Download Culture of Complaint PDF by Robert Hughes Full Free and published by Oxford University Press on Demand. This book was released on 1993 with total page 210 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: Criticizes Pat Buchanan, Pat Robertson, Jessie Helms, and Ronald Reagan, political correctness, academic obsessions with theory, the art world, American infrastructure, and other targets
Download The Spectacle of Skill PDF by Robert Hughes Full Free and published by Vintage. This book was released on 2015-11-17 with total page 688 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: “I am completely an elitist, in the cultural but emphatically not the social sense. I prefer the good to the bad, the articulate to the mumbling, the aesthetically developed to the merely primitive, and full to partial consciousness. I love the spectacle of skill, whether it’s an expert gardener at work, or a good carpenter chopping dovetails . . . I don’t think stupid or ill-read people are as good to be with as wise and fully literate ones. I would rather watch a great tennis player than a mediocre one . . . Consequently, most of the human race doesn’t matter much to me, outside the normal and necessary frame of courtesy and the obligation to respect human rights. I see no reason to squirm around apologizing for this. I am, after all, a cultural critic, and my main job is to distinguish the good from the second-rate.” Robert Hughes wrote with brutal honesty about art, architecture, culture, religion, and himself. He translated his passions—of which there were many, both positive and negative—brilliantly, convincingly, and with vitality and immediacy, always holding himself to the same rigorous standards of skill, authenticity, and significance that he did his subjects. There never was, and never will be again, a voice like this. In this volume, that voice rings clear through a gathering of some of his most unforgettable writings, culled from nine of his most widely read and important books. This selection shows his enormous range and gives us a uniquely cohesive view of both the critic and the man. Most revealing, and most thrilling for Hughes’s legions of fans, are the never-before-published pages from his unfinished second volume of memoirs. These last writings show Robert Hughes at the height of his powers and can be read only with pleasure and a tinge of sadness that his extraordinary voice is no longer here to educate us as well as to clarify and define our world.
Download Nothing If Not Critical PDF by Robert Hughes Full Free and published by Knopf. This book was released on 2012-02-22 with total page 400 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: From Holbein to Hockney, from Norman Rockwell to Pablo Picasso, from sixteenth-century Rome to 1980s SoHo, Robert Hughes looks with love, loathing, warmth, wit and authority at a wide range of art and artists, good, bad, past and present. As art critic for Time magazine, internationally acclaimed for his study of modern art, The Shock of the New, he is perhaps America’s most widely read and admired writer on art. In this book: nearly a hundred of his finest essays on 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 is Hughes—astute, vivid and uninhibited—on dozens of famous and not-so-famous artists. He observes that Caravaggio was “one of the hinges of art history; there was art before him and art after him, and they were not the same”; he remarks that Julian Schnabel’s “work is to painting what Stallone’s is to acting”; he calls John Constable’s Wivenhoe Park “almost the last word on Eden-as-Property”; he notes how “distorted traces of [Jackson] Pollock lie like genes in art-world careers that, one might have thought, had nothing to do with his.” He knows how Norman Rockwell made a chicken stand still long enough to be painted, and what Degas said about success (some kinds are indistinguishable from panic). Phrasemaker par excellence, Hughes is at the same time an incisive and profound critic, not only of particular artists, but also of the social context in which art exists and is traded. His fresh perceptions of such figures as Andy Warhol and the French writer Jean Baudrillard are matched in brilliance by his pungent discussions of the art market—its inflated prices and reputations, its damage to the public domain of culture. There is a superb essay on Bernard Berenson, and another on the strange, tangled case of the Mark Rothko estate. And as a finale, Hughes gives us “The SoHoiad,” the mock-epic satire that so amused and annoyed the art world in the mid-1980s. A meteor of a book that enlightens, startles, stimulates and entertains.
Download Rome PDF by Robert Hughes Full Free and published by National Geographic Books. This book was released on 2012-10-30 with total page 0 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: From Robert Hughes, one of the greatest art and cultural critics of our time, comes a sprawling, comprehensive, and deeply personal history of Rome—as a city, as an empire, and as an origin of Western art and civilization. Starting on a personal note, Hughes takes us to the Rome he first encountered as a hungry twenty-one-year-old fresh from Australia in 1959. From there, he goes back more than two thousand years to the city’s foundation, one mired in mythologies and superstitions that would inform Rome’s development for centuries. He explores in rich detail the formation of empire, the rise of early Christianity, the Crusades, the Renaissance, and takes us up to the present, through the rise and fall of Mussolini’s fascism. Equal parts idolizing, blasphemous, outraged, and awestruck, Rome is a portrait of the Eternal City as only Robert Hughes could paint it.
Download Barcelona PDF by Robert Hughes Full Free and published by Alfred a Knopf Incorporated. This book was released on 1992 with total page 600 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: Links 1,500 years of Catalan history with the architecture, painting, sculpture, music, and poetry of Barcelona to pay tribute to the accomplishments of Catalunya culture
Download Things I Didn't Know PDF by Robert Hughes Full Free and published by Random House. This book was released on 2007-09 with total page 418 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: Robert Hughes, One Of The Most Illuminating Minds Ever To Have Taken On The Subjects Of Art And Culture, Uses His Same Critical Abilities To Give Us A Brutally Intimate Account Of His Early Life, Up Until The Time He Quit Australia For The United States.Part Memoir, Part History Lesson, Part Philosophical Tract, Hughes Uses His Own Experiences To Examine The Nature Of Art, War, Sex, Religion-Writing And Life Itself.This Is By Far Hughes'S Most Personal Writing Ever, And Is Sure To Stir Emotions From Reverence To Fear And From Jealousy To Distate In His Readers.
Download American Visions PDF by Robert Hughes Full Free and published by Knopf. This book was released on 1997 with total page 635 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: Traces the history of art in America, from the early works of Native Americans to the present day, and includes critical commentaries, anecdotes, profiles, and hundreds of illustrations
Download Things I Didn't Know PDF by Robert Hughes Full Free and published by Alfred a Knopf Incorporated. This book was released on 2006 with total page 395 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: The cultural critic describes growing up in Australia, his fractured family life and estrangement from his war-hero father, his anti-war beliefs, his education in a Catholic boys' school, his growing appreciation of art, and his early career as an authora
Download Barcelona, the Great Enchantress PDF by Robert Hughes Full Free and published by National Geographic Society. This book was released on 2004 with total page 202 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: Robert Hughes has been going to Barcelona regularly since the 1960s and was married in its Gothic city hall last year. Although in his new book Hughes is compelling and engaging in describing Barcelona's remarkable culture and history, his first subject is his 40-year love affair with the city. Thus it is a much more personal book than his earlier Barcelona. Since publication of that book in 1992, Barcelona has become one of the most vibrant and popular cities in Europe; Hughes describes the pre- and post-Olympics reconstruction that sparked the tremendous revival.Hughes begins the book with the decision to marry in Barcelona, "Where to get hitched? It ought not to be in Manhattan, where I lived. Neither Doris nor I is a particularly social animal. Neither of us wanted a fearsomely expensive wedding, and in my post-divorce financial blues almost anything from a New York caterer beyond a sausage on a stick and a can of beer seemed extravagant.But there was a solution. It was Barcelona. Doris didn't have strong feelings about Barcelona-not yet-but I most emphatically did. I had been going there at intervals, to work and to disport myself, for more than 30 years. I had written a biography of the city, some ten years before: not a travel guide nor really a formal history, but something like an attempt to evoke the genius loci of this great queen city of Catalunya-and to tell the story of its development through its formidably rich deposit of buildings and artworks." Hughes goes on to describe the wedding, "Not only in Barcelona, but in the Town Halland by Joan, in his capacity as alcalde [mayor]. And not only by him and in the adjutament, but in its most splendid and history-laden ceremonial room, the Salo de Cent," and the party that followed in an ancient farmhouse. "I thought about a lot of things during that party, though with increasing muzziness as the evening lengthened. Mainly about Doris, about happiness, and about the very circuitous route which had led both of us to Barcelona. When I first spent a mildly riotous and sentimental evening at Xavier's [farmhouse], it was easier to imagine being dead than being over 60, and I had no more idea of Barcelona than I did of Atlantis. But if my grasp of Barcelona 40 years ago was lame and slight, so was that of most Europeans and Americans. Not just slight-embarrassingly so. The 1500 years of the city's existence had produced only five names that came readily to mind. There was Gaudi, of course, and the century's greatest cellist, Pablo Casals. There were the painters Salvador Dali, Joan Miro, and Pablo Picasso." Thus begins Hughes's lively and engrossing account of the history, the art, and especially the architecture of "La gran encisera," the name Catalonia's great 19th-century poet, Maragall, gave to his native city-"the great enchantress." He tells how at the end of the 14th century-when Madrid was hardly more than a cluster of huts-Barcelona commanded a trading empire as wide as the Mediterranean. Barcelona was always what a recent mayor called "the north of the south," the part of Spain closest in contact with Europe, technologically advanced, proactive in trade, passionately democratic. Its wealth made it one of the great Gothic cities, filled with architectural treasures of the 13th-15th centuries. Its language, Catalan, was the medium of an enormously vital literature. Crushed and colonized by the Bourbons in Madrid in the 19th century, Barcelona nevertheless entered a period of prodigious industrial and architectural growth (rebuilt by, among others, the genius Gaudi). Repressed by Franco, who hated the Catalans, it has blossomed anew since 1975 and especially in the last decade.At the end of the book Hughes and his wife return to Barcelona for a one-person exhibit of her watercolors. "Once again I was off to my favorite city in Europe, or the world. For the twentieth time? The thirtieth? Long ago, I lost count. You are lucky if not too late in life, you discover a second city other than your place of birth which becomes a true home townSome forty years ago I had that marvelous stroke of luck: Barcelona."
Download Rome PDF by Robert Hughes Full Free and published by Phoenix. This book was released on 2012 with total page 607 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: A dazzling biography of the Eternal City - 'A tour of the great city with a great guide: who could do this better?' EVENING STANDARD. For almost a thousand years, Rome held sway as the spiritual and artistic centre of the world. Hughes vividly recreates the ancient Rome of Julius Caesar, Marcus Aurelius, Nero, Caligula, Cicero, Martial and Virgil. With the artistic blossoming of the Renaissance, he casts his unwavering critical eye over the great works of Raphael, Michelangelo and Brunelleschi, shedding new light on the Old Masters. In the seventeenth, eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, when Rome's cultural predominance was assured, artists and tourists from all over Europe converged on the city. Hughes brilliantly analyses the defining works of Caravaggio, Velasquez, Rubens and Bernini. Hughes' Rome is a vibrant, contradictory, spectacular and secretive place; a monument both to human glory and human error. In equal parts loving, iconoclastic, enraged and wise, peopled with colourful figures and rich in unexpected details, ROME is an exhilarating journey through the story of one of the world's most glorious cities.
Download The Shock of the New PDF by Robert Hughes Full Free and published by Alfred A. Knopf. This book was released on 1981 with total page 423 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: A beautifully illustrated hundred-year history of modern art, from cubism to pop and avant-guard. More than 250 color photos. Copyright © Libri GmbH. All rights reserved.
Download America in White, Black, and Gray PDF by Klaus P. Fischer Full Free and published by A&C Black. This book was released on 2007-05-30 with total page 465 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: Numerous studies on various aspects of the issues of the 1960s have been written over the past 35 years, but few have so successfully integrated the many-sided components into a coherent, synthetic, and reliable book that combines good storytelling with sound scholarly analysis.
Download Amish PDF by Robert Hughes Full Free and published by . This book was released on 1994 with total page 207 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: This volume is a showcase for one of America's finest art forms. The collection of quilts featured here was started by Douglas Tompkins, co-founder of the multinational clothing company, Esprit. Between 1870 and 1950, Amish women created abstract geometric arrangements of solid-coloured fabrics, works of remarkable purity, vitality and power. This particularly American form of expression is recognized as sharing the same aesthetic achievement as painting and sculpture.
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Download Frank Auerbach PDF by Robert Hughes Full Free and published by Thames & Hudson. This book was released on 1990 with total page 240 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: The first full study of the artist's work, with 254 illustrations, 174 in duotone and 80 in colour. Auerbach himself selected the paintings for the book as representing the most important of his career. The author is a well-known writer, critic and television presenter and art critic of TTime' magazine. Previous books include TThe Shock of the New' and TThe Fatal Shore'. Also available in paperback.