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It is the exalted and often rather confused polemical severity of the later, abstract
paintings that a modern eye has difficulty with. For abstraction did not, in the end,
become the universal system Kandinsky believed it would. The Guggenheim's ...
Later he would be considered rather a fuddy-duddy compared with the Abstract
Expressionists, a generation behind him. He was, in that way, a victim of orthodox
modernist thinking — which tended to suppose that his art had not "evolved" ...
His paintings look abstract but are full of echoes of figures, rooms, sociable
encounters; they are small, "unheroic" but exquisitely phrased. The space they
evoke is closed, artificial, without horizon or other legible reference to landscape.
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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