• What Are You Looking At?

  • 150 Years of Modern Art in the Blink of an Eye
  • By: Will Gompertz
  • Narrated by: Roy McMillan
  • Length: 13 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Release date: 09-11-14
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
  • 4.7 (57 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Penguin presents the unabridged, downloadable audiobook edition of What Are You Looking At? by Will Gompertz, read by Roy McMilllan. 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 zanne is better); Pollock is no drip; Dali painted with his moustache; a urinal changed the course of art; and why your 5-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.
©2014 Will Gompertz (P)2014 Penguin Books Limited
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By Beatriz Santana on 10-26-15

What are you looking at 150 years of modern Art

Would you listen to What Are You Looking At? again? Why?

Amazing book! I purchased it to help me with a modern art class and I loved it. I would recommend it,

What was one of the most memorable moments of What Are You Looking At??

I enjoyed the whole book.

Have you listened to any of Roy McMillan’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

No

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

Every chapter was interesting and informative.

Any additional comments?

Great way to understand what happened with art at this time.

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By Chipper on 01-21-15

Good book. Well read.

Informative overview, real knowledge with a good sense of humor. Reader delivers it perfectly. Well worth a listen for art lovers and those curious.

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By douglas on 09-16-16

Its a great listen. Intelligent and engaging.

Its a great example of an audio text that is well read, intelligent with a good central voice that is keen to teach the history of modern art to all without being too light and poppy or too wordy and heavy. perfect balance. I'll be listening to this again.

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By Ryan Pink on 10-30-17

What a great journey

I have dabbled in visiting modern art for the last decade or so just because i like the way it seems to communicate ideas without words....I found this book gives it’s a framework and context, so the enjoy it more. Loved it

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By Stephanie on 01-27-16

Fascinating

A really great summary of this period of art and history. Really good as an introduction, or as a refresher. Well read and engaging. Loved it.

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By SYLVIANNE on 09-18-15

brilliant, educational, entertaining, insightful

brings all the important transformative artists & movements of the last 150 years to life

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