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This compelling narrative goes behind the scenes with the world's most important living artists to humanize and demystify contemporary art.

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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?"

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

"Gilbert's delivery perfectly reflects the author's dual reaction of admiration and ambivalence towards the art installations and the artists who create the works." ---AudioFile
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33 Artists in 3 Acts

Author Sarah Thornton

Narrated by Tavia Gilbert

Publication date Nov 18, 2014

Running time 11 hrs 16 min

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