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News / August 15, 2014

Sarah Thornton Lectures in Vancouver, Ottawa and Toronto

33 Artists in 3 Acts 33 Artists in 3 Acts

The Canadian Art Foundation International Speaker Series is proud to present a series of lectures by bestselling author Sarah Thornton on her new book, 33 Artists in 3 Acts. The lectures will take place in three Canadian cities.

October 27, 2014
VanCity Theatre
1181 Seymour Street
7:00 p.m.
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October 29, 2014
Knox Presbyterian Church
129 Lisgar Street
8:30 p.m.
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Presented in collaboration with Ottawa International Writers Festival and Carleton University Art Gallery

October 30, 2014
ROM Theatre
100 Queens Park
7:00 p.m.
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Presented in partnership with ROM Contemporary Culture

Join Sarah Thornton as she explores the inner lives of contemporary artists in a lecture series about her new book 33 Artists in 3 Acts, which 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, this book offers readers unprecedented access to the lives of the artists, from late-night Skype chats with Ai Weiwei to taxi rides with Maurizio Cattelan. 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 which build up narratives that end with epiphanies.

Sarah Thornton is the author of Seven Days in the Art World, an international bestseller that has been translated into 16 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. For more information about her, visit Check back for ticketing information soon.

These talks are part of the Canadian Art Foundation International Speaker Series and are produced with support from BMO Financial Group and Aimia.





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