Here's the Guardian obituary
Influential Australian art critic and writer Robert Hughes has died in New York after a long illness. He was 74.
Mr. Hughes made major contributions to the world of art and the telling of Australian history.
In 1980, he presented the landmark BBC TV series THE SHOCK OF THE NEW - an insight into the development of art since the Impressionists.
The New York Times newspaper once described him as the most famous art critic in the world.
On that is very sad news indeed
Very informative he'll be missed.
R I P Sir
The Shock of the New remains a benchmark.
I remember watching The Shock of the New when it was first broadcast. Brilliant - so different from the general run of Arts documentaries at the time, which were usually
presented by elderly aristocratic gentlemen.
As I recall, Hughes was not an uncritical fan of all trends in modern art - some of his comments would not have been out of place in Private Eye's 'Pseuds Corner'.
He was also an arts presenter on the UK show "This Week" in the 1960s.
Shock of the New was very good, didn't mince his words on some modern art.
A cartoon by David Rowe.