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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None of this prevented Homer's contemporaries from seeing such works as
unvarnished and in some ways disagreeable truth. "Barbarously simple," thought
Henry James. "He has chosen the least pictorial features of the least pictorial
They were allusive and squiggly, like Miro's bugs and beasts, and they combined
in provocative ways. One could make a small inventory of Gorky's pictorial tropes
— the vulval slits and intestines and phalli, the mandibles, leaves, seeds, ...
It does not always come off, but when it does you are made sharply aware of the
breadth of Rothenberg's pictorial ambitions. Now and again she comes up with
an image of such quiet weirdness that it really shocks you — such as Half and ...
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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