List of famous art critics. The list includes well-known names such as Robert Hughes, John Ruskin, Jonathan Richardson and many more.

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Art critics are the people who specialize in analyzing, interpreting, and evaluating art in the context of aesthetics or the theory of beauty. Art criticism holds a significant place in understanding the nuances of art, and strives to pursue a rational basis for appreciation of art. Art criticism is probably as old as the history of art itself, though the term was coined much later, in the 18th century. English painter Jonathan Richardson is credited to have coined the term 'art criticism' in 1719. Regarded as one of the three foremost painters of his time, he also wrote extensively on art. Along with his son, he wrote the book ‘An Account of Some of the Statues, Bas-Reliefs, Drawings, and Pictures in Italy,’ now considered a masterpiece on art criticism. Another renowned art critic was John Ruskin, widely regarded the leading English art critic of the Victorian era. He was especially influential in the latter half of the 19th century. American John Hoyer Updike, Arthur Coleman Danto, and Karen Wilkin are counted amongst the famed art critics of the 20th century. Coming to the contemporary era, Eleanor Heartney, Rebecca Solnit, and David Hickey are the most influential art critics. Browse on to know about the famous art critics from all over the world.

Maria Altmann Maria Altmann
Austrian, American

Robert Hughes Robert Hughes
Australian
Peggy GuggenheimPeggy Guggenheim
American

Frederick R. KochFrederick R. Koch
American
Jacqueline RoqueJacqueline Roque
French

Frank O'HaraFrank O'Hara
American

Tom VerlaineTom Verlaine
American

Félix VallottonFélix Vallotton
Swiss

Sergei DiaghilevSergei Diaghilev
Italian, Russian
Clement GreenbergClement Greenberg
American

Joris-Karl HuysmansJoris-Karl Huysmans
French

Mimi Gardner GatesMimi Gardner Gates
American

Isabella Stewart GardnerIsabella Stewart Gardner
American
Brian SewellBrian Sewell
British
Louis AragonLouis Aragon
French

Arthur DantoArthur Danto
American

Waldemar JanuszczakWaldemar Januszczak
British

Clive BellClive Bell
British
Larry GagosianLarry Gagosian
American

Camille DoncieuxCamille Doncieux
French
Lee UfanLee Ufan
South Korean

Odysseas ElytisOdysseas Elytis
Greek

Herbert ReadHerbert Read
British
Jerry SaltzJerry Saltz
American

Maurice DenisMaurice Denis
French
Daniel WildensteinDaniel Wildenstein
French

Okakura KakuzōOkakura Kakuzō
Japanese

Patrick HeronPatrick Heron
British
Sacheverell SitwellSacheverell Sitwell
British
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Hal FosterHal Foster
American
Francesco AlgarottiFrancesco Algarotti
Italian

Rosalind E. KraussRosalind E. Krauss
American

Michael FriedMichael Fried
American

Dan GrahamDan Graham
American
Alexandre BenoisAlexandre Benois
Russian

Ambroise VollardAmbroise Vollard
French, Réunionese

Okwui EnwezorOkwui Enwezor
Nigerian

Harold RosenbergHarold Rosenberg
American

Lucy R. LippardLucy R. Lippard
American
Gelett BurgessGelett Burgess
American

Fairfield PorterFairfield Porter
American
Hilton KramerHilton Kramer
American

Jean MoréasJean Moréas
Greek

Dave HickeyDave Hickey
American
David AntinDavid Antin
American

Sadakichi HartmannSadakichi Hartmann
Japanese, American
Robbie RossRobbie Ross
Canadian, French, British

Irving SandlerIrving Sandler
American

S.S. Van DineS.S. Van Dine
American