The Spectacle of Skill: New and Selected Writings of


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  1. Michael Michael says:

    I was extraordinarily lucky I read the collected essays both of James Baldwin and the Spectacle of Skill New and Selected Writings of Robert Hughes Both men were brilliant masters of the English language Robert Hughes was raised in Australia where he was educated in a Jesuit school, and he learned classical English literature and Latin he would be fluent in Spanish and Catalan, and perhaps Italian and French He left Australia to become one of the most prominent art critics in the English I was extraordinarily lucky I read the collected essays both of James Baldwin and the Spectacle of Skill New and Selected Writings of Robert Hughes Both men were brilliant masters of the English language Robert Hughes was raised in Australia where he was educated in a Jesuit school, and he learned classical English literature and Latin he would be fluent in Spanish and Catalan, and perhaps Italian and French He left Australia to become one of the most prominent art critics in the English language His series for the BBC, The Shock of the New, about modern art, was later expanded into a book which I also have He was noted for a balanced, witty style and in the stylish world of New York art, being somewhat of an ornery conservative But he was conservative in the best of ways, with a broad world view and a profound understanding of history It was true, as he sadly noted, that the art of his time did away with much of the technical mastery that had been learned in the past, but that as he refused to note was part of its purpose He became the art critic for Time Magazine and mingled with the rich and the famous Of a meeting with Jerzy Kosinski He was quick, arrogant, nervous, with bad teeth and a raptor s nose like an ill preserved but dangerous hawkHe told hilarious stories about his visit to Tunisia, as President Bourguiba s guest The president gave a party for him in Hammamet and, late at night, suggested they go to a bathhouse You will find exquisite creatures there, Mr Kosinski, he purred Exquisite You will never forget it All right, said the somewhat drunken Jerzy, let s go I haven t had a woman since I got to Tunisia, he confided to the president A Woman, a woman Bourguiba cried, flicking him lightly on the shoulder Quel fetichiste One can do no better than to quote Robert Hughes For millions upon millions of people, a vast audience, much larger than print can claim, TV has taken over their image banks, their modes of social expression, their dreams, their fears TV creates the icons to which they look and the forms of homage they pay to them And yet there are some things TV cannot do and, because it knows this, because it is not made by fools, TV favors and strives to create a mindset in which those things are not valued They include, for instance, the ability to sustain and enjoy a nuanced argument, to look behind the screen of immediate iconic events to keep in mind moderately large amounts of significant information, or to remember today what some joker said last monthCommercial TV teaches its audience to scorn complexity and to feel, not thinkMore and , network coverage treats politics as a gladiatorial sport Having sown this wind, we now reap the whirlwind of an absurdly caricatured polity, under whose stress the traditional American genius for compromise, which is the very soul of a pluralist democracy, shows nasty signs of breaking down This book includes passages from his books The Shock and the New and The Fatal Shore, about the founding of Australia, Nothing if Not Critical, a collection of essays on art, Barcelona, Rome, Florence, A Jerk on One End about fishing , and Goya As Publishers Weekly commented it is marked by his staggering erudition The essays are often profound, always learned, witty, and full of quotable phrases from a master and opinionated stylist The only essay that rather disappoints is the last, which is about his relationship with his only son who committed suicide Perhaps, writing a successful essay about such a relationship or non relationship, as in Hughes case is impossible, but it is also the one essay where he dwells on his own flaws, his selfishness and immaturity, and the wit that always sustains him in the other essays, fails It is striking to learn he hasn t really the language for intimacy about himself He is, at his best, a perspicacious and sagacious observer of the world around him A marvelous collection by an extraordinary writer


  2. Kevin Tole Kevin Tole says:

    I like Robert Hughes writing and criticism Along with Peter Fuller, he has been for me a most influential art critic whose work I first came across with the blockbuster that every young art student came across in The Shock of the New Nothing If Not Critical Selected Essays on Art and Artists is a tour de force of art critical writing which anybody seriously interested in painting should have read.


  3. Lisa Lisa says:

    Some fascinating sections about artists I admire like Rauschenberg, Gaudi and Wyeth and lots of really eye opening information about Australia and the dearth of art and art scholarship here in the fifties I like how Hughes writes, particularly his essays from The Fatal Shore and his knowledge about art and history is prodigious and enlightening.


  4. Jack Youngkin Jack Youngkin says:

    Lucid and piercing Hughes analysis of painted art since the early 2oth century is right on target.


  5. David David says:

    Marred only by an introduction by the seriously unserious Adam Gopnik.


  6. Lara Lara says:

    Such is the talent of the late Robert Hughes, art critic for Time magazine for over thirty years and creator of the BBC TV series about modern art, The Shock of the New , that he could write about a telephone book and make it interesting The Spectacle of Skill New and Selected Writings of Robert Hughes , contains a posthumous collection of Hughes highest literary achievements, with selections from prior works such The Shock of the New and Things I Didn t Know , the memoir of his life a Such is the talent of the late Robert Hughes, art critic for Time magazine for over thirty years and creator of the BBC TV series about modern art, The Shock of the New , that he could write about a telephone book and make it interesting The Spectacle of Skill New and Selected Writings of Robert Hughes , contains a posthumous collection of Hughes highest literary achievements, with selections from prior works such The Shock of the New and Things I Didn t Know , the memoir of his life and career prior to his hiring by Time magazine The book concludes with an excerpt from Hughes unfinished memoir which would have picked up where Things I Didn t Know left off In his criticism, Hughes pen was sharp and often eviscerating His withering comments about the numbing quality of Warhol s soup cans or Jean Michel Basquiat on the latter, The only thing the market liked better than a hot young artist was a dead hot young artist are a treat not to be missed But Hughes doesn t just snipe or praise Spectacle reminds us of the ever present clarity and depth of his analyses He was highly skeptical of artists who, in his view, blatantly pander to the whimsy of the market He distrusted artists who are motivated by the tastes of the market and not by their own vision He maintained that great art is a cultural manifestation therefore, particular styles and movements cannot and should not be viewed as separate from their cultural and historical contexts i.e Futurist art must be scrutinized in tandem with Fascism, the political ideology it was fighting against.This past Christmas, I wished for two books that I knew I probably wouldn t get a last, undiscovered work by Christopher Hitchens and onebook from Robert Hughes Quite to my ecstatic surprise, I got one from each man The Spectacle of Skill reminds lovers of Mr Hughes that no one in the 20th century waseloquent about art and its history than he His passion for his subject puts paid to the assertion that the true value of art lies merely in the price it brings at auction The genuine value of art is to be found in the engrossing mixture of its times, the story of its creation and a deeper understanding of its creator For those unfamiliar with Robert Hughes, this book is an excellent starting place Also recommended is the DVD set of The Shock of the New , his TV series on modern art, which is a worthy continuance of Sir Kenneth Clark s BBC series, Civilisation


  7. Julie-anna Child Julie-anna Child says:

    Stunning writing and ideas Very funny jaded observation the inside story to a rather craven art world Good reading for cynical artists and antipodeans.


  8. Rose Rose says:

    A very good selection from his published writings as well as his from his previously unpublished continuation of his memoirs His writing is clear and evocative and I could happily have read a book twice as long.


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The Spectacle of Skill: New and Selected Writings of Robert Hughes [Download] ➼ The Spectacle of Skill: New and Selected Writings of Robert Hughes Author Robert Hughes – Natus-physiotherapy.co.uk 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 of Skill: PDF/EPUB ë I am completely an elitist, in the cultural but emphatically not the social The Spectacle Kindle - sense I prefer the good to the bad, the articulate to the mumbling, the Spectacle of Skill: PDF/EPUB ë 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 rateRobert 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.

    The Spectacle of Skill: New and Selected Writings of 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 rateRobert 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."/>
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About the Author: Robert Hughes

of Skill: PDF/EPUB ë Robert Studley Forrest Hughes, AO was an Australian art critic, writer and television The Spectacle Kindle - documentary maker who has resided in New York since He was educated at Spectacle of Skill: PDF/EPUB ë St Ignatius College, Riverview before going on to study arts and then architecture at the University of Sydney At university, Hughes associated with the Sydney Push a group of artists, writers, intellectuals and drinkers Among the group were Germaine Greer and Clive James Hughes, an aspiring artist and poet, abandoned his university endeavours to become first a cartoonist and then an art critic for the Sydney periodical The Observer, edited by Donald Horne Around this time he wrote a history of Australian painting, titled The Art of Australia, which is still considered to be an important work It was published in Hughes was also briefly involved in the original Sydney version of Oz magazine, and wrote art criticism for The Nation and The Sunday MirrorHughes left Australia for Europe in , living for a time in Italy before settling in London, England where he wrote for The Spectator, The Daily Telegraph, The Times and The Observer, among others, and contributed to the London version of Oz In he obtained the position of art critic for TIME magazine and he moved to New York He quickly established himself in the United States as an influential art criticIn , he and Don Brady provided the narration for the film Protected, a documentary showing what life was like for Indigenous Australians on Palm Island In , the BBC broadcast The Shock of the New, Hughes s television series on the development of modern art since the Impressionists It was accompanied by a book of the same name its combination of insight, wit and accessibility are still widely praised In , The Fatal Shore, Hughes s study of the British penal colonies and early European settlement of Australia, became an international best sellerHughes provided commentary on the work of artist Robert Crumb in parts of the film Crumb, calling Crumb the American Breughel His television series American Visions reviewed the history of American art since the Revolution He was again dismissive of much recent art this time, sculptor Jeff Koons was subjected to criticism Australia Beyond the Fatal Shore was a series musing on modern Australia and Hughes s relationship with it Hughes s documentary on the painter Francisco Goya, Goya Crazy Like a Genius, was broadcast on the first night of the BBC s domestic digital service Hughes created a one hour update to The Shock of the New Titled The New Shock of the New, the program aired first in Hughes published the first volume of his memoirs, Things I Didn t Know, in .