Book Review - Seven Days in the Art World

Sarah Thornton's Seven Days in the Art World is a thorough overview of the cultural sociology of the art industry and its academic sphere. Thornton, who has a BA in art history and a PhD in cultural sociology, takes the art world and analyses it from the inside with a grounded outsider point of view. She discusses the seven main aspects of the art world; the auction, the crit, the fair, the prize, the magazine, the studio visit and the biennale. The book is informative as well as comedic. Thornton has the ability to demonstrate the ups and downs of the art world with sympathy as well as the occasional poke. She has been called "Britain's hippest academic" and her book carries the same feel - intellectual but definitely hip - a worthwhile read for sure.

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