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Sarah Thornton: 33 Artists in 3 Acts

Sarah Thornton, Author of  33 Artists in 3 Acts.

ROM Contemporary Culture in partnership with the Canadian Art Foundation International Speaker Series present:

Sarah Thornton

33 Artists in 3 Acts

Ticket Prices:
General Public: $20.00 plus HST
ROM Members: $18.00 plus HST
Teacher/Students: $18.00 plus HST

Join best-selling author Sarah Thornton as she explores the inner lives of contemporary artists in a lecture about her new book 33 Artists in 3 Acts.

33 Artists in 3 Acts draws on hundreds of personal encounters with the world’s most important artists – from global superstars to unheralded teachers - to humanize and demystify contemporary art. With Thornton as expert guide and trusted insider, we have unprecedented access to the lives of the artists, from late-night Skype chats with Ai Weiwei to taxi rides with Maurizio Cattelan on the way to the show that announces his death. We join Thornton as she rummages through artists’ studios and solo shows, inquiring about everything from their bank accounts to their bedrooms. The result is a series of cinematic experiences, which juxtapose artists in thought-provoking ways, and build up narratives that end with epiphanies.

33 Artists in 3 Acts is not just a highly enjoyable read but also a book of enduring value.”—Craig Clunas, Professor of Art History, Oxford University

Speaker: Sarah Thornton is the author of Seven Days in the Art World, an international bestseller translated into sixteen languages. She has been the chief writer on contemporary art for The Economist and has contributed to many publications, television programs and radio broadcasts. She is also the author of Club Cultures and co-editor of the first edition of the Subcultures Reader. A Canadian who went to Britain on a Commonwealth Scholarship, Thornton holds a BA in Art History and a PhD in Sociology.


Talk will be followed by a Book Signing for 33 Artists in 3 Acts.


6:30 pm          Doors Open

7 - 8 pm          Lecture (Eaton Theatre)

8 - 8:30 pm     Q&A

8:30-9 pm       Book Sales & Signing, 33 Artists in 3 Acts






The Canadian Art Foundation International Speaker Series is sponsored by BMO Financial Group.                                                                                                                                                                                            


Royal Ontario Museum
Signy and Cléophée Eaton Theatre
Level 1B


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