So, you read Seven Days in the Art World and you’re ready for more? Good news! Sarah Thornton’s follow-up, 33 Artists in 3 Acts is another entertaining view of the art world and is available now! This book focuses on artists’ personas, politics, and personal relationships. Thornton asks, over and over, “What is an artist?” and never receives the same answer twice. How would you answer if the question were put to you?
From Book News:
Thornton, best selling author of “Seven Days in the Art World,” explores the question “what is an author” in this collection of profiles of thirty-three contemporary artists. Artists range from international superstars to art teachers. Stories are divided in to three acts: Politics, Kinship and Craft. Each “scene” provides intimate details into the author’s life and explores the triumphs, crises and habits of successful artists. Examples of each artist’s work are also included. Artists profiled include Ai Weiwei, Carroll Dunham, and Jack Bankowsky. Artists and lay people alike will find this a fascinating and enjoyable read. Annotation ©2015 Ringgold, Inc., Portland, OR (protoview.com)
The current issue of Metropolis features a cover story by Sam Jacob that asks “Is everyone a maker?”. You can read it online here. I think this kind of question appeals to our community, and could bring about some interesting discussion. This issue also has a couple brief features of some artists from the Pacific Northwest. Come to the library and take a look! The periodical section is right by the couches and coffee pot. See you there!
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Synopsis from Goodreads.com:
“In Just Kids, Patti Smith’s first book of prose, the legendary American artist offers a never-before-seen glimpse of her remarkable relationship with photographer Robert Mapplethorpe in the epochal days of New York City and the Chelsea Hotel in the late sixties and seventies. An honest and moving story of youth and friendship, Smith brings the same unique, lyrical quality to Just Kids as she has to the rest of her formidable body of work–from her influential 1975 album Horses to her visual art and poetry.” https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/341879.Just_Kids?from_search=true
It’s a great book to pick up after you’re done writing that thesis! Smith’s writing style is really inviting, and it was so interesting to read about that period of time in New York through the lens of these two extraordinary people. I enthusiastically recommend it! –Elsa
Find it in the stacks: ML 420 .S672 A3 2010
SHOTS Magazine is an independent, reader-supported, quarterly journal of fine art photography in its 28th year of publication. SHOTS is known for its democratic presentation of work by a variety of photographers from around the world. Often described as a “photographer’s photography magazine”, SHOTS reaches a wide, international audience that includes not only photographers, but also educators, gallery directors, museums and others interested in photography.
SHOTS is full of beautiful black-and-white photography, and there’s room for yours, too! If you’re a photographer and would like to submit your work for consideration, check out this link to learn more. Maybe we’ll see you in SHOTS this summer!
Seven Days in the Art World by Sarah Thornton is a great book for anyone interested in getting a backstage pass to a number of art world insider-only events. I especially enjoyed the chapter about the art school crit class–what a process! OCAC students, does this ring true for you?? The book is written in a very conversational tone, it’s easy stay interested, and it’s a ‘quick read’. I don’t envy the stress of the auction circuit, but a trip to the Biennale sounds pretty nice! –Elsa
From Goodreads.com: “In a series of beautifully paced narratives, Sarah Thornton investigates the drama of a Christie’s auction, the workings in Takashi Murakami’s studios, the elite at the Basel Art Fair, the eccentricities of Artforum magazine, the competition behind an important art prize, life in a notorious art-school seminar, and the wonderland of the Venice Biennale.”
Check out Seven Days in the Art World at the OCAC Library! You can find it in the stacks: N 8600 .T485 2009