Phoning It In, Ep.3: Sarah Thornton Discusses the Future of the Art World

May 2020

Sarah Thornton tries to find joy in the little things: recognizing someone through their mask at the farmer's market or the ever enticing 6PM glass of red wine. But even as an introvert by nature, she now longs for a time when she can attend a museum opening, gallery dinner or art fair again. In this episode of Phoning It In, Amy Cappellazzo and art journalist Sarah Thornton discuss what lies in store for our “art ecosystem.” As the chief art market correspondent for The Economist and author of acclaimed books including Seven Days in the Art World (Norton), Thornton is a prescient seer of the art market. Despite the quarantine, Thornton finds good reason to suspect underlying strength among buyers, and also highlights the enduring power of art available now – including Francis Bacon’s Triptych Inspired by the Oresteia of Aeschylus, to be offered in Sotheby’s Contemporary Art Evening Auction.

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