never be able to attend a Christie s Post war art auction, the Venice Bienniale, or the Basel Art Fair except vicariously through Sarah Thornton Lucky for us, she does so with grace and wit and every other attribute I would wish to exhibit when in attendance at one of these prestigious events Not to mention her uncanny knack for never forgetting an important face or name, which would certainly be my first failing point The social butterfly aspect aside which is extremely useful in writing such a book, so it ought not be discounted , Thornton also does her homework and legwork not only did she aggressively seek out many of her interviewees, but she also worked for a number of them for various lengths of time, most notably as a writer for Artforum.com The icing on the cake for me that gained my unequivocal approval was Thornton s choice to interview Peter Schjeldahl, the art critic for the New Yorker who is my absolute favorite as far as art critics go So I guess I am biased, although her lengthy visit to Murakami s studio had the opposite effect, as his attitude toward art, process, and life reinforces the distaste I have for him that began with my dislike of his artwork But back to the book I think it sums it up that Sarah Thornton treated both my favorite critic and one of my least favorite contemporary artists in ways that were engaging and has reinforced my fascination with the art world, despite all the flaws. 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 critiques, so I could relate What bothered me was that after an artist creates their work of art , it becomes a commodity for the self centered, big money collectors It s not really about the art but about money and being in the elitist clique Initially I was reviewing each chapter until I got on the plane for a very long flight.Chapter 1 is what is happening in auction world the supply and demand of art, the different types of collectors and what 3 D reasons death, debt divorce would make a collector sell his art, why some things sells and others do not and the buzz and excitement of the auction floor of her experience at Christies in NYC I have experienced an art auction at Sothebys in NYC It is fast, shocking at times, always surprising and addicting It was interesting to see a list of 9 living female artists who are now getting over a million dollars for their work Paintings are still 1 medium especially with a buxom female being popular than a male nude Chapter 2 is all about the Crit a seminar where MFA students present their work for critique from peers as well as the teacher Thorton went to CalArts to observe Michael Asher who has been doing this with art students since 1974 It is an informal group with deep discussions A crit can be painful when artists try to rational and defend their work CalArts education is focused on cerebral than talent of the hand Interesting to me was Mary Kelly a feminist conceptualist, who taught at many large institutions like CalArt, UCLA who thought that it is fine for artists to have crits where they give an account of their intentions, but it shouldn t be the only way Kelly says to her students Never go to the wall text Never ask the artist Learn to read the work I think everyone should read the work because we are all different and no two people will process the artwork the same. This is an anthropological study of a murky subculture given to bizarre rituals, riven by tribal conflict and prone to madnessthe world of contemporary art Sarah Thornton, our intrepid guide, comes at this woolly subject from different angles seven of them, to be precise, each set in a different city shining a light on the major clans and customs The result is a surprisingly engaging account of how the frothiest end of the art market works or doesn t , written in a way that a non insider can understand.Thornton spends a day inside the New York branch of Christie s, one of the three major auction houses able to sell tens of millions of dollars worth of art in a single evening to the extraordinarily rich a crit session at CalArts, where future artists learn how to disengage their thinking processes from the real world opening day of the Venice Biennale, the art themed amusement park for the very wealthy and four other close encounters with the contemporary art scene Her you are there approach is both vivid and clear When we re not in the thick of things, she s telling us about conversations she s had with the market s movers and shakers that help explain what s going on This is a reality show begging to be made the camera follows Our Heroine as she scrambles through superstar pop artist Takashi Murakami s studios, then cuts away to a talking head interview with a guy who happens to be a top dealer or the publisher of the most influential art magazine in America, who explains it all for you.This book features a huge cast of characters Owing to the incestuous nature of their world, they all know each other, attend the same parties, used to work in each others galleries or newspapers, sometimes are or were married to each other, and speak the same obscure dialect of English Thornton a sometime reporter for The Economist does a good job differentiating the major players enough so that we can remember who they are when they pop up here and there This crowd of characters is another reason this book really wants to be made into a reality show instead of hillbillies with big beards or New Jersey midgets with precancerous tans, Seven Days gives us a magazine publisher whose suits all come in primary colors, an art professor who teaches by not saying anything, megarich collectors, Turner Prize finalists who don t know whether they really want to win, and any number of other kinds of exotic fauna.The fifth star is missing because Thornton s prism has only seven sides, which leaves out a lot of the spectrum While it s gratifyingly strange to spend time in Murakami s bizarre world, he s hardly a representative example of the non celebrity working artist We meet marquee named dealers flitting about the edges of these vignettes, but never see what they do on a day to day basis, nor do we learn what life is like for the other 95% of gallerists and dealers We re briefly exposed to the concept of private collectors starting their own museums to show off their prizes it would have been interesting to watch that process play out in front of us My own particular area of interest art crime never even gets mentioned surely Thornton could ve found a detective or insurance investigator to shadow for a day Seven Days in the Art World is a cook s tour of the contemporary art scene s 1%, the part that generates headline nine figure sales, receptions full of the glitterati, and incomprehensible statement art that will be coming soon to a museum near you Don t expect to learn much about the workaday market and the not famous people in it Look at it as true life science fiction a visit to a world full of alien creatures populating a parallel Earth on the opposite side of the Sun. Very good book about how the art world operates, from auctions to dealers to collectors. Thornton s narrative seemed to lose a little of its zest as it wended to a close Early chapters on a Christie s auction of contemporary art, and a visit to the Art Basel fair were most interesting It was instructive to learn how buying from a gallery is different from buying at auction, for example But chapters on Takashi Murakami, the magazine Artforum, and the Venice Biennale were relatively lustreless, and Thornton felt too much in the narrative she spoke a lot in the first person, it was clear she had established friendships with many of the main players she was interviewing, and it was hard not to think of her as the pretty girl at the party, drawing the attention of elderly collectors at the auctions and fairs, swimming at the pool of the Hotel Cipriani in Venice with the large bellied super rich In the chapter on Artforum, New Yorker critic Peter Schjeldahl s comments are actually a lot interesting than the ones coming from the Artforum publishers or editors Someone at Art Basel says perceptively, The amount of art in the world is a bit depressing The worst of it looks like art, but it s not It is stuff cynically made for a certain kind of collector For me Murakami s art falls in this category the worst is a pretty big category, for me , but one doesn t get the sense that Thornton felt the same way as she wrote about Murakami. I got to read an advanced copy of this book and write a blurb about it for the magazine Sooo, not only did reading this book make me feel extremely cool, it was also a really enjoyable read Thornton is a cat on the prowl in the most important and impenetrable centers of the contemporary art world Her account is gossipy and educational What could be fun Named One Of The Best Art Books Of By The New York Times And The Sunday Times London An Indelible Portrait Of A Peculiar Society Vogue 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 Illustrations Mua vui c ng c m t v i tr ng canh