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Robert Hughes
(1938-2012) born on
Jul 28
Australian critic. He is an Art critic for "Time" magazine, 1970-; wrote "Art of Australia," 1966 and "The Fatal Shore," 1987.
Landscape . . . is to American painting what sex and psychoanalysis are to the American novel.

The protein of our cultural imagination.
Most of the untranscribed and unpublished manuscripts in the book popped out of boxes at me when I wasn't looking for them; I picked them up out of the corner of my eye.
The new job of art is to sit on the wall and get more expensive.
One gets tired of the role critics are supposed to have in this culture: It's like being the piano player in a whorehouse; you don't have any control over the action going on upstairs."
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Published Sources for the above Quotations:
F: On midcareer retrospective by Jennifer Bartlett, in "Time," 30 Dec 85
R: On exhibits in newly acquired space at Manhattan's Museum of Modern Art; in "Time," 14 May 84
A: On use of convict records for his book about Australia, "The Fatal Shore," Knopf 86, quoted in "Publishers Weekly," 12 Dec 86
N: In "Webster's Electronic Quotebase," ed. Keith Mohler, 1994.
K: Publishers Weekly," 12 Dec 86

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