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Think Like an Artist: . . . and Lead a More Creative, Productive Life by [Gompertz, Will]
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Will Gompertz is the best teacher you never had (Guardian)

The Shock of the New redone a la Bill Bryson . . . richly detailed and highly entertaining (Daily Telegraph on What Are You Looking At?)

Hugely accessible . . . writes about difficult things without letting on that they are difficult (Independent on Sunday on What Are You Looking At?)

A romp through art history and the creative mind ... full of entertaining anecdote (Guardian)

Gompertz doesn't have it in him to be boring. He clearly loves art too much and his book ... succeeds as a short love letter to art. The pictures are wonderful (The Times)

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The 21st century needs us to conceive and realize ideas of value more than ever. Like Caravaggio, add rigour to your passions, which drives ideas. Be an entrepreneur. Like Warhol and Hirst, make creativity your most bankable asset. Even Van Gogh said: 'It is absolutely my duty to try to make money by my work.' Master your tools. Don't let computers, phones and email rule your life - follow Grayson Perry's example, and avoid distractions and procrastinating on craft. Continually seek out competition and inspiration. Like Picasso and Matisse, like-minded individuals can spur you on. Be brave, and don't be afraid to move to where the competition is, if that is a job or a city. This witty and inspiring book identifies ten lessons we can learn from the greatest artists across history, and interviews leading contemporary artists who are putting these skills into use today. Beautifully designed with cartoons, illustrations, and colour pictures of the key artworks, it will give you the tools to unlock your creativity and thrive at work and in your personal life. It will be enjoyed by fans of Paul Arden's book It's Not How Good You are, it's How Good You Want to be, Alain de Botton's How Proust can Change Your Life and My Name is Charles Saatchi and I am an Artoholic. As the BBC's Arts Editor, Will Gompertz has interviewed and observed many of the world's leading artists, directors, novelists, musicians, actors and designers. Creativity Magazine in New York ranked him as one of the 50 most original thinkers in the world. He is the author of the international bestselling art history book What Are You Looking At? Which has been published in over 15 languages.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 49492 KB
  • Print Length: 203 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin (16 July 2015)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00T3UIYFG
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Screen Reader: Supported
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars 48 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #51,421 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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This is a great little book to inspire you get on with things rather than pick the fluff out of the tumble dryer.
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Everyone creative should read this.
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The book was for my sister, she loved it :)
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A neat little book, well written, easy to read and inspiring. Would recommend to anyone who wants to open their mind to creative thinking
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Love it! A really fun digestible history of art. Interesting, informative and enjoyable.
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An excellent and readable little book which goes beyond the normal 'how to be an artist' type of offering. It made me think hard about my artistic practice and review where I was going. A book to encourage when things are going well and help you through those dark days when nothing seems to be working!
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Just brilliant. I've read a lot of this genre of book, for personal use and for the work I do. Many of them get very philosophical and at times can be quite depressing - they almost lock you into the 'struggle' mindset. This is very different, not just for the quality of the writing, but also the mindset, which I think could be summarised as - just get on with it :-) I will come back to this book a lot I suspect, especially Chapter 2 on artist's seeing things that don't work as just milestones along the way to finding what does. It's also a really quick read - only 200 pages but good value, especially as I got it for just over half price.
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. . . An artist, or a contemporary art critic, whose job consists of puffing bad boys (and girls) raking in cash by the cartload? There is plenty to celebrate in this nifty little tome, with its excellent advice on perseverance, boldness, hard work, making connections and studying canonical figures of the past. Wonderful full-page quotes, too, and an ingenious foldout at the back. But I found myself wondering, too often, whether it was a book about art or a promotional flyer for modern-day masters who splodge and scribble their way to the Tate and MOMA. The modern-day creator, after all, is just one half of the circus, with the friendly journalist playing an equally 'critical' role, backing PC favourites (quelle surprise) to ensure the new stars are garlanded and iconised wherever they go. Gompertz presents us here with the increasingly clichéd concept of art as rule-breaking, rather than as the final stage of a long and difficult craft whose rules are of the absolute essence. Nor is there anything in this book about the journey of an individual spirit in creating soulful yet baffling beauty. Instead Duchamp's anti-aesthetics reign supreme, as all across trendy London town. (Does anyone like that overrated and far-too-influential chess-player?) Thinking like an artist (as opposed to an anti-arti wizard of self-promotion) should conjure up something beyond business and Edward de Bono. There is a contemplative and religious/spiritual side to this largely misunderstood calling. The iconic names of the past knew how to develop virtue, rather than boast about vileness. Virgil and Vermeer - both mentioned in Gompertz's book - were aware of this profound but sadly neglected "thought". A decent start, but not the whole story by any means. To stick your neck out (like this) is never easy...
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