September 23, 2012

What Are You Looking At?

cover image of What Are You Looking At?
The Surprising, Shocking, and Sometimes Strange Story of 150 Years of Modern Art
Will Gompertz

The former director of London’s Tate Gallery of Art sees an interesting paradox when it comes to modern art. While people come in great numbers to visit museums like the MoMA, they often don’t fully comprehend the art they're looking at. In his debut book, Gompertz takes us on a lively tour of the modern art world, from Monet’s water lilies to Van Gogh’s sunflowers to Pollock’s drips to Warhol’s soup cans and all the “isms” in between. He also answers such questions as: What is modern art? Why do we either love it or hate it? Why is it such big money? And can’t my 5-year-old do the same thing? (The answer is no).