Robert Hughes

This short file was written by Max Darby in 2010. It will be further developed.



These 3 individual but related comments were made by Robert Hughes on the television program The Curse of Mona Lisa. The program presented his views on the Commercialization of the Art Industry.


A wonderful research or discussion topic for senior students could be developed from the ideas he expressed. Some senior Australian Art courses require students to consider the Art Industry while others, such as International Baccalaureate, have a compulsory subject titled Extended Essay. The topic would be suitable for either.



“Apart from drugs, Art is the biggest unregulated business in the world.”


“With the advent of Art Auction Houses, the focus of Art shifted from aesthetics to money”.


“The importance of Art as Commodity replaced the importance of Art as Art.”

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14 Responses to “Robert Hughes”

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  12. Immo says:

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  13. max says:

    Yes, it was a great workshop and we had fun.
    I remember that wonderful outdoor place we all ate in China Town. You, me, Shilpa from Mumbai and Alex from Fiji I think?
    And, what about Raffles???? All those peanut shells on the floor! I got there with Jacqui Buckley from New Zealand after most left, did you get there? Also went with Jacs to the famous Night amazing night.
    And, I keep in regular conact with Zeba Kahn, Shilpa and Kakoli Sen from Mumbai and hope to catch up again in India later this year.
    See you at the next IB Workshop – I think it’s in Hong Kong… if I get invited to lead it! Send me your email address.
    Cheers Max

  14. Melissa says:

    These could be used with my IB DP students as you say. See you in Singapore again if you do another IB workshop there? Did you get to Raffles as you wanted? It’s always good to get away!

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