Things I Didn't Know

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Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group, Jun 3, 2009 - Biography & Autobiography - 416 pages
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Robert Hughes has trained his critical eye on many major subjects, from the city of Barcelona to the history of his native Australia. Now he turns that eye inward, onto himself and the world that formed him. Hughes analyzes his experiences the way he might examine a Van Gogh or a Picasso. From his relationship with his stern and distant father to his Catholic upbringing and school years; and from his development as an artist, writer, and critic to his growing appreciation of art and his exhilaration at leaving Australia to discover a new life, Hughes’ memoir is an extraordinary feat of exploration and celebration.

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Mr. Hughes is a chronicler and historian, but here he turns his critical eye on himself and his world. I was interested in his stories about his Catholic upbringing, including adventures with ... Read full review

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I enjoyed all of Hughes' thoughtful stories in these dense and layered pages. A required reading for artists, art-lovers, travelers and adventurers, especially when considering Western culture. Read full review


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Robert Hughes was born in Australia in 1938. Since 1970 he has lived and worked in the United States, where until 2001 he was chief art critic for Time, to which he still contributes. His books include The Shock of the New, The Fatal Shore, Nothing if Not Critical, Barcelona, and Goya. He is the recipient of a number of awards and prizes for his work.

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