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33 Artists in 3 Acts: Sarah Thornton with Andrea Fraser, Massimiliano Gioni, and Laurie Simmons

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Who do artists think they are? How do they command belief in their work? What myths do they enliven and reject? In the summer of 2009, Sarah Thornton began investigating these questions, which eventually became the driving force of her new book, 33 Artists in 3 Acts (WW Norton, 2014). At once ambitious and entertaining, its nonfiction narratives go behind the scenes with a superb cast of living artists—from global superstars to unheralded teachers—to humanize and demystify contemporary art. Massimiliano Gioni, Artistic Director of the New Museum, is one of three curators featured in its pages because he has presented himself as Maurizio Cattelan—one of the book’s nine recurring artists. During this session, Thornton and Gioni, along with artists Andrea Fraser and Laurie Simmons will discuss the characters, plot, and themes of 33 Artists in 3 Acts. http://www.newmuseum.org/calendar/view/33-artists-in-3-acts-sarah-thornton-with-carroll-dunham-andrea-fraser-and-massimiliano-gioni
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itsALLartVideos (2 years ago)
Don't try to kid us, Sarah, "the culling" was based on artists that she felt followed her narrative best or those that allowed her the most access. Any other statement she makes to the contrary is pure unadulterated hogwash. Some of the artists she chose to include are among the absolute febrile and surface "famous" artists in today's art world and bring nothing inspiring or creative to light, save for perhaps Ai Wei Wei. The most obvious names excel for her because they have been given a "blessing" and are now collectible and get high auction prices. If that is the basis for great art, then art is doomed.
RCarsen (2 years ago)
1:15 Outsider Art, Laurie Simmons defending 'her tribe' is the insiderism that makes art so dull, and academics for that matter.... Outsider art could mean just self-taught, or just no 'known' by more famous artists like Simmons. Thornston is an outsider - she is not an art historian or curator, she is a sociologist, yet notably due to this, like Latour she tends to chose the most obvious artist to profile. Who is she writing for exactly? She is not revealing any 'secrets', far from it.
Patrick Cruz (3 years ago)
thorton's drinking stance is interesting
Jorge Emigdio (2 years ago)
+jackitzatziki me too
jackitzatziki (3 years ago)
I think she sucks in giving head

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