Seven Days in the Art World
by Sarah Thornton
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Timing, as a great sage once said, is everything. Seven Days in the Art World—purportedly an ethnography, according to its access-obsessed author, but really a Vanity Fair article writ large—seeks to limn the go-go, gaga art world of the early twenty-first century in all its bubbliciousness. Problem is, it arrives on the shelves at the very moment a global economic meltdown is under way, a total implosion of bad debt and illiquid assets that could make every financial downturn since the Great Depression seem like a gilded age. As go hedge-fund bonuses and global petrodollars, so goes the art market—at least as it has existed for the past five staggeringly speculative years.
Described by the Daily Telegraph as “Britain’s hippest academic” (which is akin to calling someone “Bosnia’s cuddliest war criminal”),
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