Art critic Robert Hughes dies at 74

Created popular docu series 'The Shock of the New'

Renowned Australian art critic and historian Robert Hughes, whose documentary series “The Shock of the New” was viewed by more than 25 million people in the U.K. and U.S., died Monday in New York after a long illness. He was 74.

Eight-part series “The Shock of the New,” on the rise and fall of the modern art movement, beginning with the Impressionists, aired on the BBC in 1980 and on PBS the following year. Hughes created a one-hour update to the series, “The New Shock of the New” in 2004.

Hughes was the chief art critic for Time magazine for many years and was also known for “The Fatal Shore,” his bestselling epic book about Australia.

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