December Read: Seven Days in the Art World

This week’s read: Seven Days in the Art World by Sarah Thornton. During these seven days, 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. At the California Institute of Arts, where sessions of group criticism last so long that participating students take naps, get on with their knitting and order in pizza, a student tells her: “Creative is definitely a dirty word … it’s almost as embarrassing as beautiful or sublime.” Read more about or purchase at Amazon.

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