Famous Art Critics from the United States

List of notable or famous art critics from the United States, with bios and photos, including the top art critics born in the United States and even some popular art critics who immigrated to the United States. If you're trying to find out the names of famous American art critics then this list is the perfect resource for you. These art critics are among the most prominent in their field, and information about each well-known art critic from the United States is included when available.

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  • Andrew Berardini (born 1982) is an American writer known for his work as a visual art critic and curator in Los Angeles. Described as "the most elegant of all art critic cowboys", Berardini works primarily between genres, which he describes as "quasi-essayistic prose poems on art and other vaguely lusty subjects."He has published articles and essays in publications such as frieze, Mousse, Fillip, Artforum, ArtReview, Art-Agenda, Paper Monument, Art in America, Public Fiction, Rolling Stone (Italy), Die Welt and the LA Weekly. A graduate with an MFA in Writing from the School of Critical Studies at California Institute of the Arts, Berardini has lectured on Art History and Cultural ...more
    • Age: 40
    • Birthplace: Huntington Beach, California
  • Arthur Coleman Danto (January 1, 1924 – October 25, 2013) was an American art critic and philosopher. He is best known for having been an 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 of action. His interests included thought, feeling, philosophy of art, theories of representation, philosophical psychology, Hegel's aesthetics, and the philosophers Friedrich Nietzsche and Arthur Schopenhauer.
    • Age: Dec. at 89 (1924-2013)
    • Birthplace: Ann Arbor, Michigan
  • Bernard Berenson
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    Bernard Berenson (June 26, 1865 – October 6, 1959) was an American art historian specializing in the Renaissance. His book Drawings of the Florentine Painters was an international success. His wife Mary is thought to have had a large hand in some of the writings.Berenson was a major figure in the attribution of Old Masters, at a time when these were attracting new interest by American collectors, and his judgments were widely respected in the art world. Recent research has cast doubt on some of his authentications, which may have been influenced by the exceptionally high commissions paid to him.
    • Age: Dec. at 94 (1865-1959)
    • Birthplace: Butrimonys, Lithuania
  • Charmion von Wiegand (1896–1983) was an American journalist, abstract painter, writer, collector, benefactor and art critic. She was the daughter of Inez Royce, an artist, and Karl Henry von Wiegand. Karl Henry von Wiegand was the German-born journalist known for wartime reporting.
    • Age: Dec. at 87 (1896-1983)
    • Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois
  • Clarence King
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    Clarence Rivers King (January 6, 1842 – December 24, 1901) was an American geologist, mountaineer, and author. He served as the first director of the United States Geological Survey from 1879 to 1881. King was noted for his exploration of the Sierra Nevada.
    • Age: Dec. at 59 (1842-1901)
    • Birthplace: Newport, Rhode Island
  • Clement Greenberg
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    Clement Greenberg (), occasionally writing under the pseudonym K. Hardesh (January 16, 1909 – May 7, 1994), was an American essayist known mainly as an influential visual art critic closely associated with American Modern art of the mid-20th century and a Formalist aesthetician. In particular, he is best remembered for his promotion of the abstract expressionist movement and was among the first published critics to praise the work of painter Jackson Pollock.
    • Age: Dec. at 85 (1909-1994)
    • Birthplace: New York City, New York