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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?"
©2014 Sarah Thornton (P)2014 Tantor
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Critic Reviews

"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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4 out of 5 stars
By Charles Olivier de Vezin on 04-23-15

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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4 out of 5 stars
By Amazon Customer on 11-20-17

Abridgements. Doesn't match text in kindle book

Unfortunately, the audiobook simplifies words and phrases that are in the eBook. If you are listening and reading them together, this is disconcerting. On their own, each form of this book (audio, text) are very good.

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