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A Work On Art
on November 24, 2012
A tutorial on modern art by a British expert, written in a breezy, conversational style.
I think that the author, Will Gompertz, does a nice job of informing the reader of the various courses the stream of art in Europe and America have taken over the flow of the last 150 years, especially to and through Minimalism.
The last few chapters were more of a struggle for me as the ever enthusiastic Mr. Gompertz runs through a few of the highly publized artists of recent years, attempting to convince the reader that their works (for example, those of Damien Hirst, Tracey Emin, and Jeff Koons) are worth the immense media attention and the millions showered on them by a few wealthy collectors. I remain unconvinced.
As I am of his choice of the clunky word "Entrepreneurialism" to describe the hodgepodge created by Mr. Gompertz' selection of artists from the last few decades.