Robert Hughes Quotes

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Robert Hughes Quotes

Machines were the ideal metaphor for the central pornographic fantasy of the nineteenth century, rape followed by gratitude.
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Confidence is the prize given to the mediocre

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Essentially, perspective is a form of abstraction. It simplifies the relationship between eye, brain and object. It is an ideal view, imagined as being seen by a one-eyed, motionless person who is clearly detached from what he sees. It makes a God of the spectator, who becomes the person on whom the whole world converges, the Unmoved Onlooker.

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Most of the time they buy what other people buy. They move in great schools, like bluefish, all identical. There is safety in numbers. If one wants Schnabel, they all want Schnabel, if one buys a Keith Haring, two hundred Keith Harings will be sold.

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Indeed, the idea that doubt can be heroic, if it is locked into a structure as grand as that of the paintings of Cezanne's old age, is one of the keys to our century. A touchstone of modernity itself.

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That great condenser of moral chaos, The City.

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Barcelona has always been more a city of capital and labor than of nobility and commoners; its democratic roots are old and run very deep. Its medieval charter of citizens' rights, the Usatges, grew from a nucleus which antedated the Magna Carta by more than a hundred years. Its government, the Consell de Cent (Council of One Hundred), had been the oldest protodemocratic political body in Spain.

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Landscape is to American painting what sex and psychoanalysis are to the American novel.

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Transportation made sublimation literal. It conveyed evil to another world.

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A Gustave Courbet portrait of a trout has more death in it than Rubens could get in a whole Crucifixion.

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In America, nostalgia for things is apt to set in before they go.

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Christmas began in the heart of God. It is complete only when it reaches the heart of man.Why wait for a call when you have a command?

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On the whole, money does artists much more good than harm. The idea that one benefits from cold water, crusts and debt collectors is now almost extinct, like belief in the reformatory power of flogging,

— Robert Hughes

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