Awa Press

How to Look at a Painting – new edition

Justin Paton

Published 2012

ISBN 9781877551291

This book needs no introduction. Out of stock for several months, it now returns by popular demand – with an eye-catching new cover by Awa Press Young Designer of the Year Keely O’Shannessy and expanded illustration section.


Justin Paton’s brilliant TV series has had repeated screenings during 2011 and 2012 on TV One and TVNZ7, and won a whole new audience for this acclaimed art writer.

How to Look at a Painting was declared one of the Best Books of the Year by many, including the Listener.

Raves include:

‘A cultural exploration that deserves to become a classic.’
The Press

‘Paton is a brilliant stylist. The intimate, almost confidential address to the reader is one of the book’s strengths.’
The Dominion Post

‘Nothing gets between Paton and a painting – a lively and sensual stylist with a knack for making you feel his enthusiasms.’

‘If you’ve ever gone to an exhibition and felt intimidated, underwhelmed or just plain confused – and haven’t we all? – this is the book for you.’
Leaf Salon

The book that inspired the acclaimed 12-part TV series on TV One and TVNZ7

New edition of much-loved Premium Best-seller

Winner of Montana New Zealand Book Award for Contemporary Culture

Expanded picture section – now 24 pages of full colour images

Justin Paton is a featured author at Frankfurt Book Fair 2012, winner of Katherine Mansfield Menton Fellowship 2012, and curator of NZ’s exhibition at Venice Biennale 2013.

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