What Are You Looking At?

150 Years of Modern Art in the Blink of an Eye

Author: Will Gompertz

  • Viking
  • Format: Hardback
  • Published: 06 Sep 2012
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Move over Gombrich - there's a new art book in town!

For sceptics, art lovers, and the millions of us who visit art galleries every year - and are confused - What Are You Looking At? by BBC Arts Editor Will Gompertz is a wonderfully lively, accessible and enlightening history of Modern Art, from Impressionism to the present day.

'Will Gompertz is the best teacher you never had' Guardian

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 Cézanne 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.

Includes a free pull-out map of Modern Art to guide you through the movements.

'Will Gompertz is a natural communicator whose passion for art is expressed with wit and verve' Sir Nicholas Serota, Director of Tate Gallery

Product details

  • Format: Hardback
  • ISBN: 9780670920495
  • Size: 162 x 240mm
  • Pages: 464
  • Published: 06 Sep 2012
  • Publisher: Viking
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