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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They could not imagine a fine-arts tradition that was not overshadowed by
television. Accordingly, a peculiarly slack form of thinking (whose institutional site
, in New York, was the Whitney Museum of American Art) arose about art and
... to us forever; we will never be able to imagine ourselves taking part in those
rituals on the shaved lawns of the paradise-garden. But Goya is a different matter.
Consider two paintings that arc not in this show. (Their absence is one of the ...
He was entirely a metropolitan man, and this fact seems oddly at variance with
his paintings, since, as Pierre Rosenberg remarks, "one would like to imagine
Chardin a solitary individual, a provincial." Chardin's prolonged meditation on
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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
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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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