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

More From Art Critics
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
Mimi Gardner GatesMimi Gardner Gates
American

Jacqueline RoqueJacqueline Roque
French
Maurice BergerMaurice Berger
American

Frederick R. KochFrederick R. Koch
American

Frank O'HaraFrank O'Hara
American

Waldemar JanuszczakWaldemar Januszczak
British

Tom VerlaineTom Verlaine
American
Sergei DiaghilevSergei Diaghilev
Italian, Russian

Joris-Karl HuysmansJoris-Karl Huysmans
French

Robbie RossRobbie Ross
Canadian, French, British

Clement GreenbergClement Greenberg
American
Jerry SaltzJerry Saltz
American
Isabella Stewart GardnerIsabella Stewart Gardner
American

Louis AragonLouis Aragon
French

Félix VallottonFélix Vallotton
Swiss

Arthur DantoArthur Danto
American
Brian SewellBrian Sewell
British

Clive BellClive Bell
British
Okakura KakuzōOkakura Kakuzō
Japanese

Larry GagosianLarry Gagosian
American

Camille DoncieuxCamille Doncieux
French
Herbert ReadHerbert Read
British

Sacheverell SitwellSacheverell Sitwell
British
Maurice DenisMaurice Denis
French

Hal FosterHal Foster
Canadian, American

Hal FosterHal Foster
American
Rosalind E. KraussRosalind E. Krauss
American
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Michael FriedMichael Fried
American
Alexandre BenoisAlexandre Benois
Russian

Lee UfanLee Ufan
South Korean

Lucy R. LippardLucy R. Lippard
American

Dan GrahamDan Graham
American
Ambroise VollardAmbroise Vollard
French, Réunionese

Daniel WildensteinDaniel Wildenstein
French

Harold RosenbergHarold Rosenberg
American

Patrick HeronPatrick Heron
British

Francesco AlgarottiFrancesco Algarotti
Italian
Gelett BurgessGelett Burgess
American

Okwui EnwezorOkwui Enwezor
Nigerian
Fairfield PorterFairfield Porter
American

Edmond de GoncourtEdmond de Goncourt
French

Józef Ignacy KraszewskiJózef Ignacy Kraszewski
Polish
Hilton KramerHilton Kramer
American

William Wetmore StoryWilliam Wetmore Story
American
Lawrence AllowayLawrence Alloway
British

Jean MoréasJean Moréas
Greek

Aubrey MenenAubrey Menen
British

Jeremy CollierJeremy Collier
British

Wilhelm UhdeWilhelm Uhde
German, Polish
Giovanni MorelliGiovanni Morelli
Italian

Mario PrazMario Praz
Italian

Dave HickeyDave Hickey
American

Sadakichi HartmannSadakichi Hartmann
Japanese, American
Kenyon CoxKenyon Cox
American
Emilio CecchiEmilio Cecchi
Italian

Donald KuspitDonald Kuspit
American

David AntinDavid Antin
American

Myfanwy PiperMyfanwy Piper
British, Welsh
ChampfleuryChampfleury
French

Julius Meier-GraefeJulius Meier-Graefe
German, Hungarian, Romanian
Manuel Mujica LáinezManuel Mujica Láinez
Argentinian

Jules de GoncourtJules de Goncourt
French

Friedrich Theodor VischerFriedrich Theodor Vischer
German
Irving SandlerIrving Sandler
American

Anna BantiAnna Banti
Italian
Juan García PonceJuan García Ponce
Mexican

Scipione MaffeiScipione Maffei
Italian

Giovanni Battista CavalcaselleGiovanni Battista Cavalcaselle
Italian
Samuel Putnam AverySamuel Putnam Avery
American

S.S. Van DineS.S. Van Dine
American
Friedrich Melchior, baron von GrimmFriedrich Melchior, baron von Grimm
German

William Crary BrownellWilliam Crary Brownell
American

Elisabeth Luther CaryElisabeth Luther Cary
American

Mark BeechMark Beech
British
James Gibbons HunekerJames Gibbons Huneker
American

William Martin Conway, Baron ConwayWilliam Martin Conway, Baron Conway
British