Nothing If Not Critical

Nothing If Not Critical

Selected Essays on Art and Artists

Book - 1990
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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.
Publisher: New York : A.A. Knopf, 1990.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9780394580265
0394580265
Branch Call Number: 709
Characteristics: xii, 429 p. ;,24 cm.

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beholdthesea
Jan 08, 2014

The comment by <uncommonreader> misrepresents the book in that most all of the artists are well-known. All of the artists in the first few chapters would be included in any Art History 101 course -- Caravaggio, Goya, Degas, Whistler, Van Gogh, Matisse. The later chapters include modern and contemporary giants like Pollock, Rothko, Warhol, Diebenkorn, Motherwell, Schnabel, Hockney, and Kiefer.

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uncommonreader
Sep 22, 2013

This is a collection of short (two to three page) reviews of art exhibitions, which mostly appeared in Time magazine in the 1980s. It is amazing how many of these artists are unknown to-day and in that sense, the book is very dated. However, the introduction, on the bankruptcy of modern/post-modern art, is still relevant 20 plus years later.

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