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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For the first impulses, the slow probings and swift appraisals of a face, one must
consult the drawings: something easier said than done in America until now.
Although there are paintings by Holbein in U.S. collections, the body of his
He drew, not to produce "well-made" drawings, but to keep his pipes clear. The
special value of his drawings was not in their finish, but in their evidence of
process — how he thought and felt, how he arrived at the decisions about
"The scale of the drawing," Steinberg points out, "is given to you by the instrument
you use," and pen drawings, being governed by the radius of the hand, cannot be
very large. "The nib has an elasticity meant for writing, and that is why I have ...
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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