Robert hughes, the eloquent, combative art critic and historian who lived with operatic flair and wrote with a sense of authority that owed more to zola or ruskin than to his own century, died on monday at calvary hospital in the bronx he was 74 and had lived for many years in briarcliff manor, ny. At some early point in his long career, more than three decades of it spent at time, robert hughes became the most famous art critic in the english-speaking world this happened because he was also the best — the most eloquent, the most sharp-eyed and incisive, the most truculent and certainly the most. Robert hughes (1938–2012) was an art critic and television writer in the award- winning documentary series, the shock of the new, hughes recounted the development of modern art since the impressionists in the fatal shore, he explored the history of his native australia hughes's memoir, things i didn't know, was. Robert hughes art critic page, including explanation of some of the analysis offered by the art historian. Art critic robert hughes passed away overnight after a long illness he was 74 his wife doris hughes said in a statement. Robert hughes was born in australia in 1938 and has lived in europe and the united states since 1964 since 1970 he has worked in new york as an art critic for time magazine he has twice received the franklin jeweer mather award for distinguished criticism from the college art association of america see more.
Hughes wrote many kinds of things in a career that spanned four decades – history, commentary, criticism, journalism – but his primary goal was always the same: to entertain, especially while he was educating. Trailblazing art critic and bestselling author robert hughes has died in new york at the age of 74 after a long-term illness. It is an oddity of robert hughes's posthumous reputation that, although this art critic received many tributes when he died in 2012, and although they have now been repeated in the context of his latest book, they come more from literary and cultural critics than from those art critics who were, in a sense, his. Robert hughes, pugnacious essayist and critic, who wrote a best-selling history of australia and was the host of tv series on art history, dies at 74.
Robert hughes, who has died aged 74 after a long illness, dismissed the notion of crocodile dundee as a representative australian figure as macho commedia dell'arte all the same, hughes as the crocodile dundee of art criticism is too good a parallel to reject: burly ocker from the outback, tinny in left. Australian robert hughes, one of the world's greatest art critics and the man behind the fatal shore and the shock of the new, has died in new york aged 74. The brilliant and sometimes controversial art critic and historian robert hughes has died in new york at the age of 74.
Robert hughes in the shock of the new episode 8 i don't think there's ever been such a rush towards insignificance in the name of the historical future as. Robert hughes' documentary masterwork, the shock of the new, was first broadcast on television in 1980 as an eight-part series in his forthright and inimicable style, hughes brought the history of modern art to the public eye in a way that had not been done before and which has not been bettered.
Robert hughes was one of the greatest writers australia has produced in any medium and the fact that he was a practising art critic and never claimed to be anything else makes this all the more remarkable he died in 2012, 13 years after the dreadful car accident that left him a partial cripple – and in pain. I met the critic robert hughes only once, and had no intention of writing about his death until i read a couple of his obituaries, which mostly ignored or belittled one of the things i admired about him the new york times didn't mention it, neither did time magazine's main piece (there's apparently a separate.