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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Early de Chiricos are full of such effects. Et quid amabo nisi quod aenigma est? ("
What shall I love if not the enigma?") — this question, inscribed by the young
artist on his self-portrait in 1911, is their subtext. Morbid, introspective and
Italian art dealers used to say the Maestro's bed was six feet off the ground, to
hold all the "early work" he kept "discovering" beneath it. In a spirit of pardonable
malice, Rubin reprints in the catalogue eighteen versions of The Disquieting ...
The Art Institute of Chicago refused to lend Excavation, 1950, the biggest and
most ambitious of de Kooning's biomorphic abstractions, while from the
celebrated Women series of the early fifties, those shark-grinning popsies before
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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