In Memoriam: Robert Hughes

August 8th, 2012

THIRTEEN looks back on the life of art critic and historian Robert Hughes, who passed away on Monday night at the age of 72. Born and raised in Australia, Hughes went on to live in Italy and then London before settling in New York and establishing himself as an influential art critic at TIME magazine. His 1980 documentary The Shock of the New was the first to air on PBS, followed by American Visions in 1997 and Australia: Beyond the Fatal Shore in 2000.

Read a Q&A with Hughes from Australia: Beyond the Fatal Shore.

PBS NewsHour remembers Hughes and fellow critic Judith Crist, who died yesterday at the age of 90 and is perhaps best known for championing of a new generation of American and international directors and actors in the 1960s: