Seven Days in the Art World by Sarah Thornton
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
An ethnographic and sociologic research of the art world, mostly in a sense of the art market. The art itself is not a subject of this wonderfully written memoir, but rather what surrounds it - collectors, dealers, critics, curators, and the infrastructure of the art fairs and exhibitions.
As much as I enjoyed reading this book, I couldn't shake a feeling of the art world being influenced and run by just a few charismatic A-level gatekeepers, who meet and have their cappuccinos in just a few well-known airports, cities, and events.
A perfect airplane read: funny; well-researched; not too snobbish or cynical; detailed and eye-opening.
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