Art Versus Beauty

When stones dance with eggs



ISBN: 9789493039827 Category:

Adrian David


A refreshing approach to modern and contemporary art

We live in an age when the supply of art is greater than at any moment in history. People come into unprecedented daily contact with contemporary art. Meanwhile, art is increasingly being traded online and new museums and foundations open every year. Yet contemporary art can still be confusing and the public often uncritically accepts whatever is served up to it. Adrian David, author of this book, believes that this is because we approach art with obsolete ideas. He argues that notions like ‘beauty’ and ‘imagination’ are outdated and put us on the wrong track when we come face to face with the work of El Greco, Goya, Manet, Schiele, Bacon or Banksy.

David uses numerous examples to reflect on art and, by extension, on what it is to be human. The result is an accessible, trenchant and richly illustrated book, written by a passionate connoisseur and sincere art lover.

Additional information

Weight 336 g
Dimensions 17.1 x 23.9 cm
Publisher name Ludion
Publication date 27 July 2023
Number of pages 112
Format Paperback / softback
Dimensions 17.1 x 23.9 cm
Weight 336 g


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Adrian David is an art collector who has collaborated on countless high-profile international exhibitions. He has written several books on modern art, including Homo Arte Omnibus (2010), The brain Andy Warhol (2016) and Shit Shock Art - Art Criticism for Connoisseurs (2018).