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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By 1851 the urban population outnumbered the rural for the first time, in both
France and England. By the 186os this scheme of opposites — the superiority of
the city to the provinces, the hostility of the provinces to the city — was set to
He understood the tough little world, not yet an "aristocracy" but trying to become
one, where the machinery of fashion, gossip, image-bending and narcissistic chic
tapped out its agile pizzicato. He knew packaging and could teach it to others.
Given the uninflected worship of cash that marks the 198os, it is no wonder that
the spectacle of privilege enjoying its own toilette has become America's hottest
cultural ticket. Thus Lord Marchmain of Brideshead becomes the Blake ...
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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