Culture 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. 

John Updike is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list List of Famous Art Critics
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 ...more

Frank O'Hara is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list List of Famous Art Critics
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 ...more

Gotthold Ephraim Lessing is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list List of Famous Art Critics
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 ...more

Charles Baudelaire is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list List of Famous Art Critics
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, ...more

Arthur Danto is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list List of Famous Art Critics
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 ...more

Denis Diderot is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list List of Famous Art Critics
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 ...more

Monteiro Lobato is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list List of Famous Art Critics
Monteiro Lobato is a novelist, writer, journalist, and publisher.

Rainer Maria Rilke is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list List of Famous Art Critics
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 ...more

Sergei Diaghilev is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list List of Famous Art Critics
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 ...more

John Ruskin is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list List of Famous Art Critics
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 ...more

Frank Rutter is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list List of Famous Art Critics
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 ...more

Robert Hughes is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list List of Famous Art Critics
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 ...more

Danny Sillada is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list List of Famous Art Critics
Renowned contemporary artist, musician, and writer whose works often reflect Philippine ethnic culture as well as broader universal themes.

Ranjit Hoskote is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list List of Famous Art Critics
Ranjit Hoskote is a contemporary Indian poet, art critic, cultural theorist and independent curator.

Tory Dent is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list List of Famous Art Critics
Tory Dent was an eminent American poet, art critic, and commentator on the AIDS crisis.

Frank Popper is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list List of Famous Art Critics
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 ...more

Dave Hickey is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list List of Famous Art Critics
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 ...more

John Canaday is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list List of Famous Art Critics
John Edwin Canaday was a leading American art critic, author and art historian.

Frank Jewett Mather is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list List of Famous Art Critics
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 ...more

Guillaume Apollinaire is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list List of Famous Art Critics
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 ...more

Arlene Raven is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list List of Famous Art Critics
Arlene Raven was a feminist art historian, author, critic, educator, and curator. Raven was a co-founder of numerous feminist art organizations in Los Angeles in the 1970s.

Bernard Smith is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list List of Famous Art Critics
Bernard William Smith was an Australian art historian, art critic and academic.

John Berger is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list List of Famous Art Critics
John Peter Berger is 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, written as an accompaniment to a ...more

Shen Kuo is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list List of Famous Art Critics
Shen Kuo or Shen Gua, courtesy name Cunzhong and pseudonym Mengqi Weng, was a Han Chinese polymathic genius, medical doctor, scientist and statesman of the Song dynasty. Excelling in many fields ...more

Karen Wilkin is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list List of Famous Art Critics
Karen Wilkin 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 Wilson ...more

Donald Kuspit is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list List of Famous Art Critics
Donald Kuspit Donald Kuspit is an American art critic, poet, and Distinguished Professor Emeritus of art history and philosophy at the State University of New York at Stony Brook and former professor of art ...more

Roger Fry is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list List of Famous Art Critics
Roger Eliot Fry was an English artist and art critic, and a member of the Bloomsbury Group. Establishing his reputation as a scholar of the Old Masters, he became an advocate of more recent ...more

Deborah Solomon is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list List of Famous Art Critics
Deborah Solomon is an American art critic, journalist and biographer. Her weekly column, "Questions For" ran in The New York Times Magazine from 2003 to 2011. She is currently the art ...more

Mikhail Vartanov is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list List of Famous Art Critics
Mikhail Vartanov. Film director, cinematographer, documentarian, essayist, photographer and artist who developed a style of documentary filmmaking termed the “direction of undirected action.” ...more

George Moore is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list List of Famous Art Critics
George Augustus Moore was an Irish novelist, short-story writer, poet, art critic, memoirist and dramatist. Moore came from a Roman Catholic landed family who lived at Moore Hall in Carra, ...more

Bernard Berenson is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list List of Famous Art Critics
Bernard Berenson was an American art historian specializing in the Renaissance. He was a major figure in pioneering art attribution and therefore establishing the market for paintings by the ...more

Hilton Kramer is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list List of Famous Art Critics
Hilton Kramer was an American art critic and essayist.

Octave Mirbeau is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list List of Famous Art Critics
Octave Mirbeau was a French journalist, art critic, travel writer, pamphleteer, novelist, and playwright, who achieved celebrity in Europe and great success among the public, while still ...more

Moša Pijade is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list List of Famous Art Critics
Moša Pijade, nicknamed Čiča Janko was a prominent Serbian and Yugoslav communist, a close collaborator of Josip Broz Tito, former President of Yugoslavia, and full member of the Serbian Academy ...more

Osbert Lancaster is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list List of Famous Art Critics
Sir Osbert Lancaster, CBE was an English cartoonist, author, art critic and stage designer, best known to the public at large for his cartoons published in the Daily Express.

Edmond de Goncourt is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list List of Famous Art Critics
Edmond de Goncourt, born Edmond Louis Antoine Huot de Goncourt, was a French writer, literary critic, art critic, book publisher and the founder of the Académie Goncourt.

Kenneth Clark is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list List of Famous Art Critics
Kenneth McKenzie Clark, Baron Clark OM CH KCB FBA was a British author, museum director, broadcaster, and one of the best-known art historians and aestheticians of his generation, writing a ...more

Vasily Botkin is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list List of Famous Art Critics
Vasily Petrovich Botkin was a Russian essayist, literary, art and music critic, translator and publicist.

Aydin Aghdashloo is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list List of Famous Art Critics
Aydin Aghdashloo is an Iranian painter, author, art critic, art historian and graphic designer. He currently lives in Tehran, Iran, and lectures in different Iranian Universities besides his ...more

Robert C. Morgan is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list List of Famous Art Critics
Robert C. Morgan is an American art critic, art historian, curator, poet, and painter.

Clarence King is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list List of Famous Art Critics
Clarence Rivers King 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 ...more

Catherine Millet is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list List of Famous Art Critics
Catherine Millet is a French writer, art critic, curator, and founder and editor of the magazine Art Press, which focuses on modern art and contemporary art. Born in Bois-Colombes, France, she ...more

Lars Nittve is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list List of Famous Art Critics
Lars Nittve is a Swedish museum director, curator, art critic and writer. He was the founding Director of Tate Modern in London; former Director of the Moderna Museet in Stockholm; the founding ...more

Sacheverell Sitwell is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list List of Famous Art Critics
Sir Sacheverell Reresby Sitwell, 6th Baronet CH was an English writer, best known as an art critic, music critic, and writer on architecture, particularly the baroque. Dame Edith Sitwell and Sir ...more

Stéphanie Moisdon is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list List of Famous Art Critics
Stéphanie Moisdon is a French curator and art critic. She was co-curator of the exhibition Présumés Innocents in Bordeaux, 2000; Manifesta 4 in Frankfurt, 2001; and Before ...more

Julio Valle Castillo is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list List of Famous Art Critics
Julio Valle Castillo, was born in Masaya, Nicaragua. He is a poet, novelist, painter, essayist, and a critic of literature and art.

Nancy Adajania is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list List of Famous Art Critics
Nancy Adajania is a cultural theorist, art critic and independent curator based in India.

Necmi Sönmez is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list List of Famous Art Critics
Necmi Sönmez is a Turkish-German curator, art critic and writer living and working in Düsseldorf.

Raúl Zamudio is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list List of Famous Art Critics
Raúl Zamudio is a New York-based independent curator, art critic, art historian and educator.

Dominique Moulon is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list List of Famous Art Critics
Dominique Moulon is a historian of art and technology, specializing in French digital art. He is the author of the book Art contemporain nouveaux médias.