The Shock of the New

From mechanical paradises to the future that was, Robert Hughes explores art in the age of modernity. He traces the fascist architecture of Hitler and Mussolini through to post-war corporate America, consistently placing the role and changing face of art in the context of the upheaval and progress of culture and politics in the twentieth century. From the “language of rhetorical cliches” to the “invocation of the marvellous”, Hughes’ odyssey is perhaps the most compelling 8 hours on art and its place in history you could watch.


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