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How to be an Art Rebel

Ben Street, Jay Daniel Wright


An anarchic introduction to art for young rebels everywhere

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Boring adults will tell you that art is TERRIBLY serious. That’s NONSENSE!
I’m Leo, your art gallery guide.
I know for a fact that art is WACKY, EXPLOSIVE, RUDE and EXTREMELY NAUGHTY.
So if you want to HAVE FUN with art let me show you how to be an Art Rebel.
In art, there are NO RIGHT ANSWERS. You just need to make up your OWN mind – and always have FUN

This irreverent introduction to art gives children the confidence to respond to art on their own terms, and – most importantly – to have fun with it.

Under the playful guidance of Leo, the museum cat, children encounter abstract, Surrealist, nude and contemporary art, ancient sculpture, still lifes and portraits. But instead of being told facts to memorize, they’re equipped with the knowledge that allows them to come up with their own interpretations of famous art works. Knowing how symbols work, they’ll decipher clues in Frida Kahlo’s self-portrait; understanding Surrealism, they’ll decide for themselves what Joan Miró’s abstract doodles are all about.

This book shows that art isn’t about knowing the right answers – it’s about having fun, making up your own mind and seeing things from a different angle.

Winner of the Teach Primary Book Awards 2021


'Entertaining and engaging, humorous and visually appealing'
Konnie Huq

'Most worthwhile... Leo the cat proves to be a reliable guide to the art of different ages... The book is distinguished by the quality of its insights and fresh language [and] also benefits good-quality color reproductions, and a politically enlightened inclusiveness'
The New York Times Book Review

'A hip cat narrates this playful, irreverent guide to all types of fine art - sculpture, surrealism, selfies (formally called portraiture). Museums, here we come!'
People Magazine

'How to make looking at art more fun... Young viewers...will come away with new tools, ideas worth mulling... Solid insights'
Kirkus Reviews

'Really fun'

'How to Be an Art Rebel demystifies art, bringing it back down to the fun most of us remember from creating our own art ... anything but boring'

'Really love this! ... there is lots to talk about'
Dan Smith, Teach Primary

'A refreshing look at artwork through the ages'

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Book Details

Format: PLC

Size: 26.0 x 19.5 cm

Extent: 80 pp

Publication date: 22 April 2021

ISBN: 9780500651643

About the Author

Ben Street is an art historian and writer. He has worked as an educator for many museums, including MoMA and the Solomon R Guggenheim Museum, New York, the National Gallery, Tate and Dulwich Picture Gallery, London. Jay Daniel Wright is a British illustrator living in Berlin whose illustrations appear in Think and Make Like an Artist (Thames & Hudson). His clients include The New York Times, Die Zeit and The New Yorker among others.

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