The Imaginary Museum: A Personal Tour of Contemporary Art featuring ghosts, nudity and disagreements

By Ben Eastham

Join the art critic Ben Eastham on a private tour of an extraordinary museum. Let him walk you through a building constructed from memory and filled with a series of bewildering art works, while he delivers a guide comprised of personal experience, professional expertise and sympathy.

In this stunningly original book, an introduction to contemporary art is combined with the author’s own memories and reflections on what art means. With the help of a cast of interfering security guards, pretentious curators, sceptical visitors, angry protestors and elusive ghosts, Eastham proposes that the art of today offers a way of understanding our increasingly strange and complex times. 

Eastham doesn’t ask you to like the artworks in his imaginary museum, but offers the tools for you to formulate and express your own opinion of them. He argues that art should be judged by the feelings it provokes and the conversations it generates: in talking about art, we learn to talk about ourselves and the world in which we live.

Format: Hardback
Release Date: 06 Aug 2020
Pages: 144
ISBN: 978-0-00-837542-3
Ben Eastham is editor of ArtReview and co-founder of The White Review. He is the co-author, with Katya Tylevich, of My Life as a Work of Art.

Praise for Ben Eastham -

”'A terrific, ferociously self-effacing writer” - Wall Street Journal