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33 Artists in 3 Acts

Sarah Thornton
In conversation with Allison Agsten
November 13, 2014

In her new book, Thornton, best-selling author of Seven Days in the Art World, uses a structure of richly linked, cinematic scenes that allow us access to understanding a dazzling range of artists—including Cindy Sherman, Gabriel Orozco, Marina Abramović, Ai Weiwei, and Christian Marclay, among many others. In this conversation with the Hammer’s Allison Agsten, Thornton discusses her research—how she rummaged through artists’ bank accounts, bedrooms, and studios and witnessed their crises and triumphs– as well as the wildly different answers—and non-answers—she received to the question, “What is an artist?”

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