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33 Artists in 3 Acts By Sarah Thornton

33 Artists in 3 Acts

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A generational touchstone by the leading authority on the art world, a captivating book in three parts which seeks to answer the contentious question 'What is an Artist?'
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33 Artists in 3 Acts by Sarah Thornton

Is being an artist a radical form of entrepreneurship or a vocational calling like the priesthood? Is it an extension of philosophy or an offshoot of entertainment? In three richly interlinked but distinct 'acts' - Politics, Kinship and Craft - Sarah Thornton compares and contrasts answers to the simple but profound question: what is an artist? 33 Artists in 3 Acts draws on hundreds of personal encounters with the world's most important artists, to ask what it means to be making artworks in different parts of the world today. With Thornton as expert guide and trusted insider, we have unprecedented access to the lives of the artists, from late-night Skype chats with Ai Weiwei to taxi rides with Maurizio Cattelan on the way to and from the show that announces his death. We join Thornton as she rummages through artists' studios, homes and solo shows, inquiring about everything from their bank accounts to their bedrooms. The result is a series of cinematic experiences, which juxtapose artists in thought-provoking ways, and build up narratives that end with epiphanies. 33 Artists in 3 Acts is a generational touchstone, a powerful triptych and gripping anti-monograph about truth, integrity, credibility and recognition. Essential reading for anyone interested in contemporary art, this masterful act of storytelling will also delight any reader seeking to understand creative lives.

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33 Artists in 3 Acts Reviews


"Ford's forty-four authors find forty-four different ways of catching the precise moment when a heart is defined, a soul broken, a joy named. These are fictions that bring you right home to the size, threat, and wonder of reality ... a fine reminder that short stories are somewhere we can begin to live a little, be awake, feel and speak to each other." -- A. L. Kennedy

About Sarah Thornton


SARAH THORNTON is the author of the international hit Seven Days in the Art World [Granta, 2008]. She has been the chief writer on contemporary art for the Economist and a contributor to publications such as the Guardian, The Art Newspaper and the New Yorker. She has a BA in Art History and a PhD in Sociology. She lives in London.

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GOR010085881
33 Artists in 3 Acts by Sarah Thornton
Sarah Thornton
Used - Like New
Hardback
Granta Books
2014-09-24
416
178378119X
9781783781195
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Book picture is for illustrative purposes only, actual binding, cover or edition may vary.
The book has been read, but looks new. The book cover has no visible wear, and the dust jacket is included if applicable. No missing or damaged pages, no tears, possible very minimal creasing, no underlining or highlighting of text, and no writing in the margins.