Will Gompertz - Author

About the Author

Will Gompertz is the BBC Arts Editor and was a Director at the Tate Gallery for 7 years. He is a world expert on Modern Art and has written about the arts for The Times and the Guardian for over 20 years. In 2009, he wrote and performed a sell-out one-man comedy show about modern art at the Edinburgh Festival. He was recently voted one of the world's top 50 creative thinkers by New York's Creativity Magazine.

Featured books by Will Gompertz

What are You Looking At? 150 Years of Modern Art in the Blink of an Eye

What are You Looking At? 150 Years of Modern Art in the Blink of an Eye

Author: Will Gompertz Format: Hardback Release Date: 06/09/2012

From Monet's water lilies to Van Gogh's sunflowers, from Warhol's soup cans to Hirst's pickled shark, hear the stories behind the masterpieces, meet the artists as they really were, and discover the real point of modern art. You will learn: not all conceptual art is bollocks; Picasso is king (but Cezanne is better); Pollock is no drip; Dali painted with his moustache; a urinal changed the course of art, why your 5-year-old really couldn't do it. Refreshing, irreverent and always straightforward, What Are You Looking At? cuts through the pretentious art speak and asks all the basic questions that you were too afraid to ask. Your next gallery trip is going to be a little less intimidating and a lot more interesting. It includes full of beautiful colour and black and white illustrations. It includes a free pull-out map of Modern Art to guide you through the movements. 'Will Gompertz is a natural communicator whose passion for art is expressed with wit and verve' Sir Nicholas Serota, Director of Tate Gallery Will Gompertz is the BBC Arts Editor and probably the world's first art history stand-up comedian. He was a Director at the Tate Gallery for 7 years. He has a particular interest in modern art and has written about the arts for The Times and the Guardian for over 20 years. In 2009, he wrote and performed a sell-out one-man comedy show about modern art at the Edinburgh Festival. He was recently voted one of the world's top 50 creative thinkers by New York's Creativity Magazine .

Other books by Will Gompertz

What Are You Looking At?

What Are You Looking At?

Author: Will Gompertz, Irina Litvinova Format: eBook Release Date: 06/12/2016

In the tradition of Eats, Shoots & Leaves, art history with a sense of humorEvery year, millions of museum and gallery visitors ponder the modern art on display and secretly ask themselves, "e;Is this art?"e; A former director at London's Tate Gallery and now the BBC arts editor, Will Gompertz made it his mission to bring modern art's exciting history alive for everyone, explaining why an unmade bed or a pickled shark can be art-and why a five-year-old couldn't really do it. Rich with extraordinary tales and anecdotes, What Are You Looking At? entertains as it arms readers with the knowledge to truly understand and enjoy what it is they're looking at.

What Are You Looking At? 150 Years of Modern Art in the Blink of an Eye

What Are You Looking At? 150 Years of Modern Art in the Blink of an Eye

Author: Will Gompertz Format: Paperback Release Date: 07/04/2016

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 on a dazzling tour that will change the way you look at modern art forever. From Monet's water lilies to Van Gogh's sunflowers, from Warhol's soup cans to Hirst's pickled shark, hear the stories behind the masterpieces, meet the artists as they really were, and discover the real point of modern art. You will learn: not all conceptual art is bollocks; Picasso is king (but Cezanne is better); Pollock is no drip; Dali painted with his moustache; a urinal changed the course of art, why your five year-old really couldn't do it. Refreshing, irreverent and always straightforward, What Are You Looking At? asks all the basic questions that you were too afraid to ask. Your next gallery trip is going to be a little less intimidating and a lot more interesting.

Gandeste ca un artist: invata cu van Gogh, Picasso sau Andy Warhol cum sa fii creativ in orice domeniu

Gandeste ca un artist: invata cu van Gogh, Picasso sau Andy Warhol cum sa fii creativ in orice domeniu

Author: Will Gompertz Format: eBook Release Date: 05/04/2016

Cum reusesc unii sa vina mereu cu idei noi? Si cum fac ca ideile lor sa fie apreciate? Ca arts editor la BBC, Will Gompertz a studiat si intervievat de-a lungul anilor unii dintre cei mai originali artisti ai lumii. In opinia sa, exista cateva calitati pe care le au toti oamenii de succes, indiferent daca sunt scriitori sau regizori, matematicieni sau filosofi. Iar creativitatea este una dintre ele. Analizand sursele de inspiratie si modul de lucru al marilor artisti mai vechi sau mai noi, de la Vermeer si Michelangelo pana la Marcel Duchamp si Andy Warhol, Will Gompertz te invata sa gandesti creativ. Sfaturile sale te vor ajuta sa-ti valorifici talentul si sa-ti descoperi noi resurse, oricare ar fi domeniul tau de activitate.

Think Like an Artist . . . and Lead a More Creative, Productive Life

Think Like an Artist . . . and Lead a More Creative, Productive Life

Author: Will Gompertz Format: Paperback Release Date: 16/07/2015

Think Like an Artist by BBC Arts editor Will Gompertz - wisdom and smart thinking from Da Vinci to Ai Weiwei Why do some people seem to find it easy to come up with fresh, brilliant ideas? And how do they turn them into something worthwhile? After spending years getting up close and personal with some of the world's greatest creative thinkers, the BBC's Arts Editor Will Gompertz has discovered a handful of traits that are common to them all. Basic practices and processes that allow their talents to flourish, and which we can adopt - no matter what we do - to help us achieve extraordinary things too. It's time to Think Like An Artist and ... Become Seriously Curious (Caravaggio's discovery of optical lenses changed art for ever.) Think Big Picture and Fine Detail (Turner transformed a masterpiece with a tiny dab of red paint.) And realize ... It's Nearly Always Plan B (Mondrian spent years painting trees before becoming a master of abstraction.) 'Will Gompertz is the best teacher you never had' Guardian

What Are You Looking At? (Audio Series)

What Are You Looking At? (Audio Series)

Author: Will Gompertz Format: eBook Release Date: 08/11/2012

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 tenth of this 20-part course, discover how, for all the importance of the Russian Revolution, it was their artists who actually changed the world; and came up with the epitome of cool abstraction which we still so love now. And if you want to examine the images in question, just use the accompanying pdf, or follow the links mentioned in the audio.Suprematism / Constructivism 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.

What Are You Looking At? (Audio Series)

What Are You Looking At? (Audio Series)

Author: Will Gompertz Format: eBook Release Date: 01/11/2012

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 ninth of this 20-part course, take the first step on the long road towards total abstraction, as artists of all kinds attempted to unify their visions into a blueprint for a better world. And if you want to examine the images in question, just use the accompanying pdf, or follow the links mentioned in the audio.Kandinsky / Orphism / Blue Rider 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.

What Are You Looking At? (Audio Series)

What Are You Looking At? (Audio Series)

Author: Will Gompertz Format: eBook Release Date: 25/10/2012

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 eighth of this 20-part course, the West is in ferment and turmoil as the Great War approaches. Artistic movements of the time reflected both the terror and hope of a world in flux. And if you want to examine the images in question, just use the accompanying pdf, or follow the links mentioned in the audio.Futurism 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.

What Are You Looking At? (Audio Series)

What Are You Looking At? (Audio Series)

Author: Will Gompertz Format: eBook Release Date: 18/10/2012

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 seventh of this 20-part course, you can discover just how wrong you were about Cubists. They didn't paint cubes, for a start. But they did change the way we look at objects and the way artists represent them. And if you want to examine the images in question, just use the accompanying pdf, or follow the links mentioned in the audio.Cubism 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.

What Are You Looking At? (Audio Series)

What Are You Looking At? (Audio Series)

Author: Will Gompertz Format: eBook Release Date: 11/10/2012

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 sixth of this 20-part course, find out how if you want to be really now, really modern, really ahead of the game, you need to go backwards. Primitivism and Fauvism re-coloured and recalibrated early 20th century art, taking inspiration from the most ancient sources they could find. And if you want to examine the images in question, just use the accompanying pdf, or follow the links mentioned in the audio.Primitivism/Fauvism 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.

What Are You Looking At? (Audio Series)

What Are You Looking At? (Audio Series)

Author: Will Gompertz Format: eBook Release Date: 04/10/2012

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 Cézanne, the fifth of this 20-part course, one man discovers the 19th century equivalent of 3-D HD; Cezanne 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.

What Are You Looking At? (Audio Series)

What Are You Looking At? (Audio Series)

Author: Will Gompertz Format: eBook Release Date: 27/09/2012

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 fourth of this 20-part course, you can discover how three great artists - van Gogh, Gaugin and Seurat - changed the look of modern art with radical reimaginings of colour, line and subject matter. And find out which one of them was an arrogant self-publicising dandy, bully and a syphilitic schemer. If you want to see the images in question, just use the accompanying pdf, or follow the links. Post-Impressionism 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, Cézanne, 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.

What Are You Looking At? (Audio Series)

What Are You Looking At? (Audio Series)

Author: Will Gompertz Format: eBook Release Date: 20/09/2012

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 third of this 20-part course, a group of young artists are given a name - the Impressionists; and they're not happy about it. Bringing spontaneity and realism to their paintings of industrial Europe, they draw influences from as far away as Japan, and as their works become popular in America, they become the art of the modern world. And if you want to see the images in question, just use the accompanying pdf, or follow the links. The Impressionists 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, Cézanne, 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.

What Are You Looking At? (Audio Series)

What Are You Looking At? (Audio Series)

Author: Will Gompertz Format: eBook Release Date: 13/09/2012

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 second of this 20-part course, you can find out how the classically-inclined establishment and the new democratic realists clashed; and how the pictures that now adorn your biscuit tins and tea-towels are deeply subversive. Hear the stories behind the banned pictures now regarded as masterpieces, and if you want to see the images in question, just use the accompanying pdf or follow the links. The Pre-Impressionists 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, Cézanne, 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.

What Are You Looking At? (Audio Series)

What Are You Looking At? (Audio Series)

Author: Will Gompertz Format: eBook Release Date: 06/09/2012

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, Cézanne, 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.

The Art Of Monarchy

The Art Of Monarchy

Author: Will Gompertz Format: CD-Audio Release Date: 24/05/2012

The Royal Collection is one of the most wide-ranging collections of art and artefacts in the world and provides an intriguing insight into the minds of the monarchs who have assembled it. In this series, BBC Arts Editor Will Gompertz examines dozens of these unique objects, in a quest to 'use the Collection as a prism through which to better understand the art of being a monarch'. From intimate portraits to epic tapestries, from the Coronation pen to the Investiture sword, from a treatise against Martin Luther to the first televised Christmas message, each has an absorbing history. Famous objects such as the Gold State Coach and the Imperial State Crown rub shoulders with lesser-known but still fascinating artefacts such as the Exeter Salt and the Wriothesley Garter Book. With the help of historians, academics and Royal Collection curators, Gompertz selects choice items to find out what secrets they reveal about the art of monarchy.

Art of Monarchy, The

Art of Monarchy, The

Author: Will Gompertz Format: eBook Release Date: 01/01/1970

The Royal Collection is one of the most wide-ranging collections of art and artefacts in the world and provides an intriguing insight into the minds of the monarchs who have assembled it. In this series, BBC Arts Editor Will Gompertz examines dozens of these unique objects, in a quest to 'use the Collection as a prism through which to better understand the art of being a monarch'. From intimate portraits to epic tapestries, from the Coronation pen to the Investiture sword, from a treatise against Martin Luther to the first televised Christmas message, each has an absorbing history. Famous objects such as the Gold State Coach and the Imperial State Crown rub shoulders with lesser-known but still fascinating artefacts such as the Exeter Salt and the Wriothesley Garter Book. With the help of historians, academics and Royal Collection curators, Gompertz selects choice items to find out what secrets they reveal about the art of monarchy.

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