Robert Hughes (July 28, 1938 - August 06, 2012)
Born: 28th July, 1938
Died: 6th August, 2012
Nationality: Australian
Profession/Occupation: Critic
Region: Sydney, Australia, New York City, New York
Notable works: "The Shock of the New", "The Fatal Shore: The Epic of Australia's Founding", "American Visions: The Epic History of Art in America"

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Robert Hughes, in full Robert Studley Forrest Hughes, (born July 28, 1938, Sydney, Australia--died August 6, 2012, Bronx, New York, U.S.), Australian art critic and television personality known for his informed and highly opinionated criticism and his accessible and succinct writing style.

After graduating (1956) from St. Ignatius College, a Jesuit school in Sydney, Hughes entered the University of Sydney. Though initially drawn to law and architecture, he flunked out of school after his first year. He abandoned his studies and, though not formally trained, began painting and drawing political cartoons for local newspapers. He turned to art criticism when he covered an art show for a newspaper that had fired its critic. His lifelong interest in modern art inspired him to continue writing criticism for such Australian journals as the Observer and the Nation. In 1961 Hughes was hired to write an exhibition catalog and contracted by Penguin Books to write a history of Australian art. Though he completed his studies in architecture in 1962, he had already found his niche in art criticism.

Hughes moved to Italy in 1964, traveling extensively to study firsthand the painting and architecture of Europe. The result was a second book, Heaven and Hell in Western Art (1968). By that time he had settled in London and had established himself as a freelance writer for The Observer and the Sunday Times newspapers. He also produced dozens of art documentaries for BBC-TV. On the basis of his growing reputation, he was hired in 1970 by Time magazine to serve as its art critic.

Hughes's television initiation in the United States came in 1978 when he was named cohost of the ABC-TV newsmagazine series 20/20. His debut was a failure, but he later rebounded with the eight-part television series The Shock of the New, an exploration of the impact of modern art and architecture. Appearing on PBS in 1981, the series showcased his prickly, critical style, his refreshingly frank viewpoint, and his penetrating appraisals.

Other books followed, including The Fatal Shore (1987), an epic history of Hughes's native Australia, as well as Barcelona (1992) and The Culture of Complaint (1993). Hughes, the only critic to twice receive the College Art Association's Frank Jewett Mather Award for art journalism (1982 and 1985), also received the Order of Australia (1991) and was elected (1993) to the American Academy of Arts and Letters.

In 1997 Hughes launched another eight-part television series for PBS called American Visions: The Epic History of Art in America. Like his richly illustrated companion book of the same title, the highly acclaimed series explored the emergence of art in the United States as a reflection of contemporary political and social events. A six-part series, Australia: Beyond the Fatal Shore, was broadcast on PBS in 2000.

That same year Hughes was named Writer of the Year by the London Sunday Times. In 2004 he published Goya, a well-received biography of the Spanish artist Francisco de Goya. His tell-all memoir, Things I Didn't Know, was released in 2006. Rome: A Cultural, Visual and Personal History (2011) contains writings on his own experience of Rome as well as its history. Selections of previously published work, along with portions of an unfinished memoir, were collected in The Spectacle of Skill (2015).

Top 9 Robert Hughes quotes

The greater the artist, the greater the doubt. Perfect confidence is granted to the less talented as a consolation prize.
Artist
Confidence
Consolation
Doubt
Granted
Greater
Less
Perfect
Prize
Talented
Transportation made sublimation literal. It conveyed evil to another world.
Another
Conveyed
Evil
Literal
Made
Transportation
World
It was the basilica of gossip, the Vatican of inside dope.
Dope
Gossip
Inside
Vatican
It was a secular cathedral, dedicated to the rites of travel.
Cathedral
Dedicated
Rites
Secular
Travel
Nothing they design ever gets in the way of a work of art.
Art
Design
Ever
Gets
Nothing
Way
Work
Popular in our time, unpopular in his. So runs the stereotype of rejected genius.
Genius
His
Our
Our time
Popular
Rejected
Runs
Stereotype
Time
Unpopular
Landscape is to American painting what sex and psychoanalysis are to the American novel.
American
Landscape
Novel
Painting
Psychoanalysis
Sex
A determined soul will do more with a rusty monkey wrench than a loafer will accomplish with all the tools in a machine shop.
Accomplish
Determined
Machine
Monkey
More
Rusty
Shop
Soul
Than
Tools
Will
Wrench
The new job of art is to sit on the wall and get more expensive.
Art
Expensive
Get
Job
More
New
New job
Sit
Wall

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