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 "ideological reasons," cocurator Fourcade argues, springing from a "
modernist obsession" with Matisse's largely posthumous role as prophet of Paris-
New York abstraction. If you assume that art history culminates in abstract art,
then you ...
From the very first, when he was trying — in studies such as Composition with
Figures and Banners, circa 1934-38 — to find painted form for the violently
energetic, twisting, flamelike movement of masses, Pollock was obsessed by
This lugubrious remark could well be the epigraph to Rothko's entire
management of two subjects that obsessed him, patronage and health. He
managed neither well. Rothko was physically infirm, and his temperament
unstable: sweetness, ...
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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