Search Results: "Robert Hughes"


BOOK REVIEW

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 >

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 >

BOOK REVIEW

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 >

BOOK REVIEW

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 >

BOOK REVIEW

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 >

BOOK REVIEW

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 >

BOOK REVIEW

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 >

BOOK REVIEW

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 >

BLOG POST

ROBERT OLMSTEAD
by J.W. Bonner

At a time when our country’s past serves a daily story in the news, Robert Olmstead’s latest novel, Savage Country, takes readers back to the 19th-century frontier as well as returning readers to a more traditional type of yarn spinning: equal parts adventure tale, Biblical narrative, and Greek tragedy.

Savage Country depicts a world where justice is often ...


Read the full post >

BOOK REVIEW

ON A SCALE FROM IDIOT TO COMPLETE JERK by Alison Hughes
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2014

"Though it attempts Diary of a Wimpy Kid, it achieves lengthy science report. Skippable. (Fiction. 9-12)"
Can a scientific study explain jerk-ish behavior, and will it earn J.J. a passing grade? Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

ENCHANTMENT IN THE GARDEN by Shirley Hughes
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 1997

A storybook with echoes of Frances Hodgson Burnett—absentee parents, a lonely girl, an orphan who blossoms while working in a garden, children who meet clandestinely, away from the governess's eyes—from Hughes, who illustrated an edition of The Secret Garden: all the elements of an old-fashioned read, but precious and out-of-date. Read full book review >