Robert Hughes Quotes and Comments
Art Quotes by art critic Robert Hughes.
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The auction room, as anyone knows, is an excellent
medium for sustaining fictional price levels, because
the public imagines that auction prices are necessarily
+ Drawing brings us into a different, a deeper and
more fully experienced relation to the object.
+ 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.
+ Drawing never dies, it holds on by the skin of
its teeth, because the hunger it satisfies.. the
desire for an active, investigative, manually vivid
relation with the things we see and yearn to know
about.. is apparently immortal.
+ Art prices are determined by the meeting of real
or induced scarcity with pure, irrational desire,
and nothing is more manipulable than desire.
+ The idea that money, patronage and trade automatically
corrupts the wells of imagination is a pious fiction,
believed by some utopian lefties and a few people
of genius such as (William) Blake but flatly contradicted
by history itself.
+ With its hacked contours, staring interrogatory
eyes, and general feeling of instability, Les
Demoiselles is still a disturbing painting
after three quarters of a century, a refutationof
the idea that the surprise of art, like the surprise
of fasion, must necessarily wear off. No painting
ever looked more convulsive.
+ The museum has very largely supplanted the church
as the emblematic focus of the American city.
+ 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
+ A fair price is the highest one a collector can
be induced to pay.