The Easel

Getting the Last Word: The 6 Most Withering Moments in Robert Hughes’s “The Spectacle of Skill”

Robert Hughes was copiously talented and he put those talents to good use. His Shock of the New and Nothing if Not Critical are widely regarded as classics of art criticism. Plus, he was thrillingly opinionated. Adam Gopnik says of him in this new volume “Robert Hughes was many things, but he was never a meta-thing. He was the real thing: living and breathing and red with exertion and, sometimes, rage.”

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