'33 Artists' paints behind-the-scene picture of the art world

November 26, 2014 1:10 PM

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"33 Artists in 3 Acts" by Sarah Thornton; W.W. Norton (448 pages, $26.95)

If there was ever a subset of humanity ripe for anthropologizing, it's the art world. This caravan of artists, critics, curators, collectors, dealers and assorted hangers-on are united by a purported interest in art and a language called "artspeak." (In this incomprehensible tongue, a painting is ne...

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