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What Are You Looking At?: A Urinal as Art | [Will Gompertz]

What Are You Looking At?: A Urinal as Art

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, the BBC Arts Editor, and probably the world’s first art-history stand-up comedian, on a dazzling audio tour that will change the way you think about modern art forever.

In this 20-part course, each episode will explain a different modern-art movement in under an hour. In "A Urinal as Art", the first of the series, you will learn that not all conceptual art is rubbish, and that a porcelain pissoir revolutionized the art world in 1917.

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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, the BBC Arts Editor, and probably the world’s first art-history stand-up comedian, on a dazzling audio tour that will change the way you think about modern art forever.

In this 20-part course, each episode will explain a different modern-art movement in under an hour. In "A Urinal as Art", the first of the series, you will learn that not all conceptual art is rubbish, and that a porcelain pissoir revolutionized the art world in 1917. With Gompertz as your trusty guide, you will discover the story behind a masterpiece, and if you want to see an image of the artwork, just use the accompanying picture guide (pdf) or follow one of the links suggested.

"A Urinal As Art" is part of a downloadable audiobook series taken from the book What Are You Looking At?: 150 Years of Modern Art in the Blink of an Eye. Future titles include Impressionism, C’zanne, Cubism, and Pop Art. You can take the whole course, or pick and choose which movement suits you. Whether you are a sceptic or an art lover, this funny, lively, and accessible course on modern art is bound to make your next gallery or museum visit a little less intimidating, and a lot more interesting.

Download the accompanying reference guide.

©2012 Will Gompertz (P)2012 Penguin Books Ltd

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