The basic project of art is always to make the world whole and comprehensible, to restore it to us in all its glory and its occasional nastiness, not through argument but through feeling, and then to close the gap between you and everything that is not you, and in this way pass from feeling to meaning. It’s not something that committees can do. It’s not a task achieved by groups or by movements. It’s done by individuals, each person mediating in some way between a sense of history and an experience of the world.
― Robert Hughes, The Shock of the New
“Robert Hughes has been called the ‘most popular art critic in the country,’ and to have given Time magazine its ‘only consistently good writing’ in recent years (Seattle Post-Intelligencer, 4/5/93)…Hughes is probably best known for his strong stance against what he called the ‘commodification and hyping the market’ of the art world in 1980s…The artworks Hughes admires the most are those than embody a sense of fiction, mystery and history. Specifically, Hughes looks for artists who are unafraid to become deeply personal and even autobiographical with their canvases, to bring something intimate to the work. ” (Source: The Art Story – http://www.theartstory.org/critic-hughes-robert.htm