Subjective? Of course! That's what lists are all about. And as the holiday season is the time when I like to imagine myself curling up with several good books, my favorite books reviewed this year on Art MoCo are to be read rather than looked at. This time I wanted the thousand words instead of the picture.
My absolute fave was Sarah Thornton's Seven Days in the Art World. It reads like a novel, the pace is great and it is full of characters. I don't think I've ever wanted a work of non-fiction not to end until I read this accessible insider look at the world of contemporary art. From auction to art school to Basel to the studio, with stops in between, Thornton explores a world that intrigues.
It may be a mouthful, but My Name is Charles Saatchi and I am an Artoholic is a great light read. The reclusive Charles Saatchi provides the reader with frank commentary on the art world and what it's like to have great influence within this realm. This collector, gallery-owner and ad man provides us with a fresh take on his approach to contemporary art. Because he can.
Lulu Meets God and Doubts Him by Danielle Ganek is the fiction that rounds out this short list. Gallerina chick-lit written by a well-placed collector on the New York art scene, this novel is entertaining as well as informative. Lulu offers a romp through the intricacies of today's white cube.