Renowned Australian art critic and historian Robert Hughes has died after a long illness. He was 74.
His publisher, Random House, says he died Monday in New York, where he had lived for many years.
Hughes was best known for his best-selling epic book about Australia called The Fatal Shore, published in 1987. He wrote for Time magazine as art critic for more than three decades.
His eight-part documentary about art history, The Shock of the New, aired on BBC television and was seen by more than 25 million viewers. He later wrote a book based off the film that was well-received by critics.
Other books included the 2006 memoir Things I Didn't Know and last year's Rome, a personal history of the Italian city.