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'The definitive book on 20th-century art and design' Creative Review

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Robert Hughes (1938 - 2012) was an Australian-born art critic, writer, and producer of television documentaries.


The author of The Fatal Shore and Time magazine's art critic here presents a greatly expanded version of a PBS television series on modern art, and includes some 270 color illustrations. Although he frequently deals in generalities, ``choice anecdotes, telling characterizations, witty observations flow from his pen,'' lauded PW . The ``chapters bristle with apt insights.'' (Aug.)

'Robert Hughes is the best of guides, enthusiastic, astringent ... neither smug nor condescending' - 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 genuine landmark, presenting the story of 20th-century art with unparalleled immediacy' - Elle Decoration

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