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 the fifth installment of this 20-part course, one man discovers the 19th century equivalent of 3-D HD: Cézanne becomes the first person to paint using two eyes, completely reinventing perspective, and thus affecting pretty much every picture you’ve seen since.
And if you want to examine the images in question, just use the accompanying PDF, or follow the links mentioned in the audio.
"Cézanne" 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. 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.
©2012 Will Gompertz (P)2012 Penguin Books Ltd
I'm not really a ranking type person, but I did enjoy the book very much.
Learining that Cézanne was attempting to depict the realism of our real life viewing experience as opposed to viewing objects from a static position.
I listened to Postmodernism and liked it just as much.
Learning that Cézanne did so much tremendous work from such a remote location without seeking to immerse himself in Parisian culture or anything else like that. This means a lot to me because I am an artist who, because of a physical disability, is limited in my ability to travel to New York or the West Coast, the necessity of which was hammered into every student in the art program I attended.
This whole series 'What are you looking at?' is a masterpiece. Gompertz enjoys full mastery of the subject but what is most appealing is the succinct, original and clear way he tackles the subject. It is a pleasure listening to his explanations which he expounds most lucidly. Worth every cent. I have read hundreds of books on art and can recognize excellent material quickly.This is how art should be explained.
Listening to Gompertz reading, adds to the flavour and glint of his book. He gives the written word a stronger impact.
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