The Shock of the New Robert Hughes, Author Alfred A. Knopf $49.95 (444p) ISBN 978-0-679-72876-4. Great, apart from his assertion that the last true work of political art was Picasso's Guernica. In college, some friends (show attended the school across the street from the one I attended) used this book in their art history class. It's not a task achieved by groups or by movements. The phonograph was “the most radical extension of cultural memory since the photograph”. The author effectively follows the sinuous path of modern art, including its impact on thinking in the arts and society. You'll be smarter and happier strolling the museums, and you'll also be more cynical. Find books like The Shock of the New from the world’s largest community of readers. After viewing product detail pages, look here to find an easy way to navigate back to pages you are interested in. I didn't know much about modern art before reading it and am not sure I learned what I wanted to learn: I suppose I was looking for a more singular / less disjointed narrative, and one that spent less time on the obvious. I “must have” book for anyone interested in the visual arts. Robert Hughes' history of modern art from its inception to the modern day (well, of 1980). There was an error retrieving your Wish Lists. [It was the title of a television series tracing the history of modern art, developed for PBS in 1980 by Robert Hughes and others. Also, there are some beautiful pictures, printed on glossy thick paper that is a pleasure to feel turning the pages. I could not find anything to explain Modern art. I don't know how I got around to reading her book that she needed for class. It also analyzes reviews to verify trustworthiness. The "chapters bristle with apt insights. Find many great new & used options and get the best deals for The Shock of the New by Robert Hughes (1981, Hardcover) at the best online prices at eBay! Hughes possesses all the essential traits of a brilliant art critic: he's not a snob, he's perceptive about the difference between shyte and wank, he's enthusiastic about playfulness and populism, and he's willing to admit he's wrong (in this book, it's Philip Guston). Among the group were Germaine Greer and Clive James. To calculate the overall star rating and percentage breakdown by star, we don’t use a simple average. The Shock of the New: The Hundred-Year History of Modern Art: Its Rise, Its Dazzling Achievement, It's Fall by Hughes, Robert and a great selection of related books, art … Posted by Baceseras on November 26, 2010 at 15:55. The easiest way to deal with the book would be … I found the second chapter of this book on Internet and I ordered all the books written by Robert Hugues. Instead, our system considers things like how recent a review is and if the reviewer bought the item on Amazon. I remember having dinner out with them while they studied from this book and I was happy to help them. I think watching or reading any of Hughes' work, is like a conversation with a your really smart and excentric uncle. Please try your request again later. Gratia artis: anyone who was commissioned to write an eight hour TV series about the evolution of modernism with accompanying book and refers to artists suckled by “television...the nipple of electronic kitsch” wins the Mercury Prize for biting the hand that, hands down. To see what your friends thought of this book, Again today I was lost in admiration of this history-with-attitude of 20th century art. However, not all of the art that is discussed (for entire pages) is pictured. I could not find anything to explain Modern art. The shock of the new. Please try again. Great text about the history of modern art, from the influence of the impressionists forward. T wenty-five years is a mere eyeblink in the story of Egyptian, Mayan or even medieval English art, but it is a long time in the modern or (weasel word) post … Rich with prose that makes it a joy to read (even if you think you hate modern art), Hughes gives an amazing primer to the … The Shock of the New. Nothing that wasn't complete unreadable, unwatchable or incomprehensible. April 1st 2004 OTHER BOOKS ... Buy this book … This is the starting point and it will lead you so many wonderful places. A brilliant book to finish off my challenge for this year, Hughes has a way of explaining complex cultural issues that just sticks with me and makes so much sense. The art jargon also gets a bit tedious at times (most of the time.). “The basic project of art is always to make the world whole and comprehensible, to restore it to us in all its glory and its occasional nastiness, not through argument but through feeling, and then to close the gap between you and everything that is not you, and in this way pass from feeling to meaning. The Shock Doctrine is a highly polemical book which, like all polemical books, will energize those already inclined to agree with her and will be quite easy for opponents to dismiss as exaggerated or histrionic. I'm going to quote a long section from the end of Chapter Two now because it's so beautiful: Hughes' opinionated and politically charged biography of modern art and its dialogue with a culture in turmoil is always on the side of the radical against the status quo. More than 250 color photos. We are made by history.” So, this January, as we celebrate Martin Luther King... A beautifully illustrated hundred-year history of modern art, from cubism to pop and avant-garde. Bought used, it's a 2016 edition, like new, thanks worldofbooksusa! Robert Studley Forrest Hughes, AO was an Australian art critic, writer and television documentary maker who has resided in New York since 1970. Hughes possesses all the essential traits of a brilliant art critic: he's not a snob, he's perceptive about the difference between shyte and wank, he's enthusiastic about playfulness and populism, and he's willing to admit he's wrong (in this book, it's Philip Guston). But for someone who never took an Art History in class, this is a wonderful framing book. I read about 30 pages in the book store and couldn't put it down. A definitive eight part series on the rise and fall of the modern art movement presented by critic Robert Hughes. This book is a very interesting read. Very academic, if your into that sort of thing. 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