Sarah Thornton

Screen capture of guest judge Sarah Thorton

Sarah Thornton is an ethnographer and investigative writer, who explores art, people, and their bodies. Formerly the chief writer on contemporary art for The Economist, Thornton is the author of three books, including one based on her PhD about the hierarchies of hipness and her bestseller Seven Days in the Art World. Once hailed as “Britain’s hippest academic,” Thornton is now based in San Francisco and better known as “the Jane Goodall of the art world.” A scholar-in-residence in Gender and Women’s Studies at University of California, Berkeley, Thornton’s next book is about the culture of breasts. Titled Uplifting Sagas: The Top Half of Women’s Liberation, it will be published by WW Norton in 2024.