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List of Famous Art Critics

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List of famous art critics, with photos, bios, and other information when available. Who are the top art critics in the world? This includes the most prominent art critics, living and dead, both in America and abroad. This list of notable art critics is ordered by their level of prominence, and can be sorted for various bits of information, such as where these historic art critics were born and what their nationality is. The people on this list are from different countries, but what they all have in common is that they're all renowned art critics.

List includes Frank O'Hara, Charles Baudelaire, more.

From reputable, prominent, and well known art critics to the lesser known art critics of today, these are some of the best professionals in the art critic field. If you want to answer the questions, "Who are the most famous art critics ever?" and "What are the names of famous art critics?" then you're in the right place. (271 items)
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    John Updike is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list List of Famous Art Critics
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    John Hoyer Updike was an American novelist, poet, short story writer, art critic, and literary critic. Updike's most famous work is his "Rabbit" series, which chronicles the life of the middle-class everyman Harry "Rabbit" Angstrom over the course of several decades, from young adulthood to death. Both ...more

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    • Age: Died at 77 (1932-2009)
    • Birthplace: Reading, Pennsylvania, United States of America
    • Profession: Poet, Literary critic, Novelist, Art critic, Author, + more
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    Frank O'Hara is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list List of Famous Art Critics
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    Francis Russell "Frank" O'Hara was an American writer, poet and art critic. Because of his employment as a curator at the Museum of Modern Art, O'Hara became prominent in New York City's art world. O'Hara is regarded as a leading figure in the New York School—an informal group of artists, writers and ...more

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    • Age: Died at 40 (1926-1966)
    • Birthplace: Baltimore, Maryland, United States of America
    • Profession: Poet, Art critic, Curator, Writer, Playwright
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    Gotthold Ephraim Lessing was a German writer, philosopher, dramatist, publicist and art critic, and one of the most outstanding representatives of the Enlightenment era. His plays and theoretical writings substantially influenced the development of German literature. He is widely considered by theatre ...more

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    • Age: Died at 52 (1729-1781)
    • Birthplace: Kamenz, Germany
    • Profession: Librarian, Dramaturge, Art critic, Writer, Publicist, + more
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    Charles Baudelaire is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list List of Famous Art Critics
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    Charles Pierre Baudelaire was a French poet who also produced notable work as an essayist, art critic, and pioneering translator of Edgar Allan Poe. His most famous work, Les Fleurs du mal, expresses the changing nature of beauty in modern, industrializing Paris during the 19th century. Baudelaire's ...more

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    • Age: Died at 46 (1821-1867)
    • Birthplace: Paris, France
    • Profession: Poet, Art critic, Essayist, Translator, Writer
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    Arthur Danto is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list List of Famous Art Critics
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    Arthur Coleman Danto was an American art critic and philosopher. He is best known for having been influential, long-time art critic for The Nation and for his work in philosophical aesthetics and philosophy of history, though he contributed significantly to a number of fields, including the philosophy ...more

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    • Age: Died at 89 (1924-2013)
    • Birthplace: Ann Arbor, Michigan, United States of America
    • Profession: Professor, Art critic, Philosopher
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    Denis Diderot is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list List of Famous Art Critics
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    Denis Diderot was a French philosopher, art critic and writer. He was a prominent figure during the Enlightenment and is best known for serving as co-founder, chief editor and contributor to the Encyclopédie along with Jean le Rond d'Alembert. Diderot also contributed to literature, notably with Jacques ...more

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    • Age: Died at 71 (1713-1784)
    • Birthplace: Langres, France
    • Profession: Art critic, Writer, Philosopher, Playwright
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    Monteiro Lobato is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list List of Famous Art Critics
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    Monteiro Lobato is a novelist, writer, journalist, and publisher. more

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    • Age: Died at 66 (1882-1948)
    • Birthplace: Taubaté, Brazil
    • Profession: Publisher, Journalist, Novelist, Art critic, Writer
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    Rainer Maria Rilke is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list List of Famous Art Critics
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    René Karl Wilhelm Johann Josef Maria Rilke —better known as Rainer Maria Rilke —was a Bohemian-Austrian poet and novelist, "widely recognized as one of the most lyrically intense German-language poets", writing in both verse and highly lyrical prose. Several critics have described Rilke's work as ...more

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    • Age: Died at 51 (1875-1926)
    • Birthplace: Prague, Czech Republic
    • Profession: Poet, Novelist, Art critic, Writer
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