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See What You're Missing by Will Gompertz
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See What You're Missing

31 Ways Artists Notice the World – and How You Can Too
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Length 10 hours 1 minute
Language English
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Summary

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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.

© Will Gompertz 2022 (P) Penguin Audio 2022

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Reviews

Gompertz doesn't have it in him to be boring He is a natural communicator whose passion for art is expressed with wit and verve Will Gompertz is the best teacher you never had Hugely accessible . . . writes about difficult things without letting on that they are difficult The Shock of the New redone à la Bill Bryson . . . richly detailed and highly entertaining Lively, fresh, energetic . . . He explains movements and "isms" with clarity and humour Art can amaze us into changing our minds. This remarkable book teaches us how Highly engaging and thought-provoking Thorough and diverse . . . Gompertz's illuminations of artists' lives and minds are accessible and full of valuable information. This is an exhilarating resource for personal growth, a consciousness-raising exploration for artists and art lovers, and an asset for anyone interested in the who, what, and why of great artworks Gompertz insightfully explores the processes and personalities of a remarkable roster of artists . . . effortless prose and laser focus on the communicative potential of art make this a worthwhile read Offers a tidy lesson in not just getting more from art, but more from life itself . . . lucid and revealing . . . Gompertz is at his best By going straight to the essence of each one's work, Will Gompertz provides a fluent and refreshing introduction to the way art can enable us, in the most unexpected ways, to see the world anew Expand reviews
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