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Why Your Five Year Old Could Not Have Done That

Modern Art Explained

Have you ever looked at a "masterpiece" of abstract art and said, "My kid could do that"?

In Why Your Five Year Old Could Not Have Done That, author Susie Hodge sets out to counter that familiar sentiment by explaining why the best examples of modern art are actually the result of sophisticated thought and serious talent. For skeptics and fans alike, this engaging and thought-provoking look at 100 controversial paintings and sculptures reveals just what is so special about artworks of apparent simplicity.

From Marcel Duchamp's notorious "Fountain" and the scribbles of Cy Twombly to Mark Rothko's multiforms and Carl Andre’s uncarved blocks, Hodge addresses critical outrage with a revealing insight into the technical skill, layering of ideas, and sheer inspiration behind each work. In cleverly organized chapters such as "Objects/Toys," "Provocations/Tantrums," and "People/Monsters," Hodges thoughtfully and definitively lays bare the perception that modern art is mere child's play.

Author — Susie Hodge.

Paperback. 224 pages. 5" × 7¾" (13 cm × 19 cm).

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