Hughes brought insight to his passion
Coming to a love of art in Australia in the 1990s, as I did, one felt Robert Hughes’s powerful example looming over everything. The internationally renowned art critic, who died last week, had left Australian shores decades earlier. But his connection with his country of birth remained strong. He returned regularly, throwing himself into the fray with generous good cheer whenever he did. And even in his absence, his influence was ubiquitous.