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How to Enjoy Art: A Guide for Everyone

How to Enjoy Art: A Guide for Everyone

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Publication Date: March 28th, 2023
Yale University Press
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An entertaining and lively guide to rediscovering the pleasure in art

“Ben Street is one of the greatest communicators and writers on art. [This is] an expert guide to looking at and understanding art. Beautifully put together and brilliantly written.”—Katy Hessel, author of The Story of Art Without Men

How to Enjoy Art: A Guide for Everyone provides the tools to understand and enjoy works of art. Debunking the pervasive idea that specialist knowledge is required to understand and appreciate art, instead How to Enjoy Art focuses on experience and pleasure, demonstrating how anyone can find value and enjoyment in art. Examples from around the world and throughout art history—from works by Fra Angelico and Berthe Morisot to Kazuo Shiraga and Kara Walker—are used to demonstrate how a handful of core strategies and skills can help enhance the experience of viewing art works. With these skills, anyone can encounter any work of art—regardless of media, artist, or period—and find some resonance with their own experiences. How to Enjoy Art encourages us to rediscover the fundamental pleasure in viewing art.

About the Author

Ben Street is an art historian and writer. He has worked as an art history lecturer and educator at a wide variety of institutions, including the Museum of Modern Art and the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, and Tate and The National Gallery, London. He is author of a number of books on art, for both children and adult audiences.