Things I Didn't Know
It would be an odd autobiography that wasn't self-obsessed but somehow Hughes manages to make it more obviously so than most and to take a clearly interesting family history and turn it into a turgid, whining, bitter drone.
Noted art critic Robert Hughes has lived a writer's life, and here he relives his dramatic career. Although he relates key events__his car crash, his two unhappy marriages (and a third good one), and his son's suicide__Hughes focuses, instead, on the fascinating informal education that made him "completely an elitist, in the cultural but emphatically not the social sense." Despite his description of himself, a few critics caught a whiff of elitism in Hughes's jabs at other artists and pop cultur...more
He ends the book in the late sixties, and it is too bad he didn't get around to writing the next volume. I found the Fatal Shore hard going but this moves along; I did have to skip some overwritten parts.
There is lot of interesting information in this book about the early life of Robert Hughes before he became an acclaimed, internationally respected Art critic. His family, schooldays and his early working life before he became established are portrayed in a readable form.
Hughes doesn't hold back on the trials associated with his personal life with his first wife and writes a superb story about his visit to Florence after the disastrous flooding in 1966,on behalf of the BBC. The assistance given ...more
Tales of his life are interspersed with commentary on art which really just seems to be Hughes sticking to what he knows to meet a word count. Otherwise the writing is excellent and it's mostly an easy read.
I picked up a copy for about $6 (delivered!) on book depository and f ...more
I was interested in his stories about his Catholic upbringing, including adventures with Confession and Communion. The story of his recovery from a near-fatal car crash is also very revealing.
A book that shows the value of life, and the value of exploring and celebrating his life.