The Shock of the New A beautifully illustrated hundred year history of modern art from cubism to pop and avant garde More than color photos

  • Title: The Shock of the New
  • Author: Robert Hughes
  • ISBN: 9780500275825
  • Page: 268
  • Format: Paperback
  • A beautifully illustrated hundred year history of modern art, from cubism to pop and avant garde More than 250 color photos.

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    About “Robert Hughes

    1. Robert Hughes says:

      Robert Studley Forrest Hughes, AO was an Australian art critic, writer and television documentary maker who has resided in New York since 1970 He was educated at St Ignatius College, Riverview before going on to study arts and then architecture at the University of Sydney At university, Hughes associated with the Sydney Push a group of artists, writers, intellectuals and drinkers Among the group were Germaine Greer and Clive James Hughes, an aspiring artist and poet, abandoned his university endeavours to become first a cartoonist and then an art critic for the Sydney periodical The Observer, edited by Donald Horne Around this time he wrote a history of Australian painting, titled The Art of Australia, which is still considered to be an important work It was published in 1966 Hughes was also briefly involved in the original Sydney version of Oz magazine, and wrote art criticism for The Nation and The Sunday Mirror.Hughes left Australia for Europe in 1964, living for a time in Italy before settling in London, England 1965 where he wrote for The Spectator, The Daily Telegraph, The Times and The Observer, among others, and contributed to the London version of Oz In 1970 he obtained the position of art critic for TIME magazine and he moved to New York He quickly established himself in the United States as an influential art critic.In 1975, he and Don Brady provided the narration for the film Protected, a documentary showing what life was like for Indigenous Australians on Palm Island In 1980, the BBC broadcast The Shock of the New, Hughes s television series on the development of modern art since the Impressionists It was accompanied by a book of the same name its combination of insight, wit and accessibility are still widely praised In 1987, The Fatal Shore, Hughes s study of the British penal colonies and early European settlement of Australia, became an international best seller.Hughes provided commentary on the work of artist Robert Crumb in parts of the 1994 film Crumb, calling Crumb the American Breughel His 1997 television series American Visions reviewed the history of American art since the Revolution He was again dismissive of much recent art this time, sculptor Jeff Koons was subjected to criticism Australia Beyond the Fatal Shore 2000 was a series musing on modern Australia and Hughes s relationship with it Hughes s 2002 documentary on the painter Francisco Goya, Goya Crazy Like a Genius, was broadcast on the first night of the BBC s domestic digital service Hughes created a one hour update to The Shock of the New Titled The New Shock of the New, the program aired first in 2004 Hughes published the first volume of his memoirs, Things I Didn t Know, in 2006.



    2 thoughts on “The Shock of the New

    1. Again today I was lost in admiration of this history-with-attitude of 20th century art. I think it’s the best single art book I’ve read. It’s stuffed full of ideas and sentences that refresh like a splash of seaspray. Viewing Paris from the Eiffel Tower in 1889 was “one of the pivots in human consciousness”. The phonograph was “the most radical extension of cultural memory since the photograph”. Cezanne “takes you backstage”. In cubist paintings the world was “a twitching ski [...]

    2. My favorite story about modern art comes from my friend. I’ll let her tell it:So I was in the Museum of Modern Art one day, you know, walking around and stuff. I walked in one room and I saw this thing on the wall, and it looked really weird. So I bent down and started to look at it. There was this other visitor, who started looking at it too. Then all of the sudden the wall opened and a man walked out. Me and the other visitor looked at each other and laughed. It was a doorknob. I love this s [...]

    3. The first few episodes of this – I watched this, by the way, but will need to get hold of the book now – are nearly entirely a rip off of Walter Benjamin’s work, particularly his Art in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction. The modern has been so dominated by machines and the question of how machines relate to humans is an open question that continues to haunt our nightmares. The Matrix movies are a particularly interesting example of this. But the history of this nightmare is much older tha [...]

    4. I bought this book after a trip to the Museum of Modern Art in New York. I left the museum confused and annoyed by Modern art. I could not find anything to explain Modern art. Nothing that wasn't complete unreadable, unwatchable or incomprehensible. Then I picked up this book. I read about 30 pages in the book store and couldn't put it down. Robert Hughes' prose flows, clear and crisp. I like that he could explain an artist's work in a way that lets you know he doesn't like it, but is open to yo [...]

    5. Most of the other reviews say it all - this weighty and expensive book was the main text of my college class on Modern Art but but boy was it worth it. Hughes is such a succinct, perceptive historian and critic - he takes complicated topics and doesn't simply examine then, but unpacks and illuminates. Probably best seen in conjunction with the original BBC series, you will almost certainly learn something you didn't know, find something you weren't aware you loved, finally be able to put your fi [...]

    6. 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. He does though have a tendency to use phrases and turns of phrase in French or Italian or Latin and just expect readers to know them, I had to use Google Translate, and they still often made absolutely no sense at all. Oh, and it's quite obvious when he doesn't personally like an artist, as his analysis tends towards the "I suppose th [...]

    7. 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. He is harshly critical of the academy and establishment, and of regressive regimes, movements and critiques. He hates oppression, elitism, and frivolous self-indulgence, which is his general opinion of postmodernism.The Shock of the New was a hugely important part of my education, helping me to become conversant in the movemen [...]

    8. 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). The fact that his career was centered upon TIME Magazine is a testament to his sense of populist principle, and evidence that there really are no other brilliant art critics out there. (I had my hopes for Dave Hickey way back when [...]

    9. Great text about the history of modern art, from the influence of the impressionists forward. It is fun to read, and does a good job of correlating the history of a given time to the ideology of a movement in art. If you think you don't like modern art, read this book!

    10. This was an epic read for me. I saw Hughes give an interview on Charlie Rose and kept his book in mind until I ran across it at my favorite book store in LA.I've read a few art history books before, and this one stands out. Artists and movements flush together as Hughes never takes a break. What this torrent of information provides is an incredible sense of interconnectedness across art, as well as a clever narrative ploy to always keep me engaged. Few artists are treated with more than a page o [...]

    11. Robert Hughes does an excellent job at connecting several political movements, wars, and philosophical theories to several modern art movements. The book flows naturally through the major art movements of the the 20th century. Hughes ultimately attributes all modern art to the construction of the Eiffel Tower. A must read for modern art enthusiasts.

    12. I was introduced to this book by my Art History professor. For anyone who has ever looked at modern art and said 'I don't get it', this book is for you. Hughes explains the cultural, political and societal factors that caused the modern art movement and why it matters.

    13. This book was okay. 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. (The relationship between early modern art and machinery, or the manifestos of various movements, are not as interesting to me as, say, the artists themselves and why their ideas were influential - while others were not.)Hughes makes the case that art and th [...]

    14. A wonderful, and relatively brief history of European and American Modernism. As Hughes admits in the Introduction, the scope of his narrative is limited. Originally conceived of as a BBC documentary, he mostly sticks to names you know. However, he brings an attention and a reverence to each that creates a vivid impression of these artists' individual and collective contributions to the movement. Rather than monolithic, this history and its figures are very consciously human in scale.Where in hi [...]

    15. the best introduction to modern art i know of. down-to-earth, witty and opinionated writing that manages to survey the main currents of modernism without the dumbing-down that surveys often resort to.

    16. This book was my textbook for an art history course and I loved loved loved both the text and the course. This book is almost as exhausTING as it is exhausTIVE, but worth it if you're at all interested in "modern art".

    17. Wonderfully opinionated! Even if you can't always agree with Hughes, his writing pulses with energy and the ability to make you see the world differently.

    18. Hughes is a great writer! He makes art history enjoyable and undestandableI highly recommend this book to anyone interested in modern art movements and their origins.

    19. If you can pair this with the DVD of the 1980s PBS show, do it. You will soon be hearing Hughes' voice with every cranky insight.

    20. Very academic, if your into that sort of thing. There is so much great information about art in this book and I thoroughly enjoyed learning more about the iconic pieces described. Also, there are some beautiful pictures, printed on glossy thick paper that is a pleasure to feel turning the pages. However, not all of the art that is discussed (for entire pages) is pictured. About half of it requires a Google to see the image. The art jargon also gets a bit tedious at times (most of the time.)

    21. Robert Hughes' history of modern art from its inception to the modern day (well, of 1980). Hughes is articulate, historically minded, analytic, and humorous. I'd consider it essential reading for anyone wanting an introduction to the form. I wish it had more color plates, although it's already a massive tome and to show prints of every work discussed would make it unweildable.

    22. Extreme focus on Western Art. But for someone who never took an Art History in class, this is a wonderful framing book. It also introduced me to my favorite painting that I never knew about, until I read this book.

    23. great reference book for western modern art, a pity it is not talking much about the Japanese, Chinese or in general world art scene

    24. I have been reading this book slowly over two months, like a sloth mulching on leaves, and alternating each chapter with the corresponding episode in the TV series. Sometimes I was so tuckered out after the double dose that I didn't want to have anything to do with art or politics or science for sometime. "No, the Large Hadron Collider does not look like a kaleidoscope, and I really don't care about supersymmetry or what we are made of. Leave me alone! I just want to go under a cold shower".The [...]

    25. A thoroughly engaging overview of SOME aspects of modern art. Hughes is erudite, opinionated and a bit crotchety, qualities that made him an excellent critic and observer. He also makes the wise choice of organizing each chapter around a thematic rather than chronological concern, showing linkages and influences between groups of artists that would get easily ignored in a more strictly linear narrative. Most importantly though, he finds ways of making the most cliched of modern works/styles enga [...]

    26. I’m reading and re-reading –I go so slowly forward, but I do not mind because each time I look over the words and pictures the delight of spending time with this book grows incommensurably. I am captivated by Hughes' writing style that contours astounding art imagery interspersed in time through various dimensions of our life: technology, political landscape, nature, music. This is one of the books that I must keep on the shelf labeled 'deeply loved'! “As the most visible sign of the Futur [...]

    27. This is a fun primer on modern art from roughly 1880 through 1980. That said, it's a fairly introductory survey, taking generally no more than a few paragraphs to linger on any individual artist (though several are revisited from chapter to chapter). I enjoyed that the chapters treated thematically arranged subjects, rather than simply running through a chronological discussion of major works and movements from the last 100 years. Several points of interest for me included his look at German dad [...]

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