art book recommends
Having never gone to art school or studied art much on my own, I am usually naively surprised when I find an artist who does work that reminds me of so and so who is now living. I can see the influence Alexander Calder has had on many of today's artists. Lots to read if you are so inclined (which I wasn't) and lots of fantastic photographs of his work, including watercolor and ink. This guy was a mad genius with wire and if you have children you owe it to them to show them.
Save for the last two chapters, this was a 'can't put it down' book to read. Oddly, the studio visit and Biennale chapters were unreadable for reasons I can't explain other than it was just not interesting to me.
I can however, venture to say that you have never read a book about the art world quite like this one. Sarah Thornton is a tremendous writer who studies people and takes obvious pleasure in writing about them. She slips into the art world like a 007 and finds out the information that matters. While I can see that the art world she is writing about is not a world anyone I know is likely to be a part of, (they are the upper echelons) it feels as important to know about as it does any other aspect of the art world.