Daily Archives: August 8, 2012
I remember him most for The Shock of the New, his evaluation of 20th century art, and The Fatal Shore, his history of the settling of his native Australia.
Hughes attended Sydney University, an architecture major, where he was academically undistinguished. In his words:
“I actually succeeded in failing first year arts, which any moderately intelligent amoeba could have passed.”
Hughes traveled around the great art capitals of the world, landed in London and wrote art criticism for the Sunday Times. He wrote a book called Heaven and Hell in Western Art (1969) that bombed. However, a Time magazine executive read it, and promptly hired Hughes as art critic. In 1970 he moved to Manhattan and wrote for Time for the rest of the century.
- Art critic, historian Robert Hughes dies at 74 (cbsnews.com)
- Australian critic Robert Hughes dead (abc.net.au)
- Robert Hughes, Eloquent Australian Art Critic and Historian Who Pulled No Punches, Dies at 74 (galleristny.com)
- Renowned Art Critic Robert Hughes Dead In NY At 74 (huffingtonpost.com)
- Robert Hughes dies in New York (news.smh.com.au)
- Farewell Robert Hughes – critic, raconteur, fisherman, shooter, historian, memoirist (theage.com.au)
- Critic Robert Hughes dies aged 74 (bbc.co.uk)
- Noted art critic dies in New York (bigpondnews.com)
Bob said this on CBS last Sunday:
Congress managed to get through last year without passing one single piece of significant legislation. It would be hard to do worse than that, but this crowd may actually manage to do it.
And there’s also a couple of fairly important items that have to be resolved one of these days: whether to let the Bush tax cuts expire at the end of the year, and whether or not to block a draconian $110 billion across-the-board cut in defense and domestic spending.
No word on what if anything they plan to do about those items. Truth is, no one expects them to do anything until after the election. The way it stands right now, if the U.S. Capitol caught on fire, this Congress could find a way to make it a partisan issue and do everything but call the fire department.
They went on vacation? I expect we’re paying for these yoyos to spin out at the end of the string.
Look at it this way:
- Bob Schieffer: Do-nothing Congress takes a break (cbsnews.com)
- Fiscal Cliff: What Really Happens If We Go Over It (dailyfinance.com)
- Rep. Jim Himes: Act now on Simpson-Bowles (darientimes.com)
- Headache awaits Obama post election (whitehouse.blogs.cnn.com)
- Congress, With Much Left to Do, Takes 5 Weeks Off (usnews.com)
- Budget office: Obama’s health law reduces deficit (kansas.com)
- Budget office: Obama health law reduces deficit (tbo.com)
- W.H.: ’12 deficit is $116 billion less than expected (politico.com)