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  • Published: 30 June 2022
  • ISBN: 9780241981733
  • Imprint: Penguin eBooks
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 352

See What You're Missing

34 Ways Artists Notice the World - and How You Can Too




The internationally-bestselling author on how art can help us appreciate life

Artists have learnt to pay attention. The rest of us spend most of our time on auto-pilot, rushing from place to place, our overfamiliarity blinding us to the marvellous, life-affirming phenomena of our world. But that doesn't have to be the case.

In his typical engaging style, Will Gompertz takes us into the minds of artists - from contemporary stars to old masters, the well-known to the lesser-so, and from around the world - to show us how to look and experience the world with their heightened awareness.

In See What You're Missing we learn, for example, how Hasegawa Tohaku can help us to see beauty, how David Hockney helps us to see colour, and how Frida Kahlo can help us see pain. In doing so we come to know the exhilarating feeling of being truly alive.

  • Published: 30 June 2022
  • ISBN: 9780241981733
  • Imprint: Penguin eBooks
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 352

About the author

Will Gompertz

Will Gompertz is a world-leading expert in, and champion of, the arts. Having spent seven years as a Director of the Tate Galleries followed by eleven years as the BBC's Arts Editor, he is now Artistic Director at the Barbican. Will has interviewed and observed many of the world's leading artists, actors, writers, musicians, directors and designers. Creativity magazine in New York ranked him as one of the 50 most original thinkers in the world. He is the author of the internationally bestselling What Are You Looking At? and Think Like an Artist, both translated into more than 20 languages.

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Praise for See What You're Missing

The Shock of the New redone à la Bill Bryson . . . richly detailed and highly entertaining

Daily Telegraph on What Are You Looking At?

Gompertz doesn't have it in him to be boring

The Times

He is a natural communicator whose passion for art is expressed with wit and verve

Sir Nicholas Serota, Chair of Arts Council England

Hugely accessible . . . writes about difficult things without letting on that they are difficult

Independent on Sunday on What Are You Looking At?

Lively, fresh, energetic . . . He explains movements and "isms" with clarity and humour

Scotsman on What Are You Looking At?

Will Gompertz is the best teacher you never had

Guardian

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