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    DescriptionWhat Are You Looking At? by Will Gompertz - a wonderfully lively and accessible history of Modern Art by the BBC Arts Editor. "An essential primer not only for art lovers but for art loathers too". (Express). What is modern art? Why do we either love it or loathe it? And why is it worth so much damn money? Join Will Gompertz on a dazzling tour that will change the way you look at modern art forever. From Monet's water lilies to Van Gogh's sunflowers, from Warhol's soup cans to Hirst's pickled shark, hear the stories behind the masterpieces, meet the artists as they really were, and discover the real point of modern art. You will learn: not all conceptual art is bollocks; Picasso is king (but Cezanne is better); Pollock is no drip; Dali painted with his moustache; a urinal changed the course of art, why your 5-year-old really couldn't do it. Refreshing, irreverent and always straightforward, What Are You Looking At? cuts through the pretentious art speak and asks all the basic questions that you were too afraid to ask. Your next gallery trip is going to be a little less intimidating and a lot more interesting. "Robert Hughes' The Shock of the New redone a la Bill Bryson". (Telegraph). This book is essential reading for sceptics, art lovers, and the millions of us who visit art galleries every year - and are confused. It will also be enjoyed by readers of The Story of Art by E.H. Gombrich and is a perfect primer to the subject for the student or beginner. Will Gompertz is the BBC Arts Editor and probably the world's first art history stand-up comedian. He was a Director at the Tate Gallery for 7 years. He has a particular interest in modern art and has written about the arts for The Times and the Guardian for over 20 years. In 2009, he wrote and performed a sell-out one-man comedy show about modern art at the Edinburgh Festival. He was recently voted one of the world's top 50 creative thinkers by New York's Creativity Magazine.


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    Title
    What are You Looking At?
    Subtitle
    150 Years of Modern Art in the Blink of an Eye
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Will Gompertz
    Physical properties
    Format: Hardback
    Number of pages: 464
    Width: 162 mm
    Height: 240 mm
    Thickness: 41 mm
    Weight: 766 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9780670920495
    ISBN 10: 0670920495
    Classifications

    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T1.1
    BIC E4L: ART
    BIC subject category V2: ACX, ACV
    Libri: ENGM3500
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 15830
    BISAC V2.8: ART015100
    Libri: GEGE9055, KUNS2053, MODE8100
    DC23: 709.034
    Thema V1.0: AGA
    Edition statement
    Trade Paperback.
    Illustrations note
    16 Pages of Colour Pictures, and black and white integrated pictures
    Publisher
    Penguin Books Ltd
    Imprint name
    VIKING
    Publication date
    06 September 2012
    Publication City/Country
    London
    Author Information
    WILL GOMPERTZ was a director at the Tate in London for seven years and is now the BBC arts editor, where he writes, presents, and produces programs about the arts. In the summer of 2009, he wrote and performed a one-man show at the Edinburgh Fringe called Double Art History, a light-hearted lecture on the story of modern art. Recently named one of the world's top fifty creative thinkers by "Creativity" magazine, he lives in Oxford.
    Review quote
    Will Gompertz is the best teacher you never had Guardian He is a natural communicator whose passion for art is expressed with wit and verve -- Sir Nicholas Serota, Director of Tate, on Will Gompertz Robert Hughes's The Shock of the New redone a la Bill Bryson ... few are the histories of modern art that name check Beyonce, David Foster Wallace and Susan Boyle, describe the saturnine Paul Cezanne as the 'Cool Hand Luke of the Parisian avant garde' ... Filter (s) out all jargon and pretension and filter (s) in plenty of fun ... A richly detailed and highly entertaining history from Delacroix to Damien Hirst **** Telegraph Gompertz flicks through a mental Rolodex of the world's most famous images and describes them with a freshness and vividity that brings them to life The Times Gompertz writes about difficult things - the birth of conceptualism, the link between the pyramidal compositions of Gericault's Raft of the Medusa and Delacroix's Liberty Leading the People - without letting on that they are difficult ... this romp through art from the 1860s to now is both hugely accessible and old-fashionedly educative Independent on Sunday A lively train-ride through the art movements of the modern period ...While he doesn't dumb down the subject, he does take a fresh, energetic approach ... He explains movements and "isms" with clarity and humour Scotsman Gompertz has written an energetic and comprehensive romp through modern art -- Independent Will Gompertz is a natural communicator whose passion for art is expressed with wit and verve -- Sir Nicholas Serota, Director of Tate Gallery