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.
Praise for See What You're Missing
The Shock of the New redone à la Bill Bryson . . . richly detailed and highly entertainingDaily Telegraph on What Are You Looking At?
Gompertz doesn't have it in him to be boringThe Times
He is a natural communicator whose passion for art is expressed with wit and verveSir Nicholas Serota, Chair of Arts Council England
Hugely accessible . . . writes about difficult things without letting on that they are difficultIndependent on Sunday on What Are You Looking At?
Lively, fresh, energetic . . . He explains movements and "isms" with clarity and humourScotsman on What Are You Looking At?
Will Gompertz is the best teacher you never hadGuardian