Seven Days in the Art World by Sarah Thornton

“If the art world shared one principle, it would probably be that nothing is more important than the art itself.”

Why has art become so popular?
– we are more educated and therefore have developed appetites for more culturally complex goods.
– we read less, which promotes the use of visual resources such as the tv and internet, which further encourages visual stimulation
– art is capable of crossing barriers, both physical and linguistic.

Christie’s New York auction

How does the auctioneer prepare for the evening? How does one get the prices to soar to such numbers?

How to predetermine who will buy what, and creating an estimate?

How do art values fluctuate before and after the auction? When an art piece goes above and beyond their expected retail, what does that shift mean in the art world, and for that artist?

Blue- chip artists mentioned:

  • Takashi Murakami
  • Cy Twombly
  • Ed Ruscha
  • Damien Hirst
  • Andy Warhol
  • Agnes Martin
  • Jeff Koons
  • Marlene Dumas
  • Louise Bourgeois — mom & dad worked for her in NYC in the 80’s(?)

California Institute of the Arts in Valencia

Why have art schools become so academified?
Perhaps creativity is not on the agenda at art school because being creative is tacitly considered the unteachable core of being an artist?


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