33 Artists in 3 Acts

by Sarah Thornton, Granta, £14.99 (softcover)

By Niru Ratnam

Towards the middle of 33 Artists in 3 Acts, Sarah Thornton recounts Francesco Bonami’s classification of artists around four poles: real or fake, good or bad. So for Bonami, Nauman is a good real artist, Jasper Johns a ‘real artist but his work is shit’, Francis Alÿs is a good fake artist and Ai Weiwei a bad fake artist. Alÿs and Ai have their own chapters in Thornton’s book, which takes the form of a series of interviews with artists…

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