How to be an Art Rebel


An anarchic introduction to art for young rebels everywhere


ISBN: 9780500651643 Category:

Ben Street


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, readers 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 MirĂ³’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.

With 46 illustrations

Additional information

Weight 514 g
Dimensions 20.1 x 26.5 cm
Publisher name Thames and Hudson Ltd
Publication date 15 April 2021
Number of pages 80
Format Hardback
Contributors Illustrated by Jay Daniel Wright
Dimensions 20.1 x 26.5 cm
Weight 514 g


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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.