Nothing If Not Critical: Selected Essays on Art and Artists by Robert Hughes

By Robert Hughes

The main debatable paintings critic in America--author of the bestselling The deadly Shore and The surprise of the New--looks with love and loathing, wit and authority, at paintings and artists from the earlier to the current. Hughes inspires and defines the essences, works and worlds of a variety of artists.

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He describes the Baroque in general, and tragic drama in particular, as a cultural and stylistic phenomenon that is characterized by the traces of difference that run counter to their integration into the history of individuation and secularization. Formally, the tragic drama is defined by the motif of endless repetition devoid of all progress, presenting itself as a form that rejects its own completion. Benjamin understands tragic drama as a kind of distorted image of classical tragedy, a revision of classicism, bereft of autonomous and sovereign subjects and heroes.

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