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The Shock of the New : Art and the Century of Change - Robert Hughes

The Shock of the New

Art and the Century of Change

Paperback Published: 1st July 1991
ISBN: 9780500275825
Number Of Pages: 448

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‘The definitive book on 20th-century art and design’ – Creative Review

'Robert Hughes is the best of guides, enthusiastic, astringent … neither smug nor condescending– The Observer

'Teeming with ideas … an enormously enjoyable account of the state of play between art and society' – The Times

Takes the stuffing out of the subject where and when it can' – The Spectator

A tour de force of writing on art

This legendary book has been universally hailed as the best, the most readable and the most provocative account of modern art ever written.

Through each of the thematic chapters Hughes keeps his story grounded in the history of the 20th century, demonstrating how modernism sought to describe the experience of that era and showing how for many key art movements this was a task of vital importance.

The way in which Hughes brings that vitality and immediacy back through the well-chosen example and well-turned phrase is the heart of this book's success.

About the Author

Robert Hughes, art critic of Time magazine and twice winner of the American College Art Association's F. J. Mather Award for distinguished criticism, is author of The Shock of the New, and of Heaven and Hell in Western Art. He is also author of the acclaimed Nothing If Not Critical, a work on Frank Auerbach; Barcelona, and Culture Of Complaint, essays on the fraying of America. Robert Hughes died in August 2012.

Industry Reviews

When it first appeared Robert Hughes's book was hailed as 'probably the best introduction to modern art available to the general reader', and the years that followed have established it as a classic. This edition brings us into the 1990s and confronts art with a powerful challenge for its future. It combines style and wit, anecdote and scholarship to encourage you to look at art with new eyes. (Kirkus UK)

The Mechanical Paradise
The Abiding Violence
The Landscape of Pleasure
Trouble in Utopia
The Threshold of Liberty
The View from the Edge
Culture as Nature
The Future That Was
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ISBN: 9780500275825
ISBN-10: 0500275823
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 448
Published: 1st July 1991
Publisher: Thames & Hudson Ltd
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 27.6 x 20.3  x 3.1
Weight (kg): 1.63
Edition Number: 1
Edition Type: Enlarged

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Robert Hughes

About the Author


Robert Hughes, art critic of Time magazine and twice winner of the American College Art Association's F. J. Mather Award for distinguished criticism, is author of The Shock of the New, and of Heaven and Hell in Western Art, both written before the present work. He is also author of the acclaimed Nothing if Not Critical, "criticism at its most intelligent and impressive, trenchant, lucid, elegantly written" in the words of William Boyd; a work on Frank Auerbach; Barcelona, and Culture of Complaint, essays on the fraying of America, described in the Observer as " the most bracing of critical broadsides against new anti-intellectual tyrannies". Robert Hughes died in August 2012.

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