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Miraculously, Hughes's prose is as physical as Auerbach's painting, taking us into the studio of this famously camera-shy and reclusive artist, and getting us about as close to the action as seems humanly possible; there are times when you feel that the floating part of yourself that reads has been placed between charcoal and paper or brush and canvas as Auerbach struggles to produce the next image. And what images! The reproductions here are among the best I've ever seen, so it's a double-mirac ...more
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 ...moreMore about Robert Hughes