33 Artists in 3 Acts by Sarah Thornton

Artists & Art History | Artists as a Collective

Thornton covers three decades in the lives of artists like Damien Hirst, Jeff Koons, and Ai Weiwei. There is no agenda or judgment here; Thornton is committed to telling all sides of the story. The book contains its share of information and opinion, but it does so in nonfiction style (not essays).

She writes, “What I was interested in understanding was what relationship the artists themselves had to money and to art as investments.”

One subject in the introduction is the art world and how it affects society, including lack of diversity (in all aspects), the importance of money, and an unrealistic vision of artists.

Joelle’s Library

Learning about the art world can seem elusive. It shouldn’t be.

Building your art bookshelf is a forever-ongoing process. I’ve included an Amazon link to help you find the right next book for you, but you can always purchase at your local bookstore in person or at bookshop.org.

The books are organized into categories. The First Books are for those brand-new to the art world. More seasoned collectors can jump ahead to dive deeper into specific threads.

  1. The First Books
  2. Artists & Art History
  3. The Science & Art Of Collecting
  4. The Buying & Selling Of Art
  5. The Art Market

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