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What Are You Looking At?: 150 Years of Modern Art in the Blink of an Eye [Format Kindle]

Will Gompertz

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“Gompertz has an uncanny knack for making difficult art (and ideas) easy…A lively, witty account of the major moments and movements of the past 150 years.”–Associated Press
“An insightful love letter to modern art and an irreverent rejection of the notion that its pleasures are reserved for a chosen few… Each [chapter] hums with engaging history and entertaining anecdotes, cheeky asides and accessible, illuminating criticism.” –NPR
“Gompertz is determined to dispel the layman's fear of the modern art world and those who inhabit it. What Are You Looking At?, which comes out this week, does a very good job of this—replacing isolating esotericism with witty and chatty commentary.” –Interview  
“A deeply enlightening and buoyant history of modern art and beyond.” –Booklist (starred review)
“[A] highly lucid, lively, and buoyantly composed history…while his tone is breezy and conversational, [Gompertz] astutely and often wittily describes the core of every movement and its key artists.” –Publishers Weekly

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What 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 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.

'Robert Hughes's The Shock of the New redone à 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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  • Editeur : Penguin (6 septembre 2012)
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Modern Art Explained and Appreciated with the Fascinating Story It Deserves! 29 octobre 2012
Par Viviane Crystal - Publié sur Amazon.com
Here is a comprehensive, readable book for those ranging from art lovers who those looking at modern art and thinking, "I don't have a clue to what this is!"

Beginning with a short overview of how art as investment increases for both living and dead artists, the author begins with the story of how Marcel Duchamp rocked the art world with his "Fountain," a urinal turned upside down with some drilled holes. The point? What do you see? The artist would say to keep looking and then the layers of meaning may unfold for the viewer - or - perhaps it's just a urinal which elicits a variety of responses from the viewer. Is Gustave Courbet's "The Origin of the World" pornography or much more than its surface physicality? These flagrantly different conceptions are comic yet also a window into the world of contemplation and artistic creation that spans 150 years, that which is called "modern art."

The text then covers multiple schools of art, beginning with pre-Impressionism and Impressionism which is much more than many viewers perceive of as "just dots" and really convey the first time artists wanted to paint outdoors, carefully watching how light and shade created beauty in nature's everyday scenes. It also describes how the artists of this period risked so much and even started their own schools to rival the prevailing "Academy" system, speaking for the passion of creativity that they felt deserved a larger, appreciative audience.

So this story continues with coverage of Cezanne, Primitivism, Fauvism, Cubism, Futurism, Suprematism, Constructivism, Neo-Plasticism, Dadaism, Surrealism, Abstract Expressionism, Pop Art, Conceptualism, Minimalism, Post-Modernism, and Art Now. Making art three-dimensional on a flat surface, variations of color expressing how one views reality with more vivid colors creating emotional appeal, art with two simple colors that viewed long enough brought the viewer's unconscious into the perception, and so much more.

What Are You Looking At?... is a fascinating, intelligently written, very readable look into similarities, differences, and new concepts in the modern artistic world quite frequently seen at the Museum of Modern Art as well as other museums and galleries throughout the world. It's a must read for every person who wants to understand and appreciate great art! Superb and highly recommended!!!
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3.0 étoiles sur 5 Excellent history but ... 1 janvier 2013
Par Vikhawk - Publié sur Amazon.com
The book is an excellent history of modern and contemporary art. If you know nothing about modern art, you will have a very good understanding of it after reading the book. He starts with Impressionism and discusses all of the major artists and movements up to the present time. It is well written and is meant for the general reader. Although he puts many photographs of the art that he discusses in the book, my main criticism of the book is that he fails to put photographs of all of the paintings and sculptures that he mentions. I would estimate that he left out photographs of about half of the artwork that he discusses in the book. It is very difficult to follow the discussion about a painting if you aren't familiar with the art and you don't have the picture in front of you. Because of this, I continually had to go to the computer and pull up the picture on the internet to understand what he was talking about. Then with the picture on the computer, I would read his discussion of the piece of art.

Finally, although the book claims that you will understand modern art after reading the book, he didn't convince me. For example, he explains one painting as "representing the entire cosmos, and all life within it." That appears to be a conclusion rather than an explanation as to why a black square on a white canvas is great art. However, if you have any interest in modern art, I definitely recommend this book. It is an excellent introduction to modern art and I just hope that any subsequent edition puts pictures of all the artwork in the book. If he had pictures of all of the art that he discusses in the book, I would have given it five stars.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Makes art accessible in a fun, intriguing discussion 21 décembre 2012
Par Sigrid Olsen - Publié sur Amazon.com
With Sir Nicholas Serota's recommendation on the back, one can almost be certain that this will be a great addition to the armchair art historian. The stories in the book are written in an interesting manner...and not glib or patronizing which is the downfall of many "art history for the masses" books. Gompertz treats his subjects with respect, but just when the reader is prepared for him to veer off into a lurid biographical tidbit...he keeps the focus on the paintings and art techniques. This is the real strength of the book, and very few authors can manage the balance when they attempt to educate.

I enjoyed perusing the "tube map" of modern art on the inside front and back covers. I do wish, however, that Gompertz would have taken a chapter out to focus on some of the German/Austrian painters, including Dix and the New Objectivity, along with the work of the expressionist Kokaschka...who had a breakdown, and created a life size puppet of Alma Mahler (which he later painted and the painting is in the collection of the Stuttgart Art Museum). The German museums are teeming with many of these artists, but in this case, perhaps Gompertz could not cover it all.

I can this book no greater compliment than this:

Mr. Gompertz reads like the great teacher he is.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Splendid primer educates and entertains 14 août 2013
Par Montana Skyline - Publié sur Amazon.com
If you want to better understand the subject and method of modern art, Gompertz has provided a splendid primer. While I suspect that even the art sophisticate can enjoy his insights and wit, this really is written for the rest of us. Gompertz provides a lively, chronological tour of the art and artists that have supplied the last 150 years of modern art, and does so with equal parts of humor, respect and affection. It is evident that he wants you to appreciate --and enjoy-- modern art as much as he does. While applying his own erudition with the lightest of touches, Gompertz succeeds in educating his reader's sensibility and leaves you wanting more. How many books of art history/criticism can claim so much?

Even more plates and illustrations would be a plus, but many are included, and these are very well selected to tell the story of modern art's developing styles. I tend to reserve 5 stars for "classics" that are not to be missed. Whether this short book will be considered a classic of its kind, I don't know, but if you are looking to be both instructed and entertained on the subject of modern art, I don't think that you could do much better.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Entertaining, Enlightenting, Energizing 4 août 2013
Par SMR - Publié sur Amazon.com
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The creative comparisons Will Gompertz made in explaining modern art were down to earth, drawn from real life, and most entertaining. Enlightening comes right behind as a descriptor, though, because he decodes and demystifies many difficult-to-understand artworks. He certainly energized me to research and read more. I often came back to his descriptions after the "artspeak" of some art historians muddied already murky waters. Gompertz says it in plain English. I wish there had been more on art of the last 20 years. Let's hope for a sequel. SMR
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