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The Shock of the New Paperback – August 13, 1991
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This is art history for the intelligent nonartist -- you will greatly enjoy it!
Hughes is a stern, hard-boiled man, whose readings are based on clearest common sense. Even while he's transported by the beauty of a Frankenthaler, he has one eye open to make sure he's not being conned. He brooks no insincerity or unnecessary pomposity. His happens to be the only sensibility with the power to bring art to the masses, which is why it's appropriate Hughes is on television reaching out to the masses again in 1997. Dogmatism throughout will probably rub some artists the wrong way, but for the novice like me, it clears aside rhetoric and creates access.
I came to modern art wondering why every museum displayed the same boring things; now I know why, and why it doesn't have to be so. This is the leaping-off point for which I've always been waiting.
In this regard, Hughes organized the book not in time order or changing styles but with keywords which summarize the zeitgeist of modernists like machine, power, pleasure, utopia, freedom, popular culture, or future, to endow the reader with the tangible vision to see into the deep question of modernism.
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An authoritative book that I will dip in and out of.
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While providing fascinating insight, Robert Hughes can be a bit pompous at times. The way that he sorted the works and artists can be confusing because he mixes artists of... Read morePublished 16 months ago by Elle Burkhart
It is in good quality, but it is old and dirty. I found few bugs in it.. Ew.Published 22 months ago by potter
Best introduction and review of twentieth century art availablePublished 22 months ago by Amazon Customer