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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Obsessed with technique, he was said to have scraped patches off his own Titian
and Rubens, and was known to have destroyed a Watteau, in search of the "
secrets" of the old masters. But his own paintings cooked themselves down to ...
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 ...
As Andre Malraux recounted in his memoir of Picasso, La Tete d'Obsidienne,
Picasso was obsessed by this project in old age: "I must absolutely find the mask.
" Except for a few intense and contorted still lifes, all the paintings in this show are
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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