33 Artists in 3 Acts

  • by Sarah Thornton
  • Narrated by Tavia Gilbert
  • 11 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

33 Artists in 3 Acts offers unprecedented access to a dazzling range of artists, from international superstars to unheralded art teachers. Sarah Thornton's beautifully paced, fly-on-the-wall narratives include visits with Ai Weiwei before and after his imprisonment and Jeff Koons as he woos new customers in London, Frankfurt, and Abu Dhabi. She meets Yayoi Kusama in her studio around the corner from the Tokyo asylum that she calls home. She snoops in Cindy Sherman's closet, hears about Andrea Fraser's psychotherapist, and spends quality time with Laurie Simmons, Carroll Dunham, and their daughters Lena and Grace.
Through these intimate scenes, 33 Artists in 3 Acts explores what it means to be a real artist in the real world. Divided into three cinematic "acts" - politics, kinship, and craft - it investigates artists' psyches, personas, politics, and social networks. Witnessing their crises and triumphs, Thornton turns a wry, analytical eye on their different answers - and non-answers - to the question, "What is an artist?"


What the Critics Say

"With effortless sophistication, Thornton takes readers on a journey across the globe and into the homes and minds of contemporary artists." (Publishers Weekly)


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Customer Reviews

Most Helpful

Very interesting, not engaging read

Love the interviews. Sarah Thornton def had lovely access. Not so into her descriptions and francophiliac writing. Not a fan of the narrator. All that said, totally worth the listen. Excellent subjects and interviews.
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- Charles Olivier de Vezin

Around the Old Globe

I found this book about artists from around the globe fascinating. Being very familiar with art and artists, I listened knowing that the artists chosen were hugely successful but were a minuscule section of the art world at large. This could be good or bad news. That said, it was interesting to hear about the days in the lives of these art stars that everyone in the field is familiar with. Thornton had a way of pulling the curtain back on these artists, exposing their everyday, their gimmicks (if applicable), their strengths and weaknesses, but also their humanity.

The narration was good and I imagined in the tone of the writer.
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- Martha Ringgold Jones

Book Details

  • Release Date: 11-18-2014
  • Publisher: Tantor Audio