Ways of Looking: How to Experience Contemporary Art

Author(s): Ossian Ward

Art and Design

Art has changed. Those reassuringly familiar styles and movements that characterised art production prior to the twenty-first century have all vanished. Traditional artistic media no longer do what we expect of them. This book provides a straightforward, six-step programme for understanding contemporary art based on the concept of the tabula rasa a clean slate and a fresh mind. Since artists increasingly work across traditional media and genres, the author has also developed an alternative classification system Art as Entertainment, Art as Confrontation, Art as Joke designed to help make sense of otherwise obscure-seeming works. Ways of Looking transforms a potentially intimidating encounter with cuttingedge contemporary art into a dramatic, sensually rewarding and thoughtprovoking experience.


Product Information

Ossian Ward is Head of Content at the Lisson Gallery. He was previously chief art critic at Time Out London.

General Fields

  • : 9781780671932
  • : Laurence King Publishing
  • : Laurence King Publishing
  • : August 2014
  • : 225mm X 140mm
  • : August 2014
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : 176
  • : 85 colour illustrations
  • : Ossian Ward
  • : Paperback
  • : English
  • : 709.05