Seven Days in the Art World

Some interesting snips from this book by Sarah Thornton, a book that interrogates the paradox of the value of art when artists are usually thought of as only producing great art when they are in dependant of the fiscal value of their work.
The first 'day' is at an auction house (Christie's) where art, it seems, reaches it's highest value when it is most 'typical' of the artist - from the descriptions, it seems when an artist produces work that is parodying themselves, or at their peak of visual branding, is exactly the most valuable of works in the market.

Quoting Francis Bacon "Painting, or all art, has now become completely a game by which man distracts himself...and the artist must really deepen the game to be any good at all..." p xiv

Quoting Leslie Dick "The work you do as an artist is really play, but it is play in the most serious sense...like when a two-year-old discovers how to make a tower out of blocks. It is no halfhearted thing. You are materializing - taking something from the inside and putting it out into the world so you can be relieved of it." p51


Quoting Chris Burden "To be a good artist in the long term, you need to trust your own intuition and instincts, whereas academies is based on rational group-think. There is a magic and an alchemy to art, but academics are always suspicious of the guy who stirs the big black pot." p66

"...there's still an ideological antithesis between art and commerce, even if the two are inextricably intertwined...In a world that has jettisoned craftsmanship as the dominant criterion by which to judge art, a higher premium is put on the character of the artist. If artists are seen to be creating art simply for the market, it compromises their integrity..." p 98

Mathew Higgs says "It's not about innovation for innovations' sake or the ambition to be novel or unique. All good art gives us the opportunity for a different relationship with time. It's usually about and individuals radically idiosyncratic interpretation of the world. We're inherently fascinated by work like that because we're inherently fascinated by other people" p131

Art dealer Poe says "'At the end of the day, our business is to sell symptoms articulated as objects." p 187

Murukami says he "'threw out my general life, so that I can make a concentration for my job" p201

1 comment:

  1. Some great quotes here--now I want to get the book!

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