By Robert Hughes
As artwork critic for Time journal, the world over acclaimed for his learn of recent artwork, The surprise of the New, he's probably America’s most generally learn and widespread author on art. during this book: approximately 100 of his best essays at the subject.
For the realism of Thomas Eakins to the Soviet satirists Komar and Melamid, from Watteau to Willem de Kooning to Susan Rothenberg, here's Hughes—astute, vibrant and uninhibited—on dozens of recognized and not-so-famous artists. He observes that Caravaggio used to be “one of the hinges of paintings heritage; there has been artwork prior to him and artwork after him, they usually weren't the same”; he feedback that Julian Schnabel’s “work is to portray what Stallone’s is to acting”; he calls John Constable’s Wivenhoe Park “almost the ultimate on Eden-as-Property”; he notes how “distorted strains of [Jackson] Pollock lie like genes in art-world careers that, one may have suggestion, had not anything to do with his.” He is familiar with how Norman Rockwell made a bird stand nonetheless lengthy adequate to be painted, and what Degas acknowledged approximately luck (some types are indistinguishable from panic).
Phrasemaker par excellence, Hughes is while an incisive and profound critic, not just of specific artists, but in addition of the social context during which paintings exists and is traded. His clean perceptions of such figures as Andy Warhol and the French author Jean Baudrillard are matched in brilliance by way of his stinky discussions of the paintings market—its inflated costs and reputations, its harm to the general public area of culture. there's a great essay on Bernard Berenson, and one other at the unusual, tangled case of the Mark Rothko estate. And as a finale, Hughes provides us “The SoHoiad,” the mock-epic satire that so amused and pissed off the paintings international within the mid-1980s.
A meteor of a booklet that enlightens, startles, stimulates and entertains.
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