Will Gompertz: Double Art History – The Sequel
- Robin Hodge
- 23 August 2019
This article is from 2019
BBC Arts Editor returns with another humorous lecture about the world of contemporary art
Will Gompertz, the Beeb's Arts Editor, is one of those rare people who always has something interesting and intelligible to say about contemporary art. This year, he is back with a new take on this purportedly impromptu tutorial. He presents an overview of the major turning points in art history that stemmed from the work of impressionists Monet and Manet. He goes on to explain the way a urinal became the symbol of the modern movement and brings it all up to date with a discussion of the significance of Tracey Emin's My Bed.
It culminates in a written test for each member of the audience marked by the person sitting next to you. Throughout, it is Gompertz's enthusiasm, wit and passion that carries you with him. At the end, as with all good teachers, you emerge better informed, refreshed and inspired.
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