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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 ...
Along with that went the "theological" view of Pollock as an ideal abstractionist
obsessed by flatness, which ignored the fact that there were only four years of his
life (1947-51) when he was not making symbolic paintings based on the totemic ...
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