Why a Painting Is Like a Pizza: A Guide to Understanding and Enjoying Modern Art
by Nancy G. Heller
This was an incredibly fast read with many pictures; a good approach if you are trying to get your audience to appreciate or at least understand modern art. Nothing turns off readers more than droning on and on with a bunch of “artsy jargon” and no examples to gaze at. I think if the average person on the street were to read this book, they would without a doubt have a deeper understanding and therefore appreciation for some of the modern art that can be visible in contemporary museums and galleries.
Lone this book to your uncle who complains every time the news talks about a painting that sells for millions. Buy a copy for your friend who refuses to look at nonrepresentational paintings in the “modern” section of the museum. Ultimately this book is a brief, but clever eye opener for that question, “why is this painting hanging in this museum?”