Robert Hughes 1938–2012


  1. Hughes wielded language like a knife. In the Carravagio clip here he describes the flogger as “a monkey-faced, gap-toothed little runt, who clearly loves his job.”

    I vividly remember The Shock of the New from the first time around. He took us into the great galleries and stood us in front of great pictures and urged us to look, see, understand and think.

    Art criticism in language that could not be misunderstood.

  2. Heh, yes, that’s an evocative description. I’m still catching up on the tv version of “Shock”, having mostly been familiar with the book — it’s fantastic.

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