The Spectacle of Skill: New and Selected Writings of Robert Hughes

The Spectacle of Skill: New and Selected Writings of Robert Hughes

by Robert Hughes


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Over the course of his distinguished career, Robert Hughes wrote with brutal honesty about art, architecture, culture, religion—and himself. The Spectacle of Skill brings together some of his most unforgettable pieces, culled from nine of his most widely read and important books, alongside never-before-published pages from his unfinished second volume of memoirs. Showcasing Hughes’s enormous range, this indispensable anthology offers a uniquely cohesive view of both the critic and the man.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780307385994
Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date: 11/29/2016
Pages: 688
Product dimensions: 5.20(w) x 8.00(h) x 1.40(d)

About the Author

Robert Hughes was born in Australia in 1938. In 1970 he moved to the United States to become chief art critic for Time, a position he held until 2001. His books include The Shock of the New, The Fatal Shore, Nothing if Not Critical, The Culture of Complaint, Barcelona, Goya, Things I Didn’t Know, and Rome. He is a New York Public Library Literary Lion, and was the recipient of a number of literary awards and prizes, including two Frank Jewett-Mather Awards. He is widely held as the most respected art critic of our time.

Table of 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


  The Color of a Dog Running Away 
  “If Not, Not” 
  Going to the Fair 
  The Hermit in the Cave of Making 

American Visions

  The 1913 Armory Show 
  Frank Lloyd Wright 
  Edward Hopper
A Jerk on One End 


  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

From the Unfinished Memoir

  Coming to Time 
  Graft—Things You Didn’t Know 
  My Friend Robert Rauschenberg 
  The Shock of the New 
  High Trash 
  Tuna Surprise 
  Long Island 
  Danton—I Hardly Knew You

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