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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His paintings of cowled monks and saints in meditation seemed to connect with
spectacular areas of Romantic fantasy: its obsession with trance, death, and the
link between faith and cruelty — the dungeon beneath the cloister, the Grand ...
But the only thing that brought Basquiat back into the spotlight was his death.
Schjeldahl waxed indignant at some unnamed shrugger who wondered "What
else could he have done?" The remark was itself an appropriation of the famous
What may be Kiefer's most humanly poignant cluster of images was provoked by
"Death Fugue," a poem written in a German concentration camp by Paul Celan,
which runs in part: death is a master from Germany his eye is hlue he strikes you
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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