REMEMBERING THE GREAT ART CRITIC - ROBERT HUGHES
The legendary Australian-born art critic, writer and television documentary maker, Robert Hughes passed away Monday at age of 74. The former Time columnist counted among the few critics who could break through the practiced esoterism of the art world. He was knowledgable, sensible, passionate, lucid, unpretentious. Anger, was the main subject to his criticism. Raw, pungent, beautifully worded anger. Even when people disagreed with him, it was impossible not to enjoy his critics.
Here are some of his groundbreaking critics:
On Jeff Koons: “He has the slimy assurance, the gross patter about transcendence through art, of a blow-dried Baptist selling swamp acres in Florida. And the result is that you can’t imagine America’s singularly depraved culture without him”.
On Julian Schnabel: “Schnabel’s work is to painting what Stallone’s is to acting—a lurching display of oily pectorals”.
On Alex Katz: “The hallmark of the minor artist is to be obsessed with style as an end in itself”.
On Jean-Michel Basquiat: “Far from being the Charlie Parker of SoHo (as his promoters claimed) he became its Jessica Savitch”.
Hughes made major contributions to the world of art and the telling of Australian history.