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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This process has proved particularly unfair to Motherwell, because his full
maturity as an artist came after the Abstract Expressionist "period" — in fact, after
1960 — and his career illustrates the perils of generalizing about decades,
groups or ...
The result was that the very paintings that secured de Kooning's reputation as a
key figure in Abstract Expressionism, a painter hardly less "radical" than Pollock,
were grounded in classical prototype and practice: if his paintings of the decade ...
Here, one has been told over and over again, is the outer limit of expressionism:
these are the signs of the pessimistic alienation to which a history of extreme
mass suffering has reduced the human image. The collective psyche has
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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