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What Are You Looking At? Audiobook

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

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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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    david 16/11/2016
    david 16/11/2016 Member Since 2016
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    "Wonderful"

    A very enjoyable listen on a fascinating subject told with clarity, insight and humor. Really very good.

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    douglas 16/09/2016
    douglas 16/09/2016 Member Since 2016
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    "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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    David 04/04/2016
    David 04/04/2016
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    "A wonderful background."
    What did you like most about What Are You Looking At??

    Very informative, interesting and although quite academic I found the book entertaining and easy to follow.


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

    Har to say but I learnt something new or had further insight into almost every area of modern art covered.


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

    No I haven't but based on this book I'd be happy to seek out his other performances.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    No for to long and in-depth but it remains a book I'd be happy to play in the background over again


    Any additional comments?

    Thank you Will Gompertz

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Coco the Coo 22/07/2015
    Coco the Coo 22/07/2015 Member Since 2011

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    "Listen to words and look at pictures! Perfect"

    I really enjoyed looking at art on my iPad and listing to Roy read this book.
    An unusual experience for this avid audible fan.
    I really recommend it

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    Mr. Damon G. O'Connell UK 14/05/2015 Member Since 2012
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    "Informative book... but no extra material"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    This is an enjoyable book. But it is marred by no pdf of images.

    A document with click-able web links would of been very helpful.

    The narrator does however read out web links to images. Typing out long web addresses or running searches disrupts the audio experience.


    What about Roy McMillan’s performance did you like?

    Roy Mcmillans performance is excellent.


    If this book were a film would you go see it?

    This would make a good film.


    Any additional comments?

    A compendium of hot links to the images would make it an excellent book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    John W UK 28/03/2015
    John W UK 28/03/2015 Member Since 2015

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    "strong overview of recent art history"

    well narrated and well connected story of recent developments in art from impressionism onwards. well worth a listen. very entertaining.

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  • Beatriz Santana
    26/10/15
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    "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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Chipper
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    21/01/15
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    "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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Nigel
    Tauranga, New Zealand
    30/08/16
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    "Nothing short of awesome"

    An amazing journey through a little over a century of art and artists. Fascinating insights into the gamut of modern art movements. Detailed analysis of many different pieces of art. All built into a magnificent synthesis of the how the big picture flowed through history. I really enjoyed this book and heartily recommend it to anyone with one or more artistic bones in their being.

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  • Darren
    08/04/16
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    "Good read for any level of art knowledge"

    Read this to refresh my knowledge of art, was very easy to listen to. Strongly recommended!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • MARCO
    25/04/15
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    "Really good! Strongly Recommended"

    The book gives a plain full landscape of Art to better understand it! It reminds me what I studied when I was a fresh man in my first year of university.

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  • Ben
    Brisbane, Australia
    03/04/15
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    "An insightful listen"

    I thoroughly enjoyed the performance and highly recommend it.

    I was a little sceptical as to how an art book would go as an audio book but as I have a bit of an art background I thought why not. So glad I did. Will covers in detail the movement and inspiration of the various art movements from the impressionists to today. Insightful, funny and a great performance by Roy McMillan. I did stop the book at times to google the various artworks he described but I found that did not impact on my enjoyment at all.

    Five stars without a doubt.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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