Longtime Time magazine art critic and historian Robert Hughes, whose The Shock Of The New eight-part documentary exploring modernism from the Impressionists through Warhol was seen by more than 25 million viewers when it aired on the BBC and subsequently on PBS, died today at Calvary Hospital in the Bronx. Hughes was 74 and died after a long illness, the New York Times reported. The bluntly articulate Hughes was popular and well-known enough that in 1978 ABC News tried him out as anchor of its new magazine show 20/20 but reviews of his debut were so bad that he was promptly replaced by Hugh Downs.
R.I.P. Robert Hughes
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