“Seven Days in the Art World”: The Difficult Interaction between Art and Business

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Essay #: 062886
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"Seven Days in the Art World": The Difficult Interaction between Art and Business
Sarah Thornton, in Seven Days in the Art World, makes a case for the objectivity of her observations. She claims that “my choice of verbal and visual details is driven by whether they seem to reveal social structures, institutional frameworks, or cultural patterns” (257). Such a claim must be accepted for the majority of her text. There are, however, several instances where her language moves beyond the objective: she seems to shaping her characters according to a subjective (personal) purpose. One example is her portrayal of Tim Griffin, in the chapter titled “The Magazine.” The magazine in question - “
Artforum
” - is one of the premier art magazines, and...
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.....rned business man/ editor. The instance of the fire alarm was first addressed. Here the alarm cooperates suspiciously with the subject of the conversation, suggesting that the business-side of the art world is cause for alarm; and when the alarm ceases, the argument is resolved in favour of art. The coincidence is too much. The second case had to do with the invoking of the poet-turned-editor tradition. Thornton seems too eager to create an ideal past for Griffin. All these instances allow Thornton to present “
Artspeak
” and Griffin as being founded on a pure-art tradition. Thornton is creating a story under the guise of objectivity.
Works Cited
Thornton, Sarah. Seven Days in the Art World. New York: W. W. Norton & Company, Inc., 2008.