Nothing if not critical: selected essays on art and artists
Essays on art and artists, from Holbein and Caravaggio to contemporaries including Hockney and Schnabel, by the noted Australian expatriate art critic, Robert Hughes. He not only discusses the particular skill of each artist but also addresses matters such as art teaching, art and the marketplace, and art as a social function.
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because he speaks to us with an urgency that no artist of our time can muster. We
see his long-dead face pressed against the glass of our terrible century, Goya
looking in at a time worse than his. You can make a protomodernist out of Goya, ...
This view is based partly on his own humble birth, but it ignores some of Goya's
opinions of the common people and creates problems when it comes to
explaining his social climbing and canny self-interest. Then there is Goya the
Sayre points out that Goya didn't want to paint "a dreaming artist surrounded by a
wild phantasmagoria of bizarre, Bosch-like beings." Certainly these hellish little
androids scuttling around the saint and his pig are fantastic in a way that Goya's ...
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LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - philipjohn - LibraryThing
Robert Hughes must be one of the finest users of language at work in the field of art criticism. His comments, whether you agree with them or not, are always a joy to read. Read full review
Nothing if not critical: selected essays on art and artistsUser Review - Not Available - Book Verdict
This collection brings together over 90 essays, many of which have already appeared in major journals. Hughes considers the Masters, 19th-century art and artists, the Modernist spirit, American and ... Read full review