Search Results: "Robert Hughes"


BOOK REVIEW

BARCELONA by Robert Hughes
NON-FICTION
Released: Feb. 28, 1992

"The Gaudí section, which is very good, comes only at a very long book's end, by which time you are weary, and less involved than its great subject merits."
After a rousing introduction that touches on the Spanish Civil War and Miró, Gaudí, and the Barcelonese mania for design and its folk-pride in "seny" (well-proportioned common sense), coexisting with its "tradition of intense, wrenching civic change, of long-shot gambles and risky endeavors," Hughes plunges into the history of the city and of Catalunya entire—and is all but lost in its swamp thereafter. Read full book review >

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THINGS I DIDN’T KNOW by Robert Hughes
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 25, 2006

"A long, unblinking look in time's mirror, by a writer who has spent his life mastering his subject and his craft."
A sometimes poignant, sometimes nasty, often amusing and always erudite memoir by the historian and art critic (Goya, 2003, etc.). Read full book review >

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ROME by Robert Hughes
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 2, 2011

"An appealing mixture of erudition about high culture and curmudgeonly complaints about low."
In the spirit of his Barcelona (1992), the art critic and cultural historian zooms through Roman history, from Romulus and Remus to today. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: April 30, 1997

"A meaty and illuminating excavation, full of vigor and punch, to accompany a spring PBS series. (330 illustrations and photos, not seen) (First printing of 100,000)"
The ever voluble Hughes tackles 350 years of history with irony and gusto in this eminently readable handbook on American art. Read full book review >

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GOYA by Robert Hughes
NON-FICTION
Released: Nov. 10, 2003

"A solid work of art history, though not the revelatory summing-up the author appears to have aspired to. (215 illustrations, 115 in color, color not seen)"
Time's art critic and cultural pundit (A Jerk on One End, 1999, etc.) finally produces his decades-in-the-making consideration of the Spanish painter. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: April 1, 1993

"Not since John Gardner's On Moral Fiction (1978) have we had such a pellet-gun shower of right-wing leftism, back-to-basics positivism—and like Gardner's, it settles down more as vanitas than veritas."
It's hard not to be stirred up and entertained by the three jeremiad-essays Hughes (Barcelona, 1992, etc.) offers here. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Oct. 1, 1999

"A thoughtful and witty little volume whose readership should extend beyond the fly-fishing purist."
An unlikely match of subject, author, and series (this is a volume in the Library of Contemporary Thought) puts art critic and historian Hughes (American Visions: The Epic History of Art in America, 1997, etc.) at the other end of a fishing pole. Read full book review >

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THE SPECTACLE OF SKILL by Robert Hughes
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Nov. 17, 2015

"The collection serves as a fine introduction to—and commemoration of—an incisive cultural critic."
Trenchant reflections on life and art from an award-winning critic and historian. Read full book review >

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DAISY SAVES THE DAY by Shirley  Hughes
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 9, 2015

"An impressive and delightful combination of visual and verbal storytelling evokes empathy and identification with the young heroine. (Picture book. 4-8)"
A girl's time "in service" in a London house offers young readers a glimpse of life below-stairs in 1911. Read full book review >

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BOBBO GOES TO SCHOOL by Shirley Hughes
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 12, 2013

"Another satisfying domestic drama from veteran author Hughes, this will please old fans and make new ones. (Picture book. 3 to 6)"
The plot is a familiar one: A young child and her favorite stuffed friend are separated and then joyously reunited. Read full book review >

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ANNIE ROSE IS MY LITTLE SISTER by Shirley Hughes
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 2003

"Conveying a warm feeling of domestic harmony, and modeling an ideal but not unrealistic closeness, this will please fans of Frieda Wishinsky's Oonga Boonga (reissued 1998, with illus by Carol Thompson), Marc Brown's tales of Arthur and D.W., and the like. (Picture book. 5-7)"
With a mixture of pride, affection, and just an occasional saving flash of irritation, Alfie rattles on about his relationship with his adorable, adoring, younger sibling. Read full book review >

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HIDING by Shirley Hughes
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 1, 1994

"Charming and enriching. (Picture book. 2-6)"
As she did in Bouncing and Giving (both 1993), Hughes explores and extends what initially looks like a simple concept: At first, a child plays peekaboo with a toddler who's gazing raptly at the cushion from behind which she declares ``You can't see me''; then they play hide-and-seek, in which the place of concealment is a secret. Read full book review >