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Robert Hughes

Robert Hughes was born in Australia in 1938. In 1970 he moved to the United States to become chief art critic for Time, a position he held until 2001. His books include The Shock of the New,
The Fatal Shore, Nothing if Not Critical, The Culture of Complaint, Barcelona, Goya, Things I Didn’t Know, and Rome. He is a New York Public Library Literary Lion, and was the recipient of a number of literary awards and prizes, including two Frank Jewett-Mather Awards. He is widely held as the most respected art critic of our time.

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American Visions
Written by Robert Hughes
Knopf | Trade Paperback | November 1999
$50.00/62.00(Canada) | 978-0-375-70365-2 (0-375-70365-9)

Writing with all the brilliance, authority, and pungent wit that have distinguished his art criticism for Time magazine and his greatly acclaimed study of modern art, The Shock of the New, Robert Hughes now addresses his largest subject: the history of art in America.

The intense relationship between the American people... Read more

Written by Robert Hughes
Vintage | Trade Paperback | March 1993
$22.00/26.00(Canada) | 978-0-679-74383-5 (0-679-74383-9)

A monumentally informed and irresistibly opinionated guide to the most un-Spanish city in Spain, from the bestselling author of The Fatal Shore.

In these pages, Robert Hughes scrolls through Barcelona's often violent history; tells the stories of its kings, poets, magnates, and revolutionaries; and ushers readers through municipal landmarks that range... Read more

The Fatal Shore
Written by Robert Hughes
Vintage | Trade Paperback | February 1988
$21.95/28.50(Canada) | 978-0-394-75366-9 (0-394-75366-6)

In this bestselling account of the colonization of Australia, Robert Hughes explores how the convict transportation system created the country we know today.

Digging deep into the dark history of England's infamous efforts to move 160,000 men and women thousands of miles to the other side of the world in the... Read more

Written by Robert Hughes
Knopf | Trade Paperback | November 2006
$29.95/39.95(Canada) | 978-0-375-71128-2 (0-375-71128-7)

Robert Hughes, who has stunned us with comprehensive works on subjects as sweeping and complex as the history of Australia (The Fatal Shore), the modern art movement (The Shock of the New), the nature of American art (American Visions), and the nature of America itself as seen through its art (The... Read more

Nothing If Not Critical
Written by Robert Hughes
Penguin Books | Trade Paperback | February 1992
$18.00/23.50(Canada) | 978-0-14-016524-1 (0-14-016524-X)

From Holbein to Hockney, from Norman Rockwell to Pablo Picasso, from sixteenth-century Rome to 1980s SoHo, Robert Hughes looks with love, loathing, warmth, wit and authority at a wide range of art and artists, good, bad, past and present.
   As art critic for Time magazine, internationally acclaimed for his study of modern... Read more

Written by Robert Hughes
Vintage | Trade Paperback | October 2012
$19.95/25.95(Canada) | 978-0-375-71168-8 (0-375-71168-6)

From Robert Hughes, one of the greatest art and cultural critics of our time, comes a sprawling, comprehensive, and deeply personal history of Rome—as a city, as an empire, and as an origin of Western art and civilization.
Starting on a personal note, Hughes takes us to the Rome he... Read more

The Spectacle of Skill
Written by Robert Hughes
Vintage | Trade Paperback | November 2016
$20.00/27.00(Canada) | 978-0-307-38599-4 (0-307-38599-X)

Over the course of his distinguished career, Robert Hughes wrote with brutal honesty about art, architecture, culture, religion—and himself. The Spectacle of Skill brings together some of his most unforgettable pieces, culled from nine of his most widely read and important books, alongside never-before-published pages from his unfinished second volume of... Read more

Things I Didn't Know
Written by Robert Hughes
Vintage | Trade Paperback | December 2007
$18.95/22.50(Canada) | 978-0-307-38598-7 (0-307-38598-1)

Robert Hughes has trained his critical eye on many major subjects, from the city of Barcelona to the history of his native Australia. Now he turns that eye inward, onto himself and the world that formed him. Hughes analyzes his experiences the way he might examine a Van Gogh or a... Read more