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
Jacqueline RoqueJacqueline Roque
French

Frederick R. KochFrederick R. Koch
American
Frank O'HaraFrank O'Hara
American

Mimi Gardner GatesMimi Gardner Gates
American

Tom VerlaineTom Verlaine
American

Robbie RossRobbie Ross
Canadian, French, British

Sergei DiaghilevSergei Diaghilev
Russian
Waldemar JanuszczakWaldemar Januszczak
British

Joris-Karl HuysmansJoris-Karl Huysmans
French

Clement GreenbergClement Greenberg
American

Louis AragonLouis Aragon
French
Félix VallottonFélix Vallotton
Swiss
Isabella Stewart GardnerIsabella Stewart Gardner
American

Brian SewellBrian Sewell
British

Arthur DantoArthur Danto
American

Clive BellClive Bell
British
Larry GagosianLarry Gagosian
American

Jerry SaltzJerry Saltz
American
Herbert ReadHerbert Read
British

Sacheverell SitwellSacheverell Sitwell
British

Camille DoncieuxCamille Doncieux
French
Francesco AlgarottiFrancesco Algarotti
Italian

Maurice BergerMaurice Berger
American
Okakura KakuzōOkakura Kakuzō
Japanese

Maurice DenisMaurice Denis
French

Hal FosterHal Foster
Canadian, American
Hal FosterHal Foster
American
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Daniel WildensteinDaniel Wildenstein
French
Gelett BurgessGelett Burgess
American

Lucy R. LippardLucy R. Lippard
American

Ambroise VollardAmbroise Vollard
French, Réunionese

Rosalind E. KraussRosalind E. Krauss
American
Dan GrahamDan Graham
American

Alexandre BenoisAlexandre Benois
Russian

Michael FriedMichael Fried
American

Okwui EnwezorOkwui Enwezor
Nigerian

Patrick HeronPatrick Heron
British
Harold RosenbergHarold Rosenberg
American

Lee UfanLee Ufan
South Korean
Fairfield PorterFairfield Porter
American

Edmond de GoncourtEdmond de Goncourt
French

Hilton KramerHilton Kramer
American
William Wetmore StoryWilliam Wetmore Story
American

Coosje van BruggenCoosje van Bruggen
Dutch, American
Lawrence AllowayLawrence Alloway
British

Józef Ignacy KraszewskiJózef Ignacy Kraszewski
Polish

Jean MoréasJean Moréas
Greek

Jeremy CollierJeremy Collier
British

Gregor von RezzoriGregor von Rezzori
Austrian, Italian, Ukrainian
James AgateJames Agate
British

Giovanni MorelliGiovanni Morelli
Italian

Mario PrazMario Praz
Italian

Dave HickeyDave Hickey
American
Sadakichi HartmannSadakichi Hartmann
Japanese, American
Kenyon CoxKenyon Cox
American

Wilhelm UhdeWilhelm Uhde
German, Polish

Aubrey MenenAubrey Menen
British

Myfanwy PiperMyfanwy Piper
British, Welsh
Manuel Mujica LáinezManuel Mujica Láinez
Argentinian

Donald KuspitDonald Kuspit
American
Emilio CecchiEmilio Cecchi
Italian

ChampfleuryChampfleury
French

Jules de GoncourtJules de Goncourt
French
Friedrich Theodor VischerFriedrich Theodor Vischer
German

Julius Meier-GraefeJulius Meier-Graefe
German, Hungarian, Romanian
Irving SandlerIrving Sandler
American

David AntinDavid Antin
American

William RubinWilliam Rubin
American
Anna BantiAnna Banti
Italian

Juan García PonceJuan García Ponce
Mexican
Giovanni Battista CavalcaselleGiovanni Battista Cavalcaselle
Italian

Scipione MaffeiScipione Maffei
Italian

Samuel Putnam AverySamuel Putnam Avery
American

S.S. Van DineS.S. Van Dine
American
William Crary BrownellWilliam Crary Brownell
American

Friedrich Melchior, baron von GrimmFriedrich Melchior, baron von Grimm
German

Elisabeth Luther CaryElisabeth Luther Cary
American

Xie HeXie He
Chinese

Mark BeechMark Beech
British
James Gibbons HunekerJames Gibbons Huneker
American

William Martin Conway, Baron ConwayWilliam Martin Conway, Baron Conway
British
David Bernard SylvesterDavid Bernard Sylvester
British

Shisui RokkakuShisui Rokkaku
Japanese