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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They wanted the best public art they could get, and believed, with reason, that
Rivera could supply it. They thought him a cross between Whitman and Picasso.
To display such sympathies in the Depression made management look benign.
But people who wanted to get on with their own work avoided the Factory, while
the freaks and groupies and curiosity- seekers who filled it left nothing behind
them. Its silver-papered walls were a toy theater in which one aspect of the sixties
What he wanted was something perfectly controllable, a situation rigged by
choice, a setup: a hired anonymous figure under floodlights, in a room. For
Pearlstein's idea of realism had nothing to do with the conventional picture: an
artist plants ...
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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