List of Famous Art Critics People

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
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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
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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: Area code 443, Baltimore, Area code 667, United States of America, United States, + more
    • 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
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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
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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
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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
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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: DVD Region 4, South America, Brazil, Taubaté, Southeast Region, + more
    • Profession: Publisher, Journalist, Novelist, Art critic, Writer
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    Rainer Maria Rilke
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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, Europe, Czech Republic, Central Europe, Czechoslovakia, + more
    • Profession: Poet, Novelist, Art critic, Writer
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    Sergei Diaghilev
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    Sergei Pavlovich Diaghilev, usually referred to outside of Russia as Serge, was a Russian art critic, patron, ballet impresario and founder of the Ballets Russes, from which many famous dancers and choreographers would arise.more

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    • Age: Died at 57 (1872-1929)
    • Birthplace: Russian Empire
    • Profession: Impresario, Ballet, Art critic
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    John Ruskin
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    John Ruskin was the leading English art critic of the Victorian era, also an art patron, draughtsman, watercolourist, a prominent social thinker and philanthropist. He wrote on subjects ranging from geology to architecture, myth to ornithology, literature to education, and botany to political economy.more

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    • Age: Died at 81 (1819-1900)
    • Birthplace: London, United Kingdom
    • Profession: Poet, Art critic, Author, Critic, Artist
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    Frank Rutter
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    Francis Vane Phipson Rutter was a British art critic, curator and activist. In 1903, he became art critic for The Sunday Times, a position which he held for the rest of his life. He was an early champion in England of modern art, founding the French Impressionist Fund in 1905 to buy work for the ...more

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    • Age: Died at 61 (1876-1937)
    • Birthplace: Putney, London, United Kingdom
    • Profession: Art critic, Curator
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    Robert Studley Forrest Hughes AO was an Australian-born art critic, writer, and producer of television documentaries. His best seller The Fatal Shore is a study of the British penal colonies and early history of Australia. He was described in 1997 by Robert Boynton of The New York Times as "the most ...more

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    • Age: Died at 74 (1938-2012)
    • Birthplace: DVD Region 4, New South Wales, Oceania, Australasia, Sydney, + more
    • Profession: Documentary Filmmaker, Film Producer, Screenwriter, Art critic, Author, + more
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    Renowned contemporary artist, musician, and writer whose works often reflect Philippine ethnic culture as well as broader universal themes.more

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    • Age: age 52
    • Birthplace: Cateel, Philippines
    • Profession: Musician, Art critic, Writer, Artist
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    Ranjit Hoskote is a contemporary Indian poet, art critic, cultural theorist and independent curator.more

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    • Age: age 46
    • Birthplace: Maharashtra, Eurasia, India, Mumbai
    • Profession: Art critic, Curator
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    Tory Dent
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    Tory Dent was an eminent American poet, art critic, and commentator on the AIDS crisis.more

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    • Age: Died at 47 (1958-2005)
    • Birthplace: Wilmington, Delaware, United States of America
    • Profession: Commentator, Poet, Art critic
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    Frank Popper
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    Frank Popper is a historian of art and technology and Professor Emeritus of Aesthetics and the Science of Art at the University of Paris VIII. He has been decorated with the medal of the Légion d'honneur by the French Government. He is author of the books: Origins and Development of Kinetic Art, Art, ...more

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    • Age: age 97
    • Birthplace: Prague, Czech Republic
    • Profession: Art critic, Curator
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    David Hickey has written for many American publications including Rolling Stone, Art News, Art in America, Artforum, Harper's Magazine, and Vanity Fair. He was formerly Professor of English at the University of Nevada Las Vegas and Distinguished Professor of Criticism for the MFA Program in the ...more

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    • Age: age 75
    • Birthplace: Fort Worth, Texas, United States of America
    • Profession: Art critic, Actor, Critic, Teacher
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    John Edwin Canaday was a leading American art critic, author and art historian.more

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    • Age: Died at 78 (1907-1985)
    • Birthplace: Fort Scott, Kansas, United States of America
    • Profession: Historian, Art critic, Author
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    Frank Jewett Mather was an American art critic and professor. He was born at Deep River, Connecticut, and graduated from Williams College in 1889 and from Johns Hopkins in 1892: he studied also at Berlin and at the Ecole des Hautes Etudes, Paris. From 1893 to 1900 he served as instructor and assistant ...more

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    • Age: Died at 85 (1868-1953)
    • Birthplace: Deep River, Connecticut, United States of America
    • Profession: Journalist, Art critic
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    Guillaume Apollinaire
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    Guillaume Apollinaire, born Wilhelm Albert Włodzimierz Apolinary Kostrowicki was a French poet, playwright, short story writer, novelist, and art critic of Polish descent. Apollinaire is considered one of the foremost poets of the early 20th century, as well as one of the most impassioned defenders of ...more

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    • Age: Died at 38 (1880-1918)
    • Birthplace: Rome, Italy
    • Profession: Poet, Art critic, Writer, Playwright
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