May 31, 11
Read in May, 2011
This book is great. And I don't even have much interest in the "Art World." But it *is* full of interesting personalities, and the author is excellent at describing people. I felt like I was right there with her, tagging along and eavesdropping. It felt like a documentary film, actually.
Great writing, and intensely researched! I learned a lot.
I enjoyed the structure quite a bit: 7 chapters, each of them a day-in-the-life, behind-the-scenes description of a facet of the art world. (art school, a Christie's auction, prestigious art shows, fairs, and prizes, a commercially successful artist's studio, Artforum magazine, etc.)
I would think artists might have a love-hate relationship with this book. All that big money and schmoozing, the egos and the machinations, the business side of creative work, oof. I do think people who are interested in contemporary art (I am generally not) would like the book a lot.
I wonder how much has changed in the 3 years since this was published. The author describes it having been a major boom time for the art market....the recession may have changed everything.