A Letter From The Publisher, Nov. 1, 1971

AN art critic is by definition narcissistic," says Robert Hughes, author of this week's story celebrating the career of Pablo Picasso. "His job is to argue his likes and dislikes in public, then hope that someone takes it all seriously." Hughes has not let such seemly modesty stint his output on three continents. An Australian, he began writing art criticism for a Sydney fortnightly 13 years ago; he was 20 at the time. Four years later, he wrote The Art of Australia. By the time he started contributing to our Art section last year, Hughes had published a second book, Heaven...

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