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Spectacle of Skill : Selected Writings of Robert Hughes (Hardcover)
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A selection of the best writing by the most important--and thunderously outspoken--art and culture critic of our time, including approximately 125 never-before-seen pages from the unfinished second volume of his memoir, which he was working on at the time of his death in 2012. With an introduction by Adam Gopnik.Robert Hughes wrote with brutal honesty about art, architecture, culture, religion, and himself. He translated his passions onto the page brilliantly, convincingly, and with vitality and immediacy, always holding himself to the same rigorous standards of skill, authenticity, and significance as he did his subjects. There never was, and never will be again, a voice like his. In this volume, his voice rings clear through a gathering of some of his most unforgettable writings, culled from nine of his most widely read and important books: The Shock of the New, Fatal Shore, Nothing if Not Critical, Barcelona, American Visions, A Jerk on One End, Goya, Things I Didn't Know, andRome. Spanning thirty years, this selection shows his enormous range, and gives us a uniquely cohesive view of both the critic and the man. Most revealing will be the approximately 125 pages of new material from the unfinished second volume of his memoirs.