Seven Days In The Art World by Sarah ThorntonSeven Days In The Art World by Sarah Thornton

Seven Days In The Art World

bySarah Thornton

Paperback | October 27, 2009

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"An indelible portrait of a peculiar society." —Vogue

Sarah Thornton's vivid ethnography—an international hit, now available in twenty translations—reveals the inner workings of the sophisticated subcultures that make up the contemporary art world. In a series of day-in-the-life narratives set in New York, Los Angeles, London, Basel, Venice, and Tokyo, Seven Days in the Art World explores the dynamics of creativity, taste, status, money, and the search for meaning in life.

Sarah Thornton's Seven Days in the Art World was named one of the best art books of the year by the New York Times and is available in sixteen languages. She was the chief writer on contemporary art for the Economist. She holds a BA in art history and a PhD in sociology.
Title:Seven Days In The Art WorldFormat:PaperbackProduct dimensions:256 pages, 8.24 × 5.46 × 0.75 inShipping dimensions:8.24 × 5.46 × 0.75 inPublished:October 27, 2009Publisher:WW NortonLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:039333712X

ISBN - 13:9780393337129


Rated 3 out of 5 by from would not sell at auction Some of this stuff is unreadable. The author is not a great writer by any stretch. Too many boring passages and not enough verve or style. Stick with the $12 Million Dollar Shark for better writing on the modern art world.
Date published: 2016-12-13
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Excellent a fantastic book inside the art world, Galleries, Museums, Auction Houses, Art School Crits.
Date published: 2011-12-18

Editorial Reviews

A field guide to the nomadic tribes of the contemporary art world. The book was reported and written in a heated art market, but it is poised to endure as a work of sociology.—New York Times Book ReviewThe best book yet written about the modern-art boom…a Robert Altmanesque panorama of the most important cultural phenomenon of the last ten years.—Sunday Times [London]Seven Days in the Art World…seems destined to outlive its moment…Thornton offers an indelible portrait of a peculiar society, simultaneously cutthroat and curious…glamorous yet filled with people who would have been unpopular in high school.—Leslie Camhi, VogueAn entertaining and lucid account of the mysterious ways of contemporary art…[Thornton] does well to resist the temptation to draw any glib, overarching conclusions. There is more than enough in her rigorous, precise reportage…for the reader to make his or her own connections.—Peter Aspden, Financial Times[An] intelligently written…refreshingly open-minded exploration.—Washington PostA terrific book—detailed, gossipy, and insightful…By the end of the book, you almost understand how [Steve] Cohen could shell out $8 million for a rotting 14-foot shark pickled in formaldehyde.—BusinessWeekA one-stop tutorial on an often insular subculture…light-hearted but sociologically acute.—TimeFinely wrought and thoroughly researched…[with] an ingenious structure…and spot-on characterizations…the author draws readers into the experience…[with her] infectious curiosity and meticulous reporting.—Annie Buckley, Artweek