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Nothing If Not Critical: Selected Essays on Art and Artists Paperback – February 1, 1992
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Copyright 1992 Reed Business Information, Inc.
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- Jean Keleher, Wally Findlay Galleries, Chicago
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The longer essays first appeared in venues such as The New York Review of Books and The New Republic. In these pieces, Hughes lets his critical and rhetorical capabilities off the leash. The opening essay gives us Hughes' take on the 1980s New York art scene, which Hughes saw as a "low, dishonest decade," for several interrelated reasons. First, the art being produced did not serve or surpass the modernist tradition that preceded it; for Hughes, all serious art must grapple with what came before it, and figure out how to move beyond it. ("An artist's every action is judged by an unwearying tribunal of the dead.") Intelligent evaluation of the work produced by emerging artists became supplanted by hype.Read more ›
This book is a sum of most of the author's articles published in Time Magazine and other medias and covers old masters as well as modern and contemporary artists.The articles on Warhol and Basquiat, as well as the one on the NY art scene, are brilliant. I bought this book when it came out and rereading it recently I saw how utterly modern it still is, considering today's art world.
Wittily written, too.
The major problem with this book is the SIZE OF THE TEXT, which is minuscule to the point of being straining, and the terrible quality of the paper on which it's printed.
I miss him already and as an artist I only wish he were still here to critique and correct the ludicrous state of today's art "scene". There are many days of the year that reading a few words from Robert Hughes is the only thing that gets me to work.
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Robert hughes book is the most complete review of the painters world, from renaissence to contenporary art. It is excelent !Published 10 months ago by leopoldo marquez
really the most respected and well informed art critic - sad he has passed but read this and revel in the glorious writing this man produces to enlighten us with the world of great... Read morePublished 14 months ago by robert stallard
The book was in great condition. A first edition, no less. Great service, to boot.Published 14 months ago by John F. Wells