33 Artists in 3 Acts

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W. W. Norton & Company
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5.56 X 0.81 X 8.27 inches | 0.76 pounds

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About the Author

Sarah Thornton is a sociologist and author of three critically acclaimed books, including the international bestseller Seven Days in the Art World. She was a scholar-in-residence at University of California, Berkeley, for three years while writing Tits Up. She lives in San Francisco, California.


Will startle even art-world insiders.
Another art world page turner.
[T]he Jane Goodall of the art world
How can one be a real artist in the real world? Thornton sets off to find out, meeting and debating with many of the most important artists around the globe. Credibility, integrity, legitimacy, recognition and truth in art are all tackled here. While the basis of the book is contemporary art, the themes are of universal interest.
Engaging and ingenious.
A masterful picture of 33 artists, keenly bringing details of their lives to the surface with a skilled hand...With effortless sophistication, Thornton takes readers on a journey across the globe and into the homes and minds of contemporary artists. In the process, she banishes cynicism about modern art, revealing it to be a volatile, healthy enterprise still deeply engaged with the world.
A vivid and entertaining read...Thornton meets some interesting artists and her direction can be playful. Her interviews with Andrea Fraser stand out, as do all her meetings with Ai Weiwei.
Thornton nails some wonderful portraits of the people that, well, do wonderful portraits. These characters are no longer creators of icons but icons themselves and Thornton is in the front pew--but taking notes, not praying at all.
Inspiring--as unique as each of the artists featured.--Carolina A. Miranda
A readable, approachable introduction to the rock stars of [contemporary art] and their work.--Kevin O'Kelly