A Year in the Art World
By Matthew Israel
An insider’s detailed chronicle of the inner workings of the contemporary art world.
The world of contemporary art has become more globalized and transparent in the last few decades, yet it is still perceived as closed-off and obscure. In A Year in the Art World, Matthew Israel takes the reader on a cross-continental journey through a year in the field of art, lifting the veil on a culture that emerges as diverse, adventurous, nuanced, and meaningful. From Los Angeles and New York to Paris and Hong Kong, Israel encounters artists, curators, critics, gallerists, and institutions, uncovering the working lives of these art-world figures from the renowned to the unseen.
Drawing on exclusive interviews and expertly researched content, Israel ventures into the inner workings of the art industry to ask: What is it that people in the art world actually do? What drives interest in working with art? How do artworks acquire value? And how has technology transformed today’s art world? Anchoring the narrative in the history, economics, and cultural dynamics of the field, this fascinating story reveals how “the art world” describes a realm that is both surprisingly vast and deeply interconnected.
40 color illustrations
"A tell-all book by the curator and art historian Matthew Israel takes readers on a year-long ride through the art world, from the heady heights of auction houses and art advisors to the practical matters of studios and shipping...A Year in the Art World will give some indication at least of what life was like in the fast lane of the pre-coronavirus art circus."
- Garreth Harris, The Art Newspaper
"Israel achieves his goal...of writing accessibly to explain a somewhat elitist industry... Containing notes, an index, and color images, [A Year in the Art World] is recommended highly for public libraries, museum libraries, and academic libraries supporting studio and art history programs of all levels."
- ARLIS/NA Reviews
"Israel is interested in why art matters now, and he chatted with some of today's premier artists, dealers, and curators to provide concise and comprehensible answers to complex questions."