|Pages/Publication Date:||448 / 2015|
There must be something about Sarah Thornton that appeals to artists, because they consistently grant her behind the scenes access. In these narratives, she visits with Ai Weiwei before and after his imprisonment and Jeff Koons as he woos new customers in London, Frankfurt, and Abu Dhabi. Thornton meets Yayoi Kusama in her studio around the corner from the Tokyo asylum that she calls home, snoops in Cindy Sherman's closet, hears about Andrea Fraser's psychotherapist, and spends quality time with Laurie Simmons, Carroll Dunham, and their daughters. Through these intimate scenes, Thornton investigates artists' psyches, personas, politics, and social networks, turning a wry, analytical eye on their different answers to the question "What is an artist?"