Nothing if not critical: selected essays on art and artists
The most controversial art critic in America--author of the bestselling The Fatal Shore and The Shock of the New--looks with love and loathing, wit and authority, at art and artists from the past to the present. Hughes evokes and defines the essences, works and worlds of a wide range of artists.
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"Has there ever been an artist," asked Peter Schjel- dahl at the end of a
panegyric on Warhol's fatuous show of society portraits at New York's Whitney
Museum of American Art two years ago, "who so coolly and faithfully, with such
These efforts to assimilate Warhol to a "radical" aesthetic now have a musty air.
The question is no longer whether such utterances were true or false — Warhol's
later career made them absurd anyway. The real question is: How could ...
The perfunctory and industrial nature of Warhol's peculiar talent, and the robotic
character of the praise awarded it, appear most baldly of all around his prints,
which were recently given a retrospective at Castelli Graphics in New York and a
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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
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Limited preview - 2005