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.
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 1 Denis Diderot

Denis Diderot
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Famous As: Philosopher
Birthdate: October 5, 1713
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: French
Died: July 31, 1784

 2 Frederick R. Koch

Frederick R. Koch
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Famous As: Art collector
Birthdate: August 26, 1933
Sun Sign: Virgo
Nationality: American
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 3 Jacqueline Roque

Jacqueline Roque
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Famous As: choreographer, painter, model
Birthdate: February 24, 1926
Sun Sign: Pisces
Nationality: French
Died: October 15, 1986

 4 Maria Altmann

Maria Altmann
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Famous As: Art Collector
Birthdate: February 18, 1916
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Nationality: Austrian, American
Died: February 7, 2011

 5 Tom Verlaine

Tom Verlaine
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Famous As: Guitarist, Singer, Singer-songwriter, Songwriter
Birthdate: December 13, 1949
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Nationality: American

 6 Robbie Ross

Robbie Ross
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Famous As: Journalist
Birthdate: May 25, 1869
Sun Sign: Gemini
Nationality: Canadian, French, British
Died: October 5, 1918

 7 Frank O'Hara

Frank O'Hara
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Famous As: Poet
Birthdate: March 27, 1926
Sun Sign: Aries
Nationality: American
Died: July 25, 1966
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 8 Waldemar Januszczak

Waldemar Januszczak
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Famous As: Journalist
Birthdate: January 12, 1954
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Nationality: British

 9 Mimi Gardner Gates

Mimi Gardner Gates
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Famous As: curator
Birthdate: 1943 AD
Nationality: American

 10 Sergei Diaghilev

Sergei Diaghilev
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Famous As: Art Critic
Birthdate: March 31, 1872
Sun Sign: Aries
Nationality: Russian
Died: August 19, 1929

 11 Joris-Karl Huysmans

Joris-Karl Huysmans
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Famous As: Writer, Art critic, Novelist
Birthdate: February 5, 1848
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Nationality: French
Died: May 12, 1907

 12 Brian Sewell

Brian Sewell
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Famous As: journalist, autobiographer, art critic, art historian
Birthdate: June 15, 1931
Sun Sign: Gemini
Nationality: British
Died: September 19, 2015

 13 Clement Greenberg

Clement Greenberg
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Famous As: Art collector, Art historian, Art critic, Journalist
Birthdate: January 16, 1909
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Nationality: American
Died: May 7, 1994

 14 Isabella Stewart Gardner

Isabella Stewart Gardner
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Famous As: Art collector
Birthdate: April 14, 1840
Sun Sign: Aries
Nationality: American
Died: July 17, 1924

 15 Robert Hughes

Robert Hughes
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Famous As: Art Critic, Writer
Birthdate: July 28, 1938
Sun Sign: Leo
Nationality: Australian
Died: August 6, 2012

 16 Louis Aragon

Louis Aragon
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Famous As: Writer, Journalist, Politician, Poet, Novelist, Art critic
Birthdate: October 3, 1897
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: French
Died: December 24, 1982

 17 Clive Bell

Clive Bell
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Famous As: Art Critic
Birthdate: September 16, 1881
Sun Sign: Virgo
Nationality: British
Died: September 18, 1964

 18 Félix Vallotton

Félix Vallotton
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Famous As: Painter, Artist, Sculptor, Engraver, Art critic
Birthdate: December 28, 1865
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Nationality: Swiss
Died: December 29, 1925

 19 Jerry Saltz

Jerry Saltz
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Famous As: art historian, historian, journalist
Birthdate: March 19, 1951
Sun Sign: Pisces
Nationality: American

 20 Camille Doncieux

Camille Doncieux
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Famous As: painter, model
Birthdate: January 15, 1847
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Nationality: French
Died: September 5, 1879

 21 Larry Gagosian

Larry Gagosian
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Famous As: Art collector
Birthdate: April 19, 1945
Sun Sign: Aries
Nationality: American

 22 Arthur Danto

Arthur Danto
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Famous As: Art critic
Birthdate: January 1, 1924
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Nationality: American
Died: October 25, 2013

 23 Herbert Read

Herbert Read
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Famous As: Art Historian
Birthdate: December 4, 1893
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Nationality: British
Died: June 12, 1968

 24 Okakura Kakuzō

Okakura Kakuzō
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Famous As: Art critic
Birthdate: February 14, 1862
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Nationality: Japanese
Died: September 2, 1913

 25 Sacheverell Sitwell

Sacheverell Sitwell
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Famous As: Writer
Birthdate: November 15, 1897
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Nationality: British
Died: October 1, 1988

 26 Rosalind E. Krauss

Rosalind E. Krauss
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Famous As: Art Critic
Birthdate: November 30, 1941
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Nationality: American

 27 Maurice Denis

Maurice Denis
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Famous As: Painter, Illustrator, Lithographer, Writer, Art critic
Birthdate: November 25, 1870
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Nationality: French
Died: November 13, 1943

 28 Michael Fried

Michael Fried
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Famous As: Art critic, Art historian, Historian, University teacher, Journalist
Birthdate: April 12, 1939
Sun Sign: Aries
Nationality: American

 29 Daniel Wildenstein

Daniel Wildenstein
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Famous As: Art collector, Art historian, Businessperson
Birthdate: September 11, 1917
Sun Sign: Virgo
Nationality: French
Died: October 23, 2001

 30 Okwui Enwezor

Okwui Enwezor
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Famous As: Curator
Birthdate: October 23, 1963
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: Nigerian
Died: March 15, 2019

 31 Hal Foster

Hal Foster
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Famous As: art historian, university teacher, journalist
Birthdate: August 13, 1955
Sun Sign: Leo
Nationality: American

 32 Patrick Heron

Patrick Heron
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Famous As: Artist
Birthdate: January 30, 1920
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Nationality: British
Died: March 20, 1999

 33 Hal Foster

Hal Foster
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Famous As: Writer
Birthdate: August 16, 1892
Sun Sign: Leo
Nationality: Canadian, American
Died: July 25, 1982

 34 Ambroise Vollard

Ambroise Vollard
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Famous As: Art Dealer
Birthdate: July 3, 1866
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: French, Réunionese
Died: July 22, 1939

 35 S.S. Van Dine

S.S. Van Dine
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Famous As: Art Critic
Birthdate: October 15, 1888
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: American
Died: April 11, 1939

 36 Francesco Algarotti

Francesco Algarotti
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Famous As: Polymath
Birthdate: December 11, 1712
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Nationality: Italian
Died: May 3, 1764

 37 Alexandre Benois

Alexandre Benois
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Famous As: Artist
Birthdate: May 3, 1870
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: Russian
Died: February 9, 1960

 38 Lucy R. Lippard

Lucy R. Lippard
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Famous As: Writer
Birthdate: April 14, 1937
Sun Sign: Aries
Nationality: American

 39 Lee Ufan

Lee Ufan
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Famous As: Painter
Birthdate: June 24, 1936
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: South Korean

 40 Dan Graham

Dan Graham
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Famous As: Artist
Birthdate: March 31, 1942
Sun Sign: Aries
Nationality: American

 41 Harold Rosenberg

Harold Rosenberg
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Famous As: Writer
Birthdate: February 2, 1906
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Nationality: American
Died: July 11, 1978

 42 Edmond de Goncourt

Edmond de Goncourt
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Famous As: Writer
Birthdate: May 26, 1822
Sun Sign: Gemini
Nationality: French
Died: July 16, 1896

 43 Gelett Burgess

Gelett Burgess
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Famous As: Artist
Birthdate: January 30, 1866
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Nationality: American
Died: September 18, 1951

 44 Fairfield Porter

Fairfield Porter
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Famous As: Painter
Birthdate: June 10, 1907
Sun Sign: Gemini
Nationality: American
Died: September 18, 1975

 45 Friedrich Melchior, baron von Grimm

Friedrich Melchior, baron von Grimm
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Famous As: Journalist
Birthdate: December 26, 1723
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Nationality: German
Died: December 19, 1807

 46 Gregor von Rezzori

Gregor von Rezzori
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Famous As: Novelist
Birthdate: May 13, 1914
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: Austrian, Italian, Ukrainian
Died: April 23, 1998

 47 Maurice Berger

Maurice Berger
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Famous As: Historian
Birthdate: May 22, 1956
Sun Sign: Gemini
Nationality: American
Died: March 23, 2020

 48 Coosje van Bruggen

Coosje van Bruggen
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Famous As: Sculptor
Birthdate: June 6, 1942
Sun Sign: Gemini
Nationality: Dutch, American
Died: January 10, 2009

 49 Hilton Kramer

Hilton Kramer
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Famous As: Art Critic
Birthdate: March 25, 1928
Sun Sign: Aries
Nationality: American
Died: March 27, 2012

 50 William Wetmore Story

William Wetmore Story
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Famous As: Poet
Birthdate: February 12, 1819
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Nationality: American
Died: October 7, 1895
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