On April 13, 1870, the New York City Metropolitan Museum of Art is founded. It becomes one of the integral centers of America’s relationship with art. The greater history of art in America is the focal point of American Visions: The Epic History of Art in America by Robert Hughes. Hughes does not present a complimentary survey of his subject, however. A review from Publishers Weekly describes it as “…no bland, dumbed-down survey intended to flatter its subject or its audience. Hughes writes with an aesthete’s disdain for political posturing, a traditionalist’s belief in the importance of technical skills (painters are frequently taken to task for their shoddy draftsmanship) and a pragmatist’s contempt for mystagogical bunk.” (https://www.publishersweekly.com/978-0-679-42627-1)

Book Title: American Visions: The Epic History of Art in America

Book Author: Robert Hughes

ISBN Number: 0679426272

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