Robert Hughes - Critic vs Collector
Critic vs Collector
Art Critic and art lover Robert Hughes takes aim at the empty and absurd. His eloquent ire focused on a certain kind of collector who amasses art in a manner that runs counter to developing connoisseurship. "Isn't it a miracle what so much money and so little ability can produce?" he muses. Hughes died in August 2012, a year that also took other brilliant, sharped-tongued writers and thinkers. (Nora Ephron, Gore Vidal and Christopher Hitchens in December 2011) Hughes' prose, according to a colleague, "was lithe, muscular and fast as a bunch of fives. He was incapable of writing the jargon of the art world, and consequently was treated by its mandarins with fear and loathing." Watch him at work, civilized but unflinching. At the end, the best the collector, clearly exhausted by the interview, can say is: "He's a tough cookie." QED.