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What Are You Looking At?: 150 Years of Modern Art in the Blink of an Eye
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What Are You Looking At?: 150 Years of Modern Art in the Blink of an Eye (Paperback)

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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 five year-old really couldn't do it. Refreshing, irreverent and always straightforward, What Are You Looking At? 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.

Art, Fashion & PhotographyArt monographs, history & theoryHistory of art / art & design stylesHistory of art: c 1800 to c 1900Art, Fashion & PhotographyArt monographs, history & theoryHistory of art / art & design stylesHistory of art: from c 1900 - Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd Publication Date: 07/04/2016 ISBN-13: 9780241965993  Details: Type: Paperback Format: Books
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Will Gompertz is the BBC Arts Editor and was a director at the Tate Gallery for seven years. He has interviewed the finest modern artists and curators - including Damien Hirst, Ai Wewei, Yoko Ono, David Hockney and Tracey Emin. Voted one of the world's top fifty creative thinkers by New York's Creativity magazine, he is also author of Think Like An Artist . . . and Lead a More Creative, Productive Life.

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Extremely readable, witty account of the history of modern art from Impressionism to almost the present day.  Some may take issue with the attached diagram (London Underground style) of artistic developments and how movements and styles relate to each other but this is more than made up for through interesting choices of subjects and masterpieces. 

Mo, Charing Cross Road

Charing Cross Rd Bookshop - 21/06/2016

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