Robert Hughes, Eloquent Art Journalist with a Thing About Drawing, has Died at Age 74

by Bill Davenport August 10, 2012

An eloquent decoder (and sometime debunker) of art, Hughes churned out acres of beautiful, thoughtful and jargon-free art criticism for The Sunday Times (London), and Time Magazine. In 1980 he wrote and starred in the influential BBC TV series Shock of the New; his books include Nothing if Not Critical, (1991) a collection of essays, and The Fatal Shore (1987) a social history of his native Australia.


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Jenni Sorkin August 10, 2012 - 10:14

Eloquent, really? The guy was one step to the left of Hilton Kramer!

Elinor August 10, 2012 - 23:07

I really appreciated his jargon-free critiques.I thought he was one of the few readable ones of that ilk.

Robert Boyd August 13, 2012 - 20:53

Jenni Sorkin–This word “eloquent.” I do not think it means what you think it means.


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