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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his sculptural career. Only Jackson Pollock's fatal car crash nine years earlier
subtracted so much, so soon, from American art. No sculptor of similar talent has
appeared in America since. If one measures a man's achievement by emotional ...
"Most of my sculpture is personal, needs response in close proximity and the
human ratio," he said. Smith wanted to focus the image, make it speak to one pair
of eyes, one mind at a time, as precisely and, there being no other word for the ...
And so the drawings exhibit the sometimes incoherent grounds of imagery from
which his sculpture was refined. "What are your influences?" he was repeatedly
asked, and sometime in the fifties he came up with a rambling free-verse answer
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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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