"As a sociologist, I’m fascinated by the economic dynamics that swarm around art and artists. However, I’ve decided to shift away from journalism of this kind for a hundred reasons…" —Sarah Thornton
Sarah Thornton, author of Seven Days in the Art World and contemporary art journalist for The Economist, announced today on her website that she’s taking an indefinite break from reporting on the art market.
1. It gives too much exposure to artists who attain high prices.
2. It enables manipulators to publicize the artists whose prices they spike at auction.
3. It never seems to lead to regulation.
4. The most interesting stories are libelous.
5. Oligarchs and dictators are not cool.
6. Writing about the art market is painfully repetitive.
7. People send you unbelievably stupid press releases.
8. It implies that money is the most important thing about art.
9. It amplifies the influence of the art market.
10. The pay is appalling.
I’d have to agree with her; it’s not about the Benjamins. Read the full article.