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Sarah Thornton’s Seven Days in the Art World is a witty series of non-fiction narratives, which reveal the inner workings of the institutions that contribute to an artist’s place in art history. The book is an international hit, available or forthcoming in 16 translations.

Thornton has written regularly for The Economist and other publications. She is currently writing a new book, titled 33 Artists in 3 Acts, which will be published in fall 2014.

Seven Days in the Art World

Seven Days in the Art World is an “exhaustively researched and intelligently written… refreshingly open-minded exploration.” Washington Post

“The best book yet written about the modern-art boom… an excellent, vivid, wittily written book… a Robert Altmanesque panorama of… the most important cultural phenomenon of the last ten years….” The Sunday Times (London)

“An entertaining and lucid account of the mysterious ways of contemporary art… [Thornton] does well to resist the temptation to draw any glib, overarching conclusions. There is more than enough in her rigorous, precise reportage… for the reader to make his or her own connections.” Financial Times

Seven Days “is poised to endure as a work of sociology… Where others would be content to gawk and gossip, [Thornton] pushes her well-chosen subjects to explore the questions ‘What is an artist?’ and ‘What makes a work of art great?’” The New York Times

Seven Days in the Art World “will survive as a hard-thinking but high-spirited memorial… Thornton brings to light the bizarre machinery that keeps studio showbiz on the road, and in the headlines.” (“20 Best Books of the Year”) The Independent