Why is Art Full of Naked People? is an irreverent and informative primer that asks tricky questions about what makes art art. What is with all the fruit? Why is art so weird nowadays? There are questions about how art views the world, from cave paintings through to Cubism, from the Renaissance to contemporary art, questions about different genres, including still-life painting, landscapes and portraits, and questions about the role and value of art in the past and today.
Artists ask questions when they make art and viewers ask questions when they look at art; this book provides an engaging way for young people to explore asking and answering questions for themselves. The book is structured around twenty-two questions, each one tackled over two spreads. Through this provocative approach it offers an introduction to art history and a toolkit to enable young people to feel confident asking questions, searching for answers, and “reading” art for themselves.
The title alone is enough to hook browsers. Hodge uses high-level questions about famous and lesser-known works of art to provoke critical thinking about a variety of artists and their creations. Comedic cartoon guides help point out some of the concepts mentioned in the text, while the questions allow students to make the reading experience their own. [A] colorful romp through the art world.
— School Library Journal
With a playful, casual tone, this informative introduction to art history will encourage plenty of readers to approach museum visits with more confidence…Hodges tackles a broad range of topics. Each chapter includes a few reproduction of pieces, all paired with brief, lighthearted paragraphs offering descriptions and helpful content. The scope and diversity of her selections is pleasantly vast: she includes everything from ancient cave murals to contemporary installations and everything in-between.
Lively in design, with reproduced artworks, doodles and variegated text… A chatty discussion of art and its meanings, both commercial and cultural.
— The Wall Street Journal
Susie Hodge is an art historian, author, artist, and journalist with more than a hundred books to her credit on art history, practical art, and history.