Above: Book cover of "Seven Days in the Art World" by Sarah Thornton.
Lively small-group conversations will discuss "Seven Days in the Art World" by Sarah Thornton, a selection made for the book club by a committee of Museum curators, docents, and staff.
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. She reveals the new dynamics of creativity, taste, status, money, and the search for meaning in life. A judicious and juicy account of the institutions that have the power to shape art history, based on hundreds of interviews with high-profile players, Thornton's entertaining ethnography will change the way you look at contemporary culture.
Marilyn Woods, museum docent, will guide the discussion. Immediately following the book club meeting there will be a docent-led tour that focuses on modern and contemporary works.
Please RSVP by calling 619-696-1941 or visit online. Free for members. $12.00 for non-members