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The spectacle of skill : selected writings of Robert Hughes, Robert Hughes

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The spectacle of skill : selected writings of Robert Hughes
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The spectacle of skill
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selected writings of Robert Hughes
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Robert Hughes
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Selected writings of Robert Hughes
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eng
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"A selection of the best writing by the most important -- and thunderously outspoken -- art and culture critic of our time, including approximately 125 never-before-seen pages from the unfinished second volume of his memoir, which he was working on at the time of his death in 2012. With an introduction by Adam Gopnik"--
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  • /* Starred Review */ The staggering erudition of Time art critic Hughes (1938–2012) is on full and glorious display in this impressive collection. Excerpts from his two best-loved books—The Fatal Shore , about his native Australia’s history, and The Shock of the New , about modern art—are included, along with portions of his books on Goya, Rome, and Barcelona; essays on American modernists; and autobiographical material that includes previously unpublished essays. A sublime pleasure awaits readers: Hughes’s use of language and description is lush and pointed, his wit incisive and ever-present, his particularity of detail enthralling. Those who relished The Fatal Shore (the excerpts from which will make readers hunger for the complete book) will find much to admire in his assessments of the art world, and those who knew only his art criticism will be beguiled by his autobiographical tales, which cover such varied topics as his catastrophic, near-fatal car accident in 1999 and his love of fishing. Whether he’s taking down critic Clement Greenberg, expounding on the art market, describing the joys of Rome on a fine spring morning, or revisiting his childhood in Sydney, Hughes’s voice remains distinctive, opinionated, and engrossing. New Yorker writer Adam Gopnik provides an insightful and eloquent introduction. (Nov.) --Staff (Reviewed August 17, 2015) (Publishers Weekly, vol 262, issue 33, p)
  • Trenchant reflections on life and art from an award-winning critic and historian. Hughes (1938-2012) is represented in this collection by chapters from 8 of his 13 books, along with 125 pages from his second, unfinished memoir. Outspoken and fiercely opinionated, the author had capacious interests and uncompromising standards. "What has our culture lost in 1980 that the avant-garde had in 1890?" he asked in The Shock of the New (1980). "Ebullience, idealism, confidence, the belief that there was plenty of territory to explore, and above all the sense that art" could offer insights into a "radically changing culture." In Nothing If Not Critical (1990), a collection of his reviews for Time magazine, for which he served as chief art critic for more than 30 years, Hughes praises John Singer Sargent ("there is virtue in virtuosity"); acknowledges Whistler's many faults (he was "an egomaniac, a fop, and a publicity-crazed liar") but finds his work impressive; extols Pollock's brilliance; and offers a long piece on the "voracious" publicity-seeker Warhol, who, he believed, pandered to "the age of supply-side aesthetics." Chapters from Barcelona (1992) and Rome (2011) show Hughes engaging an expansive physical and cultural landscape. In his first memoir, Things I Didn't Know (2006), he gives a harrowing account of a car accident that he barely survived. For more than five weeks, he was in a "semiconscious delirium," experiencing "narrative phantasms of extreme clarity and unshakeable, Dalíesque vividness." Hughes recalls his childhood in Sydney, Australia, where he reveled in the family library without the distraction of "that jabbering moronic babysitter," the TV. The author's unfinished chapters include an homage to his friend Robert Rauschenberg, recollections of living on Shelter Island, a satirical report of his tryout for the ABC news show 20/20, and a moving essay on the suicide of his son and his failures as a father. The collection serves as a fine introduction to—and commemoration of—an incisive cultural critic.(Kirkus Reviews, July 15, 2015)
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1938-2012
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Hughes, Robert
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709
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index present
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mixed forms
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  • 1938-2012
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  • Hughes, Robert
  • Modernism (Art)
  • Popular culture
  • Art and society
  • Art
  • Art critics
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adult
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new and selected writings of Robert Hughes
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The spectacle of skill : selected writings of Robert Hughes, Robert Hughes
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Includes index
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Contents
The Shock of the New. The Mechanical Paradise ; The Faces of Power -- The Fatal Shore . The Harbor and the Exiles ; A Horse Foaled by an Acorn ; The Geographical Unconscious -- Nothing if Not Critical . The Decline of the City of Mahagonny ; John Singer Sargent ; James Whistler ; Thomas Eakins ; Jackson Pollock ; Mark Rothko in Babylon ; Andy Warhol ; Julian Schnabel ; Art and money -- Barcelona. The Color of a Dog Running Away ; "If Not, Not" ; Going to the Fair ; The Hermit in the Cave of Making -- American Visions -- A Jerk on One End -- Goya. Driving into Goya ; The Caprichos ; War with Napoleon -- Things I Didn't Know. A Bloody Expat ; A Sydney Childhood ; Among the Cadets of Christ ; Uni and After ; Wading in Florence -- Rome. Prologue ; Renaissance ; Epilogue -- From the Unfinished Memoir. Coming to Time ; SoHo ; Graft - Things You Didn't Know ; My Friend Robert Rauschenberg ; 20/20 ; The Shock of the New ; High Trash ; Tuna Surprise ; Long Island ; Helga ; Danton - I Hardly Knew You
Control code
000055112332
Dimensions
25 cm.
Edition
First edition.
Extent
xv, 667 pages
Isbn
9781400044450
Lccn
2015024311
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other control number
40025474860
System control number
(OCoLC)915135792
Label
The spectacle of skill : selected writings of Robert Hughes, Robert Hughes
Link
9781400044450.jpg
Publication
Copyright
Note
Includes index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
The Shock of the New. The Mechanical Paradise ; The Faces of Power -- The Fatal Shore . The Harbor and the Exiles ; A Horse Foaled by an Acorn ; The Geographical Unconscious -- Nothing if Not Critical . The Decline of the City of Mahagonny ; John Singer Sargent ; James Whistler ; Thomas Eakins ; Jackson Pollock ; Mark Rothko in Babylon ; Andy Warhol ; Julian Schnabel ; Art and money -- Barcelona. The Color of a Dog Running Away ; "If Not, Not" ; Going to the Fair ; The Hermit in the Cave of Making -- American Visions -- A Jerk on One End -- Goya. Driving into Goya ; The Caprichos ; War with Napoleon -- Things I Didn't Know. A Bloody Expat ; A Sydney Childhood ; Among the Cadets of Christ ; Uni and After ; Wading in Florence -- Rome. Prologue ; Renaissance ; Epilogue -- From the Unfinished Memoir. Coming to Time ; SoHo ; Graft - Things You Didn't Know ; My Friend Robert Rauschenberg ; 20/20 ; The Shock of the New ; High Trash ; Tuna Surprise ; Long Island ; Helga ; Danton - I Hardly Knew You
Control code
000055112332
Dimensions
25 cm.
Edition
First edition.
Extent
xv, 667 pages
Isbn
9781400044450
Lccn
2015024311
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other control number
40025474860
System control number
(OCoLC)915135792

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