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
Félix VallottonFélix Vallotton
Swiss

Sergei DiaghilevSergei Diaghilev
Italian, Russian

Clement GreenbergClement Greenberg
American
Tom VerlaineTom Verlaine
American

Isabella Stewart GardnerIsabella Stewart Gardner
American
Joris-Karl HuysmansJoris-Karl Huysmans
French

Brian SewellBrian Sewell
British

Louis AragonLouis Aragon
French

Waldemar JanuszczakWaldemar Januszczak
British

Mimi Gardner GatesMimi Gardner Gates
American
Larry GagosianLarry Gagosian
American

Arthur DantoArthur Danto
American

Odysseas ElytisOdysseas Elytis
Greek

Camille DoncieuxCamille Doncieux
French
Herbert ReadHerbert Read
British

Jerry SaltzJerry Saltz
American
Daniel WildensteinDaniel Wildenstein
French

Maurice DenisMaurice Denis
French

Hal FosterHal Foster
American
Michael FriedMichael Fried
American

Lucy R. LippardLucy R. Lippard
American
Dave HickeyDave Hickey
American

David AntinDavid Antin
American

Robert Baldwin RossRobert Baldwin Ross
Canadian, British
Irving SandlerIrving Sandler
American