Curating a Masterpiece is the first book I have read by Sybil Smith and I must say it was a really interesting read. This book highlights the creation of a relationship between an employee and their boss within the art world.
Rebecca and River work together at the art gallery Minnessak, Rebecca as curator and River as her assistant. It is evident that there is a chemistry between them from the outset.
Sybil's writing style is easy to read and offers an intriguing concept. She has obviously done her research or has had experience within the art world, as she goes into details on contemporary artists and works and the processes of selling them.
Art played a significant role within the narrative of this book and it inspired me to think about art and continue writing my collection Dalí: In Verse, which at the time was focussed
There was a genuine connection between both protagonists, but what I struggled with was the abuse in power with the main character Rebecca. River was a university art student and she was there on a placement. The formation of a relationship between the pair shows a lack in judgement from Rebecca. Sybil did try to address this, however, it did feel that this was just glossed over instead of debated fully.
This was primarily the reason why I gave this book only three-out-of-five stars. If the issue of 'abuse of power' was addressed fully then I believe I would have given this book a higher rating. Even though, this book was a very enjoyable read and I will look to read more of Sybil Smith's future work.