1. Sarah Thornton, SEVEN DAYS IN THE ART WORLD

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    Sociologist Sarah Thornton (www.sarah-thornton.com) describes her new book, SEVEN DAYS IN THE ART WORLD: A fly-on-the-wall account of the smart and strange subcultures that make, trade, curate, collect, and hype contemporary art. The art market has been booming. Museum attendance is surging. More people than ever call themselves artists. Contemporary art has become a mass entertainment, a luxury good, a job description, and, for some, a kind of alternative religion. 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.

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    • 2011 SCAD deFINE ART guest Sarah Thornton

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      2011 SCAD deFINE ART guest Sarah Thornton reveals the inspiration and creative process that led to her nonfiction book "Seven Days in the Art World." Interviewer: Josh Lind (B.F.A., film and television, 2005), creative director, SCAD Collaborative Learning Center

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      • how to talk about art

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        Description “How to talk about art” is a sound installation featuring filler speech uttered by writer Sarah Thornton during a staged conversation with artist Grayson Perry at Tate Modern in London. Titled "What makes an Artist?", the event took place on Thursday, October 2, 2014 between six thirty and eight pm. The original conversation can be heard here: http://tinyurl.com/nwdkxcz English subtitles are available. Instructions “How to talk about art” is played in a very dimly lit room built inside an art gallery, called The Inner Sanctum. Upon entering this space-within-a-space, the visitor is given the opportunity to sit on a rug and meditate as “How to talk about art” plays in loop. Thornton’s speech fillers, mumbles, and stutters are diffused by a surround sound system. They are played in sequence, i.e. as they were uttered during the conversation with Perry. They are not repeated or electronically manipulated. Fillers are parts of speech which are not generally recognized as purposeful or containing formal meaning, usually expressed as pauses such as "uh", "like", "you know", and "er". The audio piece operates as a mantra. It is, in effect, Sarah’s mantrah (sic). Isolated from their original source and subsequently edited as one continuous track, the fillers produce an almost melodic chant that may or may not have psychological, neurological, and even spiritual effects over the listener, modulating her or his consciousness in powerful, yet unpredictable, ways. A wittgensteinian exploration of language and meaning, “How to talk about art” requires close listening. Notes English subtitles can be turned on. A full transcritpion of this piece can be read at mattscape.org Bio Sarah Thornton is the author of two books on art: 33 Artists in 3 Acts (Granta, 2014) and Seven Days in the Art World (Granta, 2009), both international best-sellers. Thornton was the chief writer on contemporary art for The Economist and has written about the art market and art world for several publications including The Art Newspaper, Artforum.com, The New Yorker, The Telegraph, and The Guardian. Thornton holds a BA in Art History and a PhD in the Sociology of Culture. Her academic posts have included a full time lecturing position at the University of Sussex, and a period as Visiting Research Fellow at Goldsmiths, University of London. Matteo Bittanti mattscape.org San Francisco, March 18, 2015 Special Thanks William Furlong, Kenneth Goldsmith, Jeff Gordon, Language Removal Services, Louise Lawler, Lauren Lesko, Sean Landers, Jennifer & Kevin McCoy, Bern Porter, and Richard Serra.

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        • Abu Dhabi Art 2011 Panel: The Global Art Market

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          Abu Dhabi Art, much more than an art fair, is a platform for modern and contemporary art and public programmes, bringing together a selection of leading art galleries from across the world. In its fourth edition, galleries showcase a variety of works in a range of prices; from museum-quality pieces to those in a dedicated section for emerging artists that has already proven popular with collectors.

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          • Sarah's 30th

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            To Celebrate Sarah's Birthday, we put this video together for a surprise. I Want It That Way, Backstreet Boys is one of her favorite tracks/video.

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            • Sarah Thornton Discusses Art and Criticism with Robert Enright - Oct 29 2014

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              In Fall 2014 Sarah Thornton discussed her book 33 Artist in 3 Acts with critic and curator Robert Enright. 33 Artists in 3 Acts draws on hundreds of personal encounters with a superb cast of living artists—from global superstars to unheralded teachers—to humanize and demystify contemporary art. With Thornton as expert guide and trusted insider, we have unprecedented access to the lives of the artists, from late-night Skype chats with Ai Weiwei to taxi rides with Maurizio Cattelan on the way to the show that announces his death. We join Thornton as she rummages through artists’ studios and solo shows, inquiring about everything from their bank accounts to their bedrooms. The result is a series of cinematic experiences, which juxtapose artists in thought-provoking ways and build up narratives that end with epiphanies.

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              • how to laugh about art

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                Description "How to laugh about art" is a sound installation featuring Sarah Thornton’s laughs, which were isolated from "What makes an Artist?", a conversation with Grayson Perry that took place at Tate Modern, in London. The event took place on Thursday, October 2, 2014 between six thirty and eight pm. The original conversation can be heard here: http://tinyurl.com/nwdkxcz Instructions “How to laugh about art” is played in a very dimly lit room built inside an art gallery, called The Inner Sanctum. Upon entering this space-within-a-space, the visitor can sit on a rug and meditate, as “How to laugh about art” plays in loop. Diffused by hidden surround speakers, Thornton’s laughs are played in sequence. They are not repeated or electronically altered. Thornton’s irresistible, spontaneous, infectious, and contagious guffawing can produce powerful effects on the listener’s consciousness. Several studies have concluded beyond reasonable doubt that laughter can trigger positive and healthy physical changes in the body, enhancing the immune system and reducing stress. Laugher can release endorphins which in turn promote an overall sense of well-being and temporarily relieve pain. In the immersive acoustic space of The Inner Sanctum, the listener can fully experience Thornton’s genuine, liberating, exhilarating, electrifying chuckle, while developing a deeper understanding of the Artworld. Notes English subtitles can be turned on. A full transcritpion of this piece can be read at mattscape.org Bio Sarah Thornton is the author of two books on art: 33 Artists in 3 Acts (Granta, 2014) and Seven Days in the Art World (Granta, 2009), both international bestsellers. Thornton was the chief writer on contemporary art for The Economist and has written about the art market and art world for several publications including The Art Newspaper, Artforum.com, The New Yorker, The Telegraph, and The Guardian. Thornton holds a BA in Art History and a PhD in the Sociology of Culture. Her academic posts have included a full time lecturing position at the University of Sussex, and a period as Visiting Research Fellow at Goldsmiths, University of London. Special Thanks William Furlong, Kenneth Goldsmith, Jeff Gordon, Language Removal Services, Louise Lawler, Lauren Lesko, Sean Landers, Jennifer & Kevin McCoy, Bern Porter, and Richard Serra.

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                • Sarah Thornton: Are Artists the 21st Century Entrepreneurs?

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                  Which Side Up: What Moves Contemporary Art? Sarah Thornton: Are Artists the 21st Century Entrepreneurs? Lecture held at the Detroit Institute of Arts, November 23, 2014 Sociologist and author Sarah Thornton published "Seven Days in the Art World," in 2008. In her newest book, "33 Artists in 3 Acts," she shifts her focus from the structure and activities of the art world to the role of the artist, asking if being an artist is a radical form of entrepreneurship or a vocational calling like the priesthood. Are their practices an extension of philosophy or an offshoot of entertainment? Speakers: Sarah Thornton, author of Seven Days in the Art World and 33 Artists in 3 Acts Vince Carducci, dean at the College for Creative Studies (CCS)

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