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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Matisse had learned from Manet: that black, far from signifying the absence of
color, can read as a suave and powerful hue. Matisse's work, seen in this
concentration, proves once more that in painting, innovation means nothing
without a vital ...
In future, art would hang onto the spread-out, expansive quality of Pollock's work
while refreshing it with a new intensity of color, inspired by Matisse. At the end of
the purge you would have a clipped but radiant discourse of pure hue, fixed by ...
rather to evoke the way these colors work, as stable characters in a plot of
sensation. This is especially true of the Open paintings, which consist of broad
fields of color whose only additional feature is an incomplete rectangle or
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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