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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Later he would be considered rather a fuddy-duddy compared with the Abstract
Expressionists, a generation behind him. He was, in that way, a victim of orthodox
modernist thinking — which tended to suppose that his art had not "evolved" ...
By the start of Pearlstein's career, in the ebb tide of Abstract Expressionism, the
very idea of rendering the posed body in a room seemed absurd; it required the
most taboo act known to late modernism, making a spatial illusion, turning the flat
Jorn Merkert's catalogue essay asserts that de Kooning "played perhaps the
decisive role" in the development of Abstract Expressionism (notwithstanding de
Kooning's own generous tribute to Pollock as the one who "broke the ice").
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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