- By Will Gompertz

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

  • Title: What Are You Looking At?: 150 Years of Modern Art in the Blink of an Eye
  • Author: Will Gompertz
  • ISBN: 9780241965993
  • Page: 489
  • Format: Paperback
  • What Are You Looking At Years of Modern Art in the Blink of an Eye In the tradition of Eats Shoots Leaves art history with a sense of humorEvery year millions of museum and gallery visitors ponder the modern art on display and secretly ask themselves Is this art

    In the tradition of Eats, Shoots Leaves, art history with a sense of humorEvery year, millions of museum and gallery visitors ponder the modern art on display and secretly ask themselves, Is this art A former director at London s Tate Gallery and now the BBC arts editor, Will Gompertz made it his mission to bring modern art s exciting history alive for everyone, eIn the tradition of Eats, Shoots Leaves, art history with a sense of humorEvery year, millions of museum and gallery visitors ponder the modern art on display and secretly ask themselves, Is this art A former director at London s Tate Gallery and now the BBC arts editor, Will Gompertz made it his mission to bring modern art s exciting history alive for everyone, explaining why an unmade bed or a pickled shark can be art and why a five year old couldn t really do it Rich with extraordinary tales and anecdotes, What Are You Looking At entertains as it arms readers with the knowledge to truly understand and enjoy what it is they re looking at.

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    1. The Dutch title of the book is very different and had actually drawn me more towards the book then the English version: ´Dat kan mijn kleine zusje ook - Waarom moderne kunst kunst is´ hinting to the common view that much of modern, especially conceptual, art is a scam, something anyone could make or perform. Since I have had great trouble seeing the art in monocolored canvasses, pointless performances of dancing anorexics flinging about with dead animals, poo sculptures and many of the abstrac [...]

    2. Si sois profanos en el arte como yo, os recomiendo este libro. Ameno y divertido, te da una visión general del arte contemporáneo.

    3. 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 mea [...]

    4. Great light introduction to modern art. Compact and delivered with humour.A bit like a hundred or so pamphlets that you'd pick up at a museum, all weaved together. Given this ambition, don't expect too much depth: it's clearly aimed at laymen like myself who want to give their jaw the capacity to drop a few mm more during their next art gallery visit.On a different note: tell me these aren't art!youtube/watch?v=d7ez-youtube/watch?v=wn9lXyoutube/watch?v=F-S0Tyoutube/watch?v=UXVHZyoutube/watch?v=z [...]

    5. Огляд мистецьких рухів від імпресіоністів до пост-постмодернізму чи як там назвати наші дні. Про базові імена нічого нового не вичитала, себто особливо несподіваного чи глибокого аналізу там нема, але якщо потрібен сумлінний дуже базовий огляд, то це цілком воно. Щоб читач [...]

    6. The author, Will Gompertz, is the BBC Arts editor and former director of London’s Tate Gallery. He takes us on a tour of modern art that is chronologically arranged, but focused on the question of what constitutes “art” and how that idea has unfolded over time.He includes a lot of fascinating gossip and background about the artists of the “modern” period, and very informative vignettes about how they influenced one another. The competitive Picasso, in particular, responded to the achie [...]

    7. Basically a "Modern Art For Dummies" (like me). Entirely unpretentious in tone and form; I learned very much from this easy reading book. On the back cover it says that Gompertz is the world's first self proclaimed "art-history stand-up comedian". After reading that I thought that maybe this book would be too digressive, structurally disjointed, and perhaps even unlearned: which all seemed unappealing to me at the time, since I was looking to find a more comprehensive survey. My fears were extin [...]

    8. I really enjoy modern art and I enjoyed this book. It makes sense of the many movements and styles developed it the arts since the mid nineteenth century. I like that the author wrote in an easy style that was free of pretension that can characterize some art history. This book makes modern art more easily understood and appreciated. I have more to say about each movement in my status updates but in general I really liked this book.

    9. I am an art novice. And, trust me, even that is an overstatement. Being educated since birth in the sciences as an Indian kid you often lose touch with that side of yours which could possibly be beyond equations. And the slowly murdering bitch that time is, I just let go a desire to even appreciate or bother myself with the question 'Is this art?'.After moving to Amsterdam, my inquisitiveness about art remained superficial despite having all of Europe's art at disposal to look at, contemplate, t [...]

    10. This is the book I've been waiting for. I have spent the last few years trying to self-educate on art and art history, secreted away in art-gallery bookstores poring over coffee table books, artists' biographies and compendiums on modern and contemporary art. I've been three valiant attempts at Gombrich's momentous work, The Story of Art, but Gompertz' book has been my breakthrough.He commands an extraordinary scope and breadth of knowledge beginning with the Impressionists and ending c. 2008 (w [...]

    11. I have visited wonderful museums of modern art. And if I was asked what I would change in my life if I could, I would definetely choose reading this book BEFORE going to MoMA and Stedelijk.

    12. Atrt is quite possibly one of the most subjective topics there is. It affects, inspired, and disgusts equally and differently for everyone involved. But until the mid-1800's there were some generally accepted rules that artists followed - but since then that idea has been shot down utterly and completely by modern and contemporary art but not before completely offending and confusing the entire world. The trouble started for the Impressionists when they fell foul of Paris's all-powerful and stuf [...]

    13. i cannot really express how much i enjoyed, and valued, this book. although i expect i was a leg up having been an art major i don't think he was anticipating my knowledge, the author describes almost every work and pictures are provided for many so it never felt like i ought-to-know a work. in addition even as someone with an arts background i felt this book did a good job of showing you the flow from one period to another, and best of all when they overlapped which was always something i strug [...]

    14. well it is not necessarily five, this fits it on favoritenonfiction, but as general, intelligent, not hermetic, not specialist, introduction to art history of the modern era. so the appreciation is on the same level as intro philosophical texts: this makes you want to read on, want to see the works. and of course, there are the limitations of the media. two-dimensional visual art mostly, in small plates, small images, some art more recent being conceptual, performance, multimedia, sculpture, but [...]

    15. ah hell, i wrote up a very nice synop and gr ate it. but a fine fine look at modern art as gompertz is funny, can write clearly and tie things together well, things being friendships, money, critics, movements, philosophies, styles, . if you need one book of art history of last 150 years, this would be a great addition. btw some people really really hate gompertz and dis him like he's the worst boogie man ever to have had an opinion about art. not sure why some hate his guts so much, but i reall [...]

    16. Didáctico y entretenido, las letras y las imágenes fluyen rápidamente frente a uno. Ojo, luego de leer este libro, difícilmente se vuelve a ver el arte e inclusive objetos y espacios cotidianos de la misma manera. Realmente llega a la psique para instalarse ahí.

    17. So many pieces of artwork are referenced in this book that I need to read it with Google to look them up. It would have been great if copies of them were included in the book.

    18. ptashkabook/2017Книга написана цікаво і зовсім нестандартно, не так, як підручники. Автор дуже цікаво подає історію сучасного мистецтва, переплітаючи її із всім, що було пов'язане - політика та історія, мода, архітектура і т.д.В автора хороший гумор і немає фанатичної нав'язливості [...]

    19. Konečně mi někdo vysvětlil moderní umění, před kterým jsem občas nechápavě stál v galeriích a přemýšlel, co se tím básník, tedy umělec, snažil říct. Do detailu sepsaná kniha, která vám pomůže přijít modernímu umění na kloub a vysvětlit, na co se to vlastně díváme (takže název knihy je přesný). A já se teď těším, až navštívím nějakou další výstavu a budu moc studovat umělecká díla novým pohledem.

    20. An excellent introduction for the fan of modern art who doesn’t know enough about it to understand why.

    21. Muy buen libro para principiantes en el arte moderno. Yo he aprendido muchas cosas que no sabía y me he quedado con ganas de aprender más de algunos artistas modernos.

    22. The author is an art-world version of Alton Brown: very knowledgeable but incredibly irritating. I certainly have a better understanding of the progression of art through the twentieth century and today, but I cringed a lot to get here. I came out of this with more respect for Duchamp, who is the only one after the Picasso era who seems to have had truly original ideas. Plus he sounds like the the only one of these artists I'd want to hang out with.

    23. As far as I'm concerned, this started out much better than it ended. That goes for this book and for art movements of the last 100 years.I found it interesting his explanation of how Degas differed from the other impressionists. He did not work rapidly, he preferred the studio to plein air, and while the others were focused on ever-changing light, his focus was on the illusion of movement. He also was an outstanding draftsman, which the others were not.I knew that about this time, art dealers be [...]

    24. Головний герой гарної книги з'являється таким чином: "В половине двенадцатого с северо-запада, со стороны деревни Чмаровки, в Старгород вошел молодой человек лет двадцати восьми. За ним бежал беспризорный."Приблизно так починається перша глава - з того, як Марсель Дюшан під [...]

    25. Among the many good - and not-so-good - books one reads, there's the occasional outstanding one. One like this.Without getting too lyrical, the writer is able to give meaning to artistic movements of the past 100 years, an association I last heard my teacher aesthetics making in times when aesthetics teachers are not particularly a point of reference. But nothing less has been achieved.I happened to be on holiday in Oslo at the time I finished the book.If anything is to be seen in Oslo, it's mod [...]

    26. 2.5 starsAs far I can tell, this book has two purposes-to persuade me of the merit of modern art, and to inform me in an interesting way. It did fairly poorly on both counts. I do not believe that the concept/idea should priority over the medium. Almost anyone can come up with an intriguing concept, but the realization of that concept into a medium takes talent, work, and ingenuity. The part a five-year-old couldn't do is the concept, but my elementary school era "picasso bunny" has more aesthet [...]

    27. I went into this book with some definite doubts about modern art, and I have to confess that I emerged from it with those hesitations still intact. Knowledge rarely impacts one's tastes! However, this very-readable book did an outstanding job of telling the story of modern art: why it started, how it progressed, and how we ended up where we are today. The author did introduce some fictionalized conversations, but he was right up-front about that: the people were where he placed them, when he pla [...]

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