While I did not always agree with his aesthetic judgements, the art critic Robert Hughes was always a good read. He was a strongly opinionated writer (his excellent collection of articles is called Nothing if Not Critical) who could turn a good phrase - I particularly relished his comment to the effect that 'while Julian Schnabel couldn't draw, David Salle couldn't even trace'.
Damien Hirst, The Virgin Mother, 2005
He was withering in reference to Damien Hirst's Virgin Mother (left):
Isn’t it a miracle what so much money and so little ability can produce?... When I look at a thing like this, I realise, so much art… has just become a kind of cruddy game for the self-aggrandisement for the rich and ignorant.
"If you want to know all about Andy Warhol, just look at the surface: of my paintings and films and me, and there I am. There's nothing behind it." (Andy Warhol, quoted in McShine, K. (1989) "Andy Warhol: A Retrospective", NY: MoMA, p457)