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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Matisse had learned from Manet: that black, far from signifying the absence of
color, can read as a suave and powerful hue. Matisse's work, seen in this
concentration, proves once more that in painting, innovation means nothing
without a vital ...
In future, art would hang onto the spread-out, expansive quality of Pollock's work
while refreshing it with a new intensity of color, inspired by Matisse. At the end of
the purge you would have a clipped but radiant discourse of pure hue, fixed by ...
What his best works offer is a very American sense of Arcadia, a hard-won
paradise of the natural world reconstructed in terms of color. Shape is reduced to
the minimum: some flat silhouettes, relatively little internal texture. Avery was not
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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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