A favorite excerpt

Posted in Rants and Raves on December 20, 2011 – 11:36 pm
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This is a favorite excerpt from Robert Hughes’ most excellent “American Visions: The Epic History of Art in America”.

“The Taos of 1920 was not the Taos we have today. It had not yet become a high-sierra New Age theme park full of channelers, holistic healers, and matched blond lesbians in Jeep Cherokees.”

Not only does Hughes claim Edward Hopper as the greatest American artist, but he’s pretty spot on for his overview of modern Taos (and Sedona even more for that matter). His views of Mabel Dodge “…a mystagogue and an egotist, a sexual imperialist and much of the time an intolerable bitch…” are quite unflattering. BTW…Hughes should know a bit about being an egotist.  Nonetheless, he has written my favorite treatise on American art.

 


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