Author(s): Francoise Barbe-Gall
This is a children's art book for grown-ups. In everyday language it shows how to explain to children what to look for and how to enjoy works from the twentieth and twenty-first centuries. How to Talk to Children about Modern Art examines 30 fascinating works by modern and contemporary artists, from Gustav Klimt's Kiss of 1907 to Tim Noble and Sue Webster's British Wildlife of 2000, in galleries around the world. The book gives examples of the kinds of observations and questions a child might ask about the works, and provides straightforward answers. 'The sculptor forgot to give her ears!' 'That can't have taken long to make!' 'Why wrap up a building?' 'Why make a painting look like an old wall?' The book demystifies art appreciation and reveals that the simplest questions can be among the most pertinent. There is plenty that will stimulate children's interest in art and enlighten grown-ups too.
"I can almost hear it go splash! That's exactly what this painting is about -- the movement and above all the noise that goes with it. It is a splash! . . . The only person there is under the water. They've already dived in . . . We got there too late to see them, or we were looking the other way and missed it." from the book
For several years, Francoise Barbe-Gall has been the director of Coreta (Comment Regarder un Tableau), a cultural association on behalf of which she gives lectures. She taught the History of Painting at the University of Censier. Since 1983 she has been Director of Studies at the Louvre School. She is also the author of numerous articles.
The Kiss (1907-08) - Gustav Klimt The Piano (1909) - Frantisek Kupka The Conversation (1909-12) - Henri Matisse Sleeping Muse (1910) - Constantin Brancusi Nude Descending Stairs No. 2 (1912) - Marcel Duchamp The Crucifixion (1930) - Pablo Picasso The Human Condition (1933) - Rene Magritte (National Gallery, Washington DC) Dream Caused by the Flight of a Bee around a Pomegranate a Second Before Awakening (1944) - Salvador Dali Parc des Princes (1952) - Nicholas de Stael Woman I (1950-2) - Willem de Kooning (MoMA, New York) Pintura (Painting) (1955) - Antoni Tapies The Whiteness of the Whale (1957) - Sam Francis (Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo NY) Pilgrim (1960) - Robert Rauschenberg Le Manteau (Coat )1962 - Etienne-Martin Bus Riders (1962) - George Segal (Smithsonian Institution, Washington DC) A Bigger Splash (1967) - David Hockney (Tate, London) Thira (1979-80) - Brice Marden Chapter (1981) - Robert Ryman Large Interior, W11 (after Watteau) (1981-3) - Lucien Freud Five Mountains Not to Climb On (1984) - Wolfgang Laib Camouflage Joseph Beuys (1986) - Andy Warhol Rabbit (1986) - Jeff Koons (Sonnabend Gallery, New York) Vanitas (1987) - Jana Sterbak Tour aux Figures (Tower of Figures) 1983-8 - Jean Dubuffet Odessa Monument (1989-2003) - Christian Boltanski Wrapped Reichstag (1995) - Christo and Jean-Claude 727 (1996) - Takashi Murakami (MoMA, New York) Maman (Mother) 1999 (cast 2003) - Louise Borgeouis (National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa) Lui (Him) 2001 - Maurizio Cattelan British Wildlife (2000) - Tim Noble and Sue Webster