Obituaries

Robert Hughes, Renowned Art Critic and Author, Dies at 74

He worked for Time magazine for more than three decades but was best known for his best-selling book "The Fatal Shore," about Australia.
Robert Hughes, Renowned Art Critic and Author, Dies at 74
Robert Hughes, Renowned Art Critic and Author, Dies at 74

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.

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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.