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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. If you want to be an art critic, judge these latte art featuring milk foam, creative drawings made in Snapchat, funny pictures drawn on dirty cars, and the coolest Etch-A-Sketch masterpieces. 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.

This list of art critics includes Robert Hughes, John Ruskin, and more. Jonathan Richardson, one of the world's first art critics, based his art criticism on drawing, composition, and other categories. Featuring British art critics, modern art critics, contemporary art critics, and more, this list has them all!  

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. 

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  • John Hoyer Updike (March 18, 1932 – January 27, 2009) was an American novelist, poet, short-story writer, art critic, and literary critic. One of only three writers to win the Pulitzer Prize for...  more

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  • Francis Russell "Frank" O'Hara (March 27, 1926 – July 25, 1966) was an American writer, poet, and art critic. Because of his employment as a curator at the Museum of Modern Art, O'Hara became...  more

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  • Gotthold Ephraim Lessing (; German: [ˈlɛsɪŋ]; 22 January 1729 – 15 February 1781) was a German writer, philosopher, dramatist, publicist and art critic, and an outstanding representative of the...  more
  • Charles Pierre Baudelaire (UK: , US: ; French: [ʃaʁl bodlɛʁ] (listen); 9 April 1821 – 31 August 1867) was a French poet who also produced notable work as an essayist, art critic, and pioneering...  more

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  • 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...  more
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  • René Karl Wilhelm Johann Josef Maria Rilke (4 December 1875 – 29 December 1926), better known as Rainer Maria Rilke (German: [ˈʁaɪnɐ maˈʁiːa ˈʁɪlkə]), was a Bohemian-Austrian poet and novelist. He is...  more

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  • John Ruskin (8 February 1819 – 20 January 1900) was the leading English art critic of the Victorian era, as well as an art patron, draughtsman, watercolourist, a prominent social thinker and...  more
  • Francis Vane Phipson Rutter (17 February 1876 – 18 April 1937) 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...  more
  • Robert Studley Forrest Hughes AO (28 July 1938 – 6 August 2012) was an Australian-born art critic, writer, and producer of television documentaries. His best seller The Fatal Shore (1986) is a study...  more
  • Danny C. Sillada (born April 27, 1963) is a Filipino artist, writer and cultural critic from Mindanao. Sillada has contributed to various art forms, from painting, to music and performance art. He...  more
  • Ranjit Hoskote (born 29 March 1969) is a contemporary Indian poet, art critic, cultural theorist and independent curator....  more
  • Victorine "Tory" Dent (January 1, 1958 – December 30, 2005) was an American poet, art critic, and commentator on the AIDS crisis....  more
  • Frank Popper (born April 17, 1918) 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...  more
  • 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...  more
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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...  more
  • Guillaume Apollinaire (French: [ɡijom apɔlinɛʁ]; 26 August 1880 – 9 November 1918) was a French poet, playwright, short story writer, novelist, and art critic of Polish-Belarusian...  more
  • Arlene Raven (Arlene Rubin: July 12, 1944, Baltimore, Maryland – August 1, 2006, Brooklyn, New York) was a feminist art historian, author, critic, educator, and curator. Raven was a co-founder of...  more
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  • John Peter Berger (; 5 November 1926 – 2 January 2017) was an English art critic, novelist, painter and poet. His novel G. won the 1972 Booker Prize, and his essay on art criticism, Ways of Seeing,...  more
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  • Karen Wilkin (born 1940) is a New York-based independent curator and art critic specializing in 20th-century modernism. Educated at Barnard College and Columbia University, she was awarded a Woodrow...  more