Art has changed. Familiar styles and movements that characterized art production prior to the twenty-first century have all vanished. Traditional artistic media no longer do what we expect of them.
Ways of Looking provides a six-step programme for understanding contemporary art based on the concept of the tabula rasa — a clean slate and a fresh mind. It transforms a potentially intimidating encounter with cutting-edge art into a dramatic, sensually rewarding and thought-provoking experience.
About the Author
Ossian Ward is Head of Content at the Lisson Gallery. He was previously chief art critic at Time Out London.
Chapter 1: An Introduction to Looking Again
How to Look at: Video Art
Chapter 2: Art as Entertainment
How to Look at: Public Art
Chapter 3: Art as Confrontation
How to Look at: Autobiographical Art
Chapter 4: Art as Event
How to Look at: Performance Art
Chapter 5: Art as Message
How to Look at: Figurative Art
Chapter 6: Art as Joke
How to Look at: Installation Art
Chapter 7: Art as Spectacle
How to Look at: Apocalyptic Art
Chapter 8: Art as Meditation
How to Look at: Abstract Art