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Hughes, Robert 1938-2012

Works: 424 works in 1,471 publications in 11 languages and 38,908 library holdings
Genres: History  Criticism, interpretation, etc  Biography  Catalogs  Interviews  Pictorial works  Art  Exhibition catalogs  Anecdotes  Guidebooks 
Roles: Author, Author of screenplay, Host, Writer of accompanying material, Editor, Commentator, Author of introduction, Creator, Adapter, Contributor, Other, Costume designer
Classifications: DU115, 994
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Most widely held works by Robert Hughes
The fatal shore by Robert Hughes( Book )
124 editions published between 1984 and 2013 in 8 languages and held by 5,404 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
An account of the convict settlements in Australia based upon letters, diaries, and documents from the first landing in Botany Bay in 1788 to the last shipload of convicts in 1868
American visions : the epic history of art in America by Robert Hughes( Book )
44 editions published between 1997 and 2009 in 3 languages and held by 3,216 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
The intense relationship between the American people and their surroundings has been the source of a rich artistic tradition. American Visions is a consistently revealing demonstration of the many ways in which artists have expressed this pervasive connection. In nine eloquent chapters, which span the whole range of events, movements, and personalities of more than three centuries, Robert Hughes shows us the myriad associations between the unique society that is America and the art it has produced: O My America, My New Founde Land explores the churches, religious art, and artifacts of the Spanish invaders of the Southwest and the Puritans of New England; the austere esthetic of the Amish, the Quakers, and the Shakers; and the Anglophile culture of Virginia. The Republic of Virtue sets forth the ideals of neo-classicism as interpreted in the paintings of Benjamin West, John Singleton Copley, and the Peale family, and in the public architecture of Thomas Jefferson, Benjamin Latrobe, and Charles Bulfinch. The Wilderness and the West discusses the work of landscape painters such as Thomas Cole, Frederick Church, and the luminists, who viewed the natural world as the fingerprint of God's creation, and of those who recorded America's westward expansion, George Caleb Bingham, Albert Bierstadt, and Frederic Remington, and the accompanying shift in the perception of the Indian, from noble savage to outright demon. American Renaissance describes the opulent era that followed the Civil War, a cultural flowering expressed in the sculpture of Augustus Saint-Gaudens; the paintings of John Singer Sargent, Mary Cassatt, and Childe Hassam; the Newport cottages of the super-rich; and the beaux-arts buildings of Stanford White and his partners. The Gritty Cities looks at the post-Civil War years from another perspective: cast-iron cityscapes, the architecture of Louis Henri Sullivan, and the new realism of Thomas Eakins, Winslow Homer, the trompe-l'oeil painters, and the Ashcan School. Early modernism introduces the first American avant-garde: the painters Arthur Dove, Marsden Hartley, Joseph Stella, Charles Demuth, Charles Sheeler, and Georgia O'Keeffe, and the premier architect of his time, Frank Lloyd Wright. Streamlines and Breadlines surveys the boom years, when skyscrapers and art deco were all the rage, and the bust years that followed, when painters such as Edward Hopper, Stuart Davis, Thomas Hart Benton, Diego Rivera, and Jacob Lawrence showed Americans the way we live now. The Empire of Signs examines the American hegemony after World War II, when the abstract expressionists, Jackson Pollock, Willem de Kooning, Mark Rothko, et al., ruled the artistic roost, until they were dethroned by Jasper Johns, Robert Rauschenberg, the pop artists, and Andy Warhol, while individualists such as David Smith and Joseph Cornell marched to their own music. The Age of Anxiety considers recent events: the return of figurative art and the appearance of minimal and conceptual art; the speculative mania of the 1980s, which led to scandalous auction practices and inflated reputations; and the trends and issues of art in the 1990s. Writing with all the brilliance, authority, and pungent wit that have distinguished his art criticism for Time magazine and his greatly acclaimed study of modern art, The Shock of the New, Robert Hughes now addresses his largest subject: the history of art in America. Lavishly illustrated and packed with biographies, anecdotes, astute and stimulating critical commentary, and sharp social history, American Visions is published in association with a new eight-part PBS television series. Robert Hughes has called it "a love letter to America." This superb volume, which encompasses and enlarges upon the series, is an incomparably entertaining and insightful contemplation of its splendid subject
Culture of complaint : the fraying of America by Robert Hughes( Book )
46 editions published between 1993 and 2005 in 5 languages and held by 2,572 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
This book is a call for the re-knitting of a fragmented and over-tribalized America--a deeply passionate book, filled with barbed wit and devastating takes on public life, both left and right of center. To the right, the author fires broadsides at the populist demagogy of Pat Buchanan, Pat Robertson, Jesse Helms and especially Ronald Reagan. To the left, he skewers political correctness, Afro-centrism, and academic obsessions with theory. PC censoriousness and "family-values" rhetoric, he argues, are only two sides of the same character, extrusions of America's puritan heritage into the present--and, at root, signs of America's difficulty in seeing past the end of the Us-versus-Them mentality implanted by four decades of the Cold War. This book is fired by a deep concern, but it is not a relentless diatribe. While the author lambastes some aspects of American politics and denounces political correctness, he offers a heartfelt defense of non-ideological multiculturalism as an antidote to Americans' difficulty in imagining the rest of the world--and other Americans
Goya by Robert Hughes( Book )
34 editions published between 2003 and 2013 in 4 languages and held by 2,476 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Publisher's description: Robert Hughes, who has stunned us with comprehensive works on subjects as sweeping and complex as the history of Australia (The Fatal Shore), the modern art movement (The Shock of the New), the nature of American art (American Visions), and the nature of America itself as seen through its art (The Culture of Complaint), now turns his renowned critical eye to one of art history's most compelling, enigmatic, and important figures, Francisco Jos ̌de Goya y Lucientes. With characteristic critical fervor and sure-eyed insight, Hughes brings us the story of an artist whose life and work bridged the transition from the eighteenth-century reign of the old masters to the early days of the nineteenth-century moderns. With his salient passion for the artist and the art, Hughes brings Goya vividly to life through dazzling analysis of a vast breadth of his work. Building upon the historical evidence that exists, Hughes tracks Goya's development, as man and artist, without missing a beat, from the early works commissioned by the Church, through his long, productive, and tempestuous career at court, to the darkly sinister and cryptic work he did at the end of his life. In a work that is at once interpretive biography and cultural epic, Hughes grounds Goya firmly in the context of his time, taking us on a wild romp through Spanish history; from the brutality and easy violence of street life to the fiery terrors of the Holy Inquisition to the grave realities of war, Hughes shows us in vibrant detail the cultural forces that shaped Goya's work. Underlying the exhaustive, critical analysis and the rich historical background is Hughes's own intimately personal relationship to his subject. This is a book informed not only by lifelong love and study, but by his own recent experiences of mortality and death. As such this is a uniquely moving and human book; with the same relentless and fearless intelligence he has brought to every subject he has ever tackled, Hughes here transcends biography to bring us a rich and fiercely brave book about art and life, love and rage, impotence and death. This is one genius writing at full capacity about another₇and the result is truly spectacular
Barcelona by Robert Hughes( Book )
50 editions published between 1991 and 2013 in 10 languages and held by 2,239 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
History of Barcelona, Spain as seen through its art and architecture
The Shock of the new by Robert Hughes( Book )
23 editions published between 1980 and 1991 in English and held by 2,126 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
"The hundred-year history of modern art ..."
The Shock of the new by Robert Hughes( Book )
54 editions published between 1990 and 2009 in English and held by 1,574 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
An illustrated history of modern art describes the origins of modern painting, sculpture, and architecture, shows how world events affected the art, and explains why the movement is near its end
Rome : a cultural, visual, and personal history by Robert Hughes( Book )
6 editions published between 2011 and 2012 in English and held by 1,476 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
This book is a comprehensive, and deeply personal history of Rome, as city, as empire, and, crucially, as an origin of Western art and civilization covering the span from the city's origins more than two thousand years ago through the twentieth century. The founding of Rome is shrouded in legend, but current archaeological evidence supports the theory that Rome grew from pastoral settlements and coalesced into a city in the 8th century BC. It developed into the capital of the Roman Kingdom, the Roman Republic and finally the Roman Empire. For almost a thousand years, Rome was the most politically important, richest and largest city in the Western world. This book tells the story of the Eternal City, from its earliest days right up to the present
Nothing if not critical : selected essays on art and artists by Robert Hughes( Book )
35 editions published between 1987 and 2013 in 4 languages and held by 1,466 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
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
The Age of anxiety ( Visual )
33 editions published between 1996 and 1997 in English and held by 1,041 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
An eight part series presenting American history through its visual art, painting, sculpture, architecture and monuments. This sixth segment examines the mythic images of the 1920's and 30's as skyscrapers rise in New York and the rural heartland is idealized by Regionalists like Thomas Hart. Artists of the WPA celebrate the worker as hero, while Jacob Lawrence tells stories of black America, and ambitious New Deal projects like Hoover Dam project self-confidence in hard times. Also examines the work of Raymond Hood, Edward Hopper, Stuart Davis, and Grant Wood
Heaven and hell in Western art by Robert Hughes( Book )
20 editions published between 1968 and 1997 in 4 languages and held by 830 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
American visions by Robert Hughes( Visual )
28 editions published between 1996 and 2013 in English and No Linguistic content and held by 756 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Presents a glimpse of American history through its visual art, painting, sculpture, architecture and monuments. Follows nearly three centuries of creativity, exploring a nation whose art mirrors its diversity
Lucian Freud paintings by Robert Hughes( Book )
28 editions published between 1987 and 2008 in English and French and held by 742 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
A study of the paintings of twentieth-century artist Lucian Freud, with illustrations
Frank Auerbach by Robert Hughes( Book )
11 editions published between 1990 and 1996 in English and Undetermined and held by 740 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Om den engelske maler Frank Auerbach f. 1931 baseret på samtaler og breve fra 1986 til 1988
Amish, the art of the quilt by Robert Hughes( Book )
5 editions published between 1990 and 1995 in English and held by 670 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
The shock of the new by Robert Hughes( Visual )
15 editions published between 1980 and 2009 in English and held by 547 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
"Robert Hughes' history of modern art from cubism to pop and the avant-garde. The sequel to the BBC's Civilization series, picks up at the threshold of the 20th century. It is written and presented by Robert Hughes, art critic and senior writer for Time. Hughes draws on a wealth of documentary materials from the archives of the BBC, including rare footage and interviews with noted artists. The range of major figures includes Henri Matisse, Pablo Picasso, le Corbusier, Maz Ernst, Francis Bacon and Jackson Pollock."--Container
Antonio Gaudí by Hiroshi Teshigahara( Visual )
2 editions published in 2008 in English and Japanese and held by 440 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
"Everything comes from the great book of Nature; human attainments are an already printed book."--Gaudi, end title screen. The Catalan architect, ceramist, and sculptor united Neo-Gothic mysticism and grandeur with Art Nouveau lines, combined with a surreal apprehension of the power of nature. Less of a documentary than a tribute, Teshigahara's film becomes a place to get lost, a radically hypnotic travelogue that's completely symbiotic with its subject. Almost wordless, this visual rhapsody is accompanied by music from composer Toru Takemitsu, whose free-floating East-meets-West impressionism and organic flow mimics the sprouting curvilinear shapes of Gaudi's buildings
Lucian Freud paintings by Robert Hughes( Book )
8 editions published between 1987 and 2000 in English and German and held by 425 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
The art of Australia by Robert Hughes( Book )
27 editions published between 1966 and 1988 in English and Undetermined and held by 416 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
The Colony 1788-1885; Heidelberg School 1885-96; landscape with various figures; Expatriates 1890-1930; Post-Impressionism 1913-38; the angry decade 1937-47; Stylists 1939-50; figures and images 1950-62; myths and personae 1947-62; abstract painting 1938-66
A jerk on one end : reflections of a mediocre fisherman by Robert Hughes( Book )
6 editions published between 1999 and 2000 in English and Dutch and held by 397 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
"In A Jerk on One End, Hughes traces his love of fishing back to his earliest boyhood on Sydney Harbor, Australia, and recounts the high and low points of his career with rod and reel - the first surge of triumph when he snagged a six-pound bonito, the shame of having his father catch him trout-fishing with live bait (the most perfidious failing in the eyes of every fly fisher), hair-raising shark tales he picked up on the Sydney waterfront."
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Alternative Names
Hughes, R.S.F., 1938-2012
Hughes, Robert
Hughes, Robert Studley Forrest 1938-2012
Robert Hughes
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