The Shock of the New: Art and the Century of Change

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BBC Worldwide, 1991 - Art, Modern - 444 pages
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Hughes is a great writer! - Goodreads
the best introduction to modern art i know of. - Goodreads
Hughes identifies a selection of broad themes. - Goodreads

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User Review  - Jeremy - Goodreads

A thoroughly engaging overview of SOME aspects of modern art. Hughes is erudite, opinionated and a bit crotchety, qualities that made him an excellent critic and observer. He also makes the wise ... Read full review

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User Review  - Pieter - Goodreads

The book provides a good and well written introduction to modern art: paintings, design, architecture, etc. The many pictures visualize the theories of the author and familiarize the reader with ... Read full review

About the author (1991)

Robert Hughes was born in Sydney, Australia on July 28, 1938. He studied art and architecture at the University of Sydney. He pursued art criticism mostly as a sideline while painting, writing poetry and serving as a cartoonist for the weekly intellectual journal The Observer. He left Australia and spent time in Italy before settling in London, where he became a well-known critical voice and wrote for several newspapers. He was chief art critic for Time magazine for over 30 years. He wrote several books including The Fatal Shore, American Visions: The Epic History of Art in America, Culture of Complaint: The Fraying of America, Things I Didn't Know, and Rome. He also hosted an eight-part documentary about the development of modernism from the Impressionists through Warhol entitled The Shock of the New. It was seen by more than 25 million viewers when it ran first on BBC and then on PBS. He also wrote a book by the same name about the series. He died after a long illness on August 6, 2012 at the age of 74.

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