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I've always been able to appreciate art better when I have some sort of explanation for it. Either in terms of its craftsmanship or its meaning or its significance. Its not that I can't make my own mind up, I just feel uneasy relying solely on my own judgement, probably in case i am missing the point. I forgive myself this particular shortcoming on the grounds that I am a wedding photographer so I sort of use art with a practical point of reference. I'm quite comfortable with that framework, just as I am with Monet or Degas, but less so when I am looking at something a bit more challenging.
I bought this book so I could begin to see modern art properly. Not just trying to understand and judge it on the basis of my own, admittedly limited, viewpoint.
And that is exactly what the book has enabled me to do. It is beautifully illustrated, well written and easy to 'dip into'. The examples used are well chosen and carefully explained. It includes photography as well as paintings, sculpture and installations.
I am still not sure if Gerhard Richter isn't having us on and to be honest I still don't get what Tracey Emin's bed has to do with her state of mind, (except in a literal and rather GCSE project sort of way) but at least I feel more equipped to have those responses now.