The Shock of the New

Art and the Century of Change


‘The definitive book on 20th-century art and design’ Creative Review


ISBN: 9780500275825 Category:

Robert Hughes


This legendary book has been universally hailed as the best, the most readable and the most provocative account of modern art ever written.

Through each of the thematic chapters Hughes keeps his story grounded in the history of the 20th century, demonstrating how modernism sought to describe the experience of that era and showing how for many key art movements this was a task of vital importance.

The way in which Hughes brings that vitality and immediacy back through the well-chosen example and well-turned phrase is the heart of this book’s success.

Additional information

Weight 1654 g
Dimensions 20.3 x 27.6 cm
Publisher name Thames and Hudson Ltd
Publication date 1 July 1991
Number of pages 448
Format Paperback / softback
Dimensions 20.3 x 27.6 cm
Weight 1654 g


There are no reviews yet.

Be the first to review “The Shock of the New”

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Robert Hughes (1938 - 2012) was an Australian-born art critic, writer, and producer of television documentaries.