Seven Days in the Art World Book
Score: 3.5
From 177 Ratings

Seven Days in the Art World

  • Author : Sarah Thornton
  • Publisher : W. W. Norton & Company
  • Release Date : 2008-11-17
  • Genre: Art
  • Pages : 304
  • ISBN 10 : 9780393071054

Seven Days in the Art World Excerpt :

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

Seven Days in the Art World Book
Score: 3.5
From 180 Ratings

Seven Days in the Art World

  • Author : Sarah Thornton
  • Publisher : W. W. Norton & Company
  • Release Date : 2008-11-09
  • Genre: Art
  • Pages : 304
  • ISBN 10 : 039306722X

Seven Days in the Art World Excerpt :

Shares observations about the subculture of contemporary art, in a narrative account that tours such arenas as a Christie's auction, Takashi Murakami's studios, and the Basel Art Fair to reveal how art has become an entertainment venue, luxury commodity, and lifestyle choice. 30,000 first printing.

Seven Days In The Art World Book
Score: 3.5
From 176 Ratings

Seven Days In The Art World

  • Author : Sarah Thornton
  • Publisher : Granta Books
  • Release Date : 2012-03-08
  • Genre: Art
  • Pages : 304
  • ISBN 10 : 9781847086938

Seven Days In The Art World Excerpt :

Contemporary art has become a mass entertainment, a luxury good, a job description and, for some, a kind of alternative religion. Sarah Thornton's shrewd and entertaining fly-on-the-wall narrative takes us behind the scenes of the art world, from art school to auction house, showing us how it works, and giving us a vivid sense of being there.

33 Artists in 3 Acts Book

33 Artists in 3 Acts

  • Author : Sarah Thornton
  • Publisher : W. W. Norton & Company
  • Release Date : 2014-11-03
  • Genre: Art
  • Pages : 448
  • ISBN 10 : 9780393245813

33 Artists in 3 Acts Excerpt :

This compelling narrative goes behind the scenes with the world’s most important living artists to humanize and demystify contemporary art. The best-selling author of Seven Days in the Art World now tells the story of the artists themselves—how they move through the world, command credibility, and create iconic works. 33 Artists in 3 Acts offers unprecedented access to a dazzling range of artists, from international superstars to unheralded art teachers. Sarah Thornton's beautifully paced, fly-on-the-wall narratives include visits with Ai Weiwei before and after his imprisonment and Jeff Koons as he woos new customers in London, Frankfurt, and Abu Dhabi. Thornton meets Yayoi Kusama in her studio around the corner from the Tokyo asylum that she calls home. She snoops in Cindy Sherman’s closet, hears about Andrea Fraser’s psychotherapist, and spends quality time with Laurie Simmons, Carroll Dunham, and their daughters Lena and Grace. Through these intimate scenes, 33 Artists in 3 Acts explores what it means to be a real artist in the real world. Divided into three cinematic "acts"—politics, kinship, and craft—it investigates artists' psyches, personas, politics, and social networks. Witnessing their crises and triumphs, Thornton turns a wry, analytical eye on their different answers to the question "What is an artist?" 33 Artists in 3 Acts reveals the habits and attributes of successful artists, offering insight into the way these driven and inventive people play their game. In a time when more and more artists oversee the production of their work, rather than make it themselves, Thornton shows how an artist’s radical vision and personal confidence can create audiences for their work, and examines the elevated role that artists occupy as essential figures in our culture.

A Year in the Art World Book

A Year in the Art World

  • Author : Matthew Israel
  • Publisher : Thames & Hudson
  • Release Date : 2020-09-15
  • Genre: Art
  • Pages : 256
  • ISBN 10 : 9780500775585

A Year in the Art World Excerpt :

An insider’s detailed chronicle of the inner workings of the contemporary art world. The world of contemporary art has become more globalized and transparent in the last few decades, yet it is still perceived as closed-off and obscure. In A Year in the Art World, Matthew Israel takes the reader on a cross-continental journey through a year in the field of art, lifting the veil on a culture that emerges as diverse, adventurous, nuanced, and meaningful. From Los Angeles and New York to Paris and Hong Kong, Israel encounters artists, curators, critics, gallerists, and institutions, uncovering the working lives of these art-world figures from the renowned to the unseen. Drawing on exclusive interviews and expertly researched content, Israel ventures into the inner workings of the art industry to ask: What is it that people in the art world actually do? What drives interest in working with art? How do artworks acquire value? And how has technology transformed today’s art world? Anchoring the narrative in the history, economics, and cultural dynamics of the field, this fascinating story reveals how “the art world” describes a realm that is both surprisingly vast and deeply interconnected.

Art on the Block Book

Art on the Block

  • Author : Ann Fensterstock
  • Publisher : St. Martin's Press
  • Release Date : 2013-09-17
  • Genre: Art
  • Pages : 288
  • ISBN 10 : 9781137364739

Art on the Block Excerpt :

A fascinating tour of the last five decades of contemporary art in New York City, showing how artists are catalysts of gentrification and how neighborhoods in turn shape their art--with special insights into the work of artists such as Jean-Michel Basquiat, Cindy Sherman, and Jeff Koons Stories of New York City's fabled art scene conjure up artists' lofts in SoHo, studios in Brooklyn, and block after block of galleries in Chelsea. But today, no artist can afford a SoHo loft, Brooklyn has long gentrified, and even the galleries of Chelsea are beginning to move on. Art on the Block takes the reader on a journey through the neighborhoods that shape, and are shaped by, New York's ever-evolving art world. Based on interviews with over 150 gallery directors, as well as the artists themselves, art historian and cultural commentator Ann Fensterstock explores the genesis, expansion, maturation and ultimate restless migration of the New York art world from one initially undiscovered neighborhood to the next. Opening with the colonization of the desolate South Houston Industrial District in the late 1960s, the book follows the art world's subsequent elopements to the East Village in the ‘80s, Brooklyn in the mid-90s, Chelsea at the beginning of the new millennium and, most recently, to the Lower East Side. With a look to the newest neighborhoods that artists are just now beginning to occupy, this is a must-read for both art enthusiasts as well as anyone with a passion for New York City.

Boom Book
Score: 2
From 1 Ratings


  • Author : Michael Shnayerson
  • Publisher : PublicAffairs
  • Release Date : 2019-05-21
  • Genre: Art
  • Pages : 464
  • ISBN 10 : 9781610398411

Boom Excerpt :

The meteoric rise of the largest unregulated financial market in the world-for contemporary art-is driven by a few passionate, guileful, and very hard-nosed dealers. They can make and break careers and fortunes. The contemporary art market is an international juggernaut, throwing off multimillion-dollar deals as wealthy buyers move from fair to fair, auction to auction, party to glittering party. But none of it would happen without the dealers-the tastemakers who back emerging artists and steer them to success, often to see them picked off by a rival. Dealers operate within a private world of handshake agreements, negotiating for the highest commissions. Michael Shnayerson, a longtime contributing editor to Vanity Fair, writes the first ever definitive history of their activities. He has spoken to all of today's so-called mega dealers-Larry Gagosian, David Zwirner, Arne and Marc Glimcher, and Iwan Wirth-along with dozens of other dealers-from Irving Blum to Gavin Brown-who worked with the greatest artists of their times: Jackson Pollock, Andy Warhol, Cy Twombly, and more. This kaleidoscopic history begins in the mid-1940s in genteel poverty with a scattering of galleries in midtown Manhattan, takes us through the ramshackle 1950s studios of Coenties Slip, the hipster locations in SoHo and Chelsea, London's Bond Street, and across the terraces of Art Basel until today. Now, dealers and auctioneers are seeking the first billion-dollar painting. It hasn't happened yet, but they are confident they can push the price there soon.

Art   Crime Book

Art Crime

  • Author : Stefan Koldehoff
  • Publisher : Seven Stories Press
  • Release Date : 2022-07-12
  • Genre: Art
  • Pages : 351
  • ISBN 10 : 9781644211205

Art Crime Excerpt :

A thrilling, eye-popping look at true crime in the billion-dollar art world. The art world is one of the most secretive of global businesses, and the list of its crimes runs long and deep. Today, with prices in the hundreds of millions for individual artworks, and billionaires' collections among the most conspicuous and liquid of their assets, crime is more rampant than ever in this largely unregulated universe. Increased prices and globalization have introduced new levels of fraud and malfeasance into the art world--everything from "artnapping," in which an artwork is held hostage and only returned for a ransom, to forgery and tax fraud. However, the extent of the economic and cultural damage that results from criminality in the global art scene rarely comes to light. The stories of high-stakes, brazen art crimes told by art experts Stefan Koldehoff and Tobias Timm are by turns thrilling, disturbing, and unbelievable (the imagination for using art to commit crimes seems boundless). The authors also provide a well-founded analysis of what needs to change in the art market and at museums. From the authors of False Pictures, Real Money (about the Beltracchi art forgery case), Art and Crime includes a chapter on art owned by Donald Trump. It is a thoroughly researched, explosive, and highly topical book that uncovers the extraordinary and multifarious thefts of art and cultural objects around the world.

Art World Book

Art World

  • Author : Barbara Guggenheim
  • Publisher : Unknown
  • Release Date : 2016
  • Genre: Art
  • Pages : 409
  • ISBN 10 : 0990560279

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Artworld Prestige Book

Artworld Prestige

  • Author : Timothy Van Laar
  • Publisher : Oxford University Press
  • Release Date : 2013-01-09
  • Genre: Art
  • Pages : 224
  • ISBN 10 : 9780199311446

Artworld Prestige Excerpt :

Why does the artworld often privilege one cultural form over another? Why does it grant more attention to reviews in, say, Artforum over ARTnews? And how can an artist once hailed as visionary be dismissed as derivative just a few years later? Exploring the ever-shifting estimations of value that make up the confluence of artists, critics, patrons, and gallery owners known as the artworld, Timothy van Laar and Leonard Diepeveen argue that prestige, a matter of socially constructed deference and conferral, plays an indispensable role in the attention and reception given to modern and contemporary art. After an initial chapter that develops a theory of prestige and the poignancy of its loss, the book looks at how arguments of prestige function in systems of representation, various media, and art's relationship to affect. It considers twentieth-century artists who moved not away from, but toward figuration; looks at what is at stake in the recurrent argument about the death of painting; examines the decline and an apparent return of sensual pleasure as a central attribute of visual art; and concludes with a look at the peculiar function of prestige in outsider art. Illustrated with artwork by David Park, Jorge Pardo, Gerhard Richter, Anish Kapoor, Cecily Brown, Howard Finster, and others, Artworld Prestige provides an engaging guide to the changes, debates, and shifts that animate aesthetic judgments.

Breakfast at Sotheby s Book
Score: 3
From 2 Ratings

Breakfast at Sotheby s

  • Author : Philip Hook
  • Publisher : Penguin UK
  • Release Date : 2013-11-07
  • Genre: Art
  • Pages : 192
  • ISBN 10 : 9780718192464

Breakfast at Sotheby s Excerpt :

Breakfast at Sotheby's is a wry, intimate, truly insider-y exploration of how art acquires its financial value, from Philip Hook, a senior director at Sotheby's When you stand in front of a work of art in a museum or exhibition, the first two questions you normally ask yourself are 1) Do I like it? And 2) Who's it by? When you stand in front of a work of art in an auction room or dealer's gallery, you ask these two questions followed by others: how much is it worth? how much will it be worth in five or ten years' time? and what will people think of me if they see it hanging on my wall? Breakfast at Sotheby's is a guide to how people reach answers to such questions, and how in the process art is given a financial value. Fascinating and highly subjective, built on thirty-five years' experience of the art market, Philip Hook explores the artist and his hinterland (including -isms, middle-brow artists, Gericault and suicides), subject and style (from abstract art and banality through surrealism and war), "wall-power", provenance and market weather, in which the trade of the art market is examined and at one point compared to the football transfer market. Comic, revealing, piquant, splendid and absurd, Breakfast at Sotheby's is a book of pleasure and intelligent observation, as engaged with art as it is with the world that surrounds it. Philip Hook is a director and senior paintings specialist at Sotheby's. He has worked in the art world for thirty-five years during which time he has also been a director of Christie's and an international art dealer. He is the author of five novels and two works of art history, including The Ultimate Trophy, a history of the Impressionist Painting. Hook has appeared regularly on television, from 1978-2003 on the BBC's Antiques Roadshow.

The Contemporaries Book

The Contemporaries

  • Author : Roger White
  • Publisher : Bloomsbury Publishing USA
  • Release Date : 2015-03-03
  • Genre: Art
  • Pages : 288
  • ISBN 10 : 9781620400951

The Contemporaries Excerpt :

It's been nearly a century since Marcel Duchamp exhibited a urinal and called it art. Since then, painting has been declared dead several times over, and contemporary art has now expanded to include just about any object, action, or event: dance routines, slideshows, functional hair salons, seemingly random accretions of waste. In the meantime, being an artist has gone from a join-the-circus fantasy to a plausible vocation for scores of young people in America. But why--and how and by whom--does all this art get made? How is it evaluated? And for what, if anything, will today's artists be remembered? In The Contemporaries, Roger White, himself a young painter, serves as our spirited, skeptical guide through this diffuse creative world. White takes us into the halls of the RISD graduate program, where students learn critical lessons that go far beyond how to apply paint to canvases. In New York, we meet the neophytes who assist established artists--and who walk the fine line between "assistance" and "making the art." In Milwaukee, White trails a group of friends trying to create a viable scene where rent is cheap, but where the spotlight rarely shines. And he gives us an intimate perspective on three wildly different careers: that of Dana Schutz, an emerging star who is revitalizing painting; Mary Walling Blackburn, whose challenging art defies market forces; and Stephen Kaltenbach, a '70s wunderkind who is back on the critical radar, perhaps in spite of his own willful obscurity. From young artists trying to elbow their way in to those working hard at dropping out, White's essential book offers a once-in-a-generation glimpse of the inner workings of the American art world at a moment of unparalleled ambition, uncertainty, and creative exuberance.

Art and the Global Economy Book

Art and the Global Economy

  • Author : John Zarobell
  • Publisher : Univ of California Press
  • Release Date : 2017-04-18
  • Genre: Art
  • Pages : 340
  • ISBN 10 : 9780520291522

Art and the Global Economy Excerpt :

Introduction : measuring the economy of the arts -- Museums in flux -- The exhibitionary complex -- Art and the global marketplace -- Conclusion : non-profits and artist collectives as market alternatives

How To Be An Artist Book

How To Be An Artist

  • Author : DK
  • Publisher : Penguin
  • Release Date : 2021-06-08
  • Genre: Juvenile Nonfiction
  • Pages : 144
  • ISBN 10 : 9780744051155

How To Be An Artist Excerpt :

A fun-filled art activity ebook that will encourage kids to express themselves while teaching them about key artistic styles and a selection of pioneering artists from history. Explore your creative side as you discover the artist that lies within. Each of the fun activities included in this ebook will teach you about a different area of art and design. Learn about the history and theory of art before getting your hands dirty while creating your very own masterpieces. With more than 30 activities designed to encourage and stimulate even the most reluctant artist, How to Be an Artist gets the creative juices flowing. From mark making to woodworking, and photography to sculpture, there's a project for every art aficionado to get into. Perfect for children ages 7-9, the activities not only instil a passion for art, but also help kids learn about how art fits into the world of STEAM. Famous artist pages teach children about the pioneers of artistic movements, such as Andy Warhol, Joan Miro, and Pablo Picasso. Different artistic disciplines are explained in the topic pages. From the basics, such as composition and perspective, to the trickier techniques of illusion and graphic design, this art activity ebook for kids has it all.

Why Art Photography  Book

Why Art Photography

  • Author : Lucy Soutter
  • Publisher : Routledge
  • Release Date : 2018-01-17
  • Genre: Art
  • Pages : 172
  • ISBN 10 : 9781351982573

Why Art Photography Excerpt :

The second edition of Why Art Photography? is an updated, expanded introduction to the ideas behind today’s striking photographic images. Lively, accessible discussions of key issues such as ambiguity, objectivity, fiction, authenticity, and photography’s expanding field are supplemented with new material around timely topics such as globalization, selfie culture, and photographers’ use of advanced digital technologies, including CGI and virtual reality. The new edition includes: an expanded introduction extended chapters featuring emerging trends a larger selection of images, including new color images an improved and expanded bibliography. This new edition is essential for students looking to enrich their understanding of photography as a complex and multi-faceted art form.