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Jacqueline Roque
(Best known as the muse and second wife of Pablo Picasso)
Jacqueline Roque
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Birthdate: February 24, 1927
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Paris, France
Died: October 15, 1986
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Sergei Diaghilev
(Russian Art Critic, Ballet Impresario and Founder of the 'Ballets Russes')
Sergei Diaghilev
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Birthdate: March 31, 1872
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Chudovsky District, Russia
Died: August 19, 1929

Sergei Diaghilev was a Russian ballet impresario, patron, and art critic. He is credited with founding the popular ballet company Ballets Russes, which has produced some of the greatest and popular choreographers and dancers like Tamara Karsavina, Lydia Sokolova, Serge Lifar, and Alicia Markova. Sergei Diaghilev is remembered for placing the needs of his company and dancers above his own.

 3 
Tom Verlaine
(American Singer, Guitarist and Songwriter)
Tom Verlaine
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Birthdate: December 13, 1949
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Denville, New Jersey, United States
Height: 6'4" (193 cm)
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Joris-Karl Huysmans
(Art critic, Novelist)
Joris-Karl Huysmans
4
Birthdate: February 5, 1848
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Paris, France
Died: May 12, 1907
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Frank O'Hara
(Poet)
Frank O'Hara
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Birthdate: March 27, 1926
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Baltimore, Maryland Baltimore, Maryland
Died: July 25, 1966
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Waldemar Januszczak
(Journalist)
Waldemar Januszczak
4
Birthdate: January 12, 1954
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Basingstoke
 7 
Frederick R. Koch
(Former philanthropist, Founder of Koch Industries)
Frederick R. Koch
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Birthdate: August 26, 1933
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Wichita, Kansas, United States
Died: February 12, 2020
 8 
Clement Greenberg
(American Essayist, Art Critic and Journalist)
Clement Greenberg
3
Birthdate: January 16, 1909
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: New York, New York, United States
Died: May 7, 1994
 9 
Brian Sewell
(journalist, autobiographer, art critic, art historian)
Brian Sewell
3
Birthdate: June 15, 1931
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: London
Died: September 19, 2015
 10 
Mimi Gardner Gates
(American Art Historian)
Mimi Gardner Gates
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Birthdate: July 30, 1943
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: United States
 11 
Isabella Stewart Gardner
(Art collector)
Isabella Stewart Gardner
4
Birthdate: April 14, 1840
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: New York City
Died: July 17, 1924
 12 
Louis Aragon
(French Poet and Novelist)
Louis Aragon
3
Birthdate: October 3, 1897
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Paris, France
Died: December 24, 1982
Height: 5'9" (175 cm)
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Lina Lazaar
(Art critic, Writer)
Lina Lazaar
4
Birthdate: 1983 AD
Birthplace: Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
 14 
Roger Fry
(Artist and art critic)
Roger Fry
3
Birthdate: December 14, 1866
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: London
Died: September 9, 1934
 15 
Jean Metzinger
(Painter)
Jean Metzinger
3
Birthdate: June 24, 1883
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Nantes, France
Died: November 3, 1956
 16 
Clive Bell
(Art Critic)
Clive Bell
3
Birthdate: September 16, 1881
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: East Shefford, England
Died: September 18, 1964
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Robert Hughes
(Art Critic, Writer)
Robert Hughes
3
Birthdate: July 28, 1938
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Sydney, Australia
Died: August 6, 2012

Although he had initially aspired to study law and architecture, Robert Hughes later dropped out of university and began drawing cartoons for various newspapers. After establishing himself as an art critic, he wrote bestsellers such as The Fatal Shore and created shows such as The Shock of the New.

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Arthur Danto
(Art critic)
Arthur Danto
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Birthdate: January 1, 1924
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Ann Arbor, Michigan, United States
Died: October 25, 2013
 19 
Jerry Saltz
(Senior Art Critic and Columnist for New York Magazine)
Jerry Saltz
3
Birthdate: February 19, 1951
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Oak Park, Illinois, United States
 20 
Mark Beech
(Author)
Mark Beech
3
Birthdate: 1959 AD
Birthplace: Birmingham, England
Died: April 27, 2020
 21 
Okakura Kakuzō
(Art critic)
Okakura Kakuzō
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Birthdate: February 14, 1862
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Yokohama, Japan
Died: September 2, 1913
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Ivan Kramskoi
(Russian Painter and Art Critic)
Ivan Kramskoi
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Birthdate: June 8, 1837
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Ostrogozhsk, Russia
Died: April 6, 1887

Ivan Kramskoi was a Russian art critic and painter. Kramskoi played an important role as an intellectual leader of a popular Russian art movement called The Itinerants between 1860 and 1880. He was also considered an eccentric as he would not charge money for expensive frames while giving his works to his customers.

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Gottfried Semper
(Architect)
Gottfried Semper
3
Birthdate: November 29, 1803
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Altona, Hamburg, Germany
Died: May 15, 1879
 24 
Octave Mirbeau
(Novelist)
Octave Mirbeau
3
Birthdate: February 16, 1848
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Trévières, France
Died: February 16, 1917
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Herbert Read
(Art Historian)
Herbert Read
3
Birthdate: December 4, 1893
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Muscoates, England
Died: June 12, 1968
 26 
Dan Graham
(Artist)
Dan Graham
3
Birthdate: March 31, 1942
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Urbana, Illinois
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S.S. Van Dine
(Art Critic)
S.S. Van Dine
3
Birthdate: October 15, 1888
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Charlottesville, Virginia, United States
Died: April 11, 1939
 28 
Michael Fried
(Art critic, Art historian, Historian, University teacher, Journalist)
Michael Fried
3
Birthdate: April 12, 1939
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: New York City
 29 
Sacheverell Sitwell
(Writer)
Sacheverell Sitwell
3
Birthdate: November 15, 1897
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Scarborough, England
Died: October 1, 1988
 30 
Hal Foster
(art historian, university teacher, journalist)
Hal Foster
3
Birthdate: August 13, 1955
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Seattle
 31 
Léon Werth
(Writer)
Léon Werth
3
Birthdate: February 17, 1878
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Remiremont, France
Died: December 13, 1955
 32 
Ambroise Vollard
(Art Dealer)
Ambroise Vollard
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Birthdate: July 3, 1866
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Saint-Denis, Réunion
Died: July 22, 1939
 33 
Rosalind E. Krauss
(Art Critic)
Rosalind E. Krauss
3
Birthdate: November 30, 1941
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Washington, D.C., United States
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Patrick Heron
(Artist)
Patrick Heron
3
Birthdate: January 30, 1920
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Headingley, England
Died: March 20, 1999
 35 
Poul Henningsen
(Author)
Poul Henningsen
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Birthdate: September 9, 1894
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Ordrup, Denmark
Died: January 31, 1967
 36 
Lucy R. Lippard
(Writer)
Lucy R. Lippard
2
Birthdate: April 14, 1937
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: New York, New York, United States
 37 
Harold Rosenberg
(Writer)
Harold Rosenberg
2
Birthdate: February 2, 1906
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: New York, New York, United States
Died: July 11, 1978
 38 
Boris Groys
(Art Critic)
Boris Groys
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Birthdate: March 19, 1947
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Berlin, Germany
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Nicolas Bourriaud
(Curator)
Nicolas Bourriaud
2
Birthdate: April 13, 1965
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Niort, France
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Okwui Enwezor
(Nigerian Writer, Poet, Art Critic, Curator, and Educator.)
Okwui Enwezor
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Birthdate: October 23, 1963
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Calabar, Nigeria
Died: March 15, 2019
Okwui Enwezor was a Nigerian writer, poet, art critic, curator, and educator. Enwezor, who specialized in art history, was honored with the Frank Jewett Mather Award in 2006. In 2014, Okwui Enwezor was mentioned in ArtReview magazine's 100 most powerful people of the art world list.
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Gelett Burgess
(American Artist, Writer and Key Figure in the San Francisco Bay Area Literary Renaissance in the 1890s)
Gelett Burgess
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Birthdate: January 30, 1866
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Boston, United States
Died: September 18, 1951

Gelett Burgess was an American poet, artist, art critic, author, and humorist. He is credited with introducing French modern art to the USA. He is also credited with coining the term blurb. In 1891, he established the San Francisco Boys' Club Association which was later renamed Boys & Girls Clubs of San Francisco. 

 42 
Fairfield Porter
(Painter)
Fairfield Porter
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Birthdate: June 10, 1907
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Winnetka, Illinois, United States
Died: September 18, 1975
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Friedrich Melchior, baron von Grimm
(German-born Journalist, Diplomat, and Art Critic)
Friedrich Melchior, baron von Grimm
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Birthdate: December 26, 1723
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Regensburg, Germany
Died: December 19, 1807
 44 
Coosje van Bruggen
(Sculptor)
Coosje van Bruggen
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Birthdate: June 6, 1942
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Groningen, Netherlands
Died: January 10, 2009

Dutch-American sculptor Coosje van Bruggen is best known for her collaborations with her sculptor husband, Claes Oldenburg. Their works include Shuttlecocks at the Donald J. Hall Sculpture Park and Flashlight at the University of Nevada. She has also penned several books and been a sculpture critic at Yale University.

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Maurice Bardèche
(Art critic)
Maurice Bardèche
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Birthdate: October 1, 1907
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Dun-sur-Auron, France
Died: July 30, 1998
 46 
Louis Leroy
(Painter)
Louis Leroy
2
Birthdate: January 1, 1812
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Paris, France
Died: January 1, 1885
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Francesco Algarotti
(Polymath)
Francesco Algarotti
2
Birthdate: December 11, 1712
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Venice, Italy
Died: May 3, 1764
 48 
Dave Hickey
(Critic, Journalist)
Dave Hickey
2
Birthdate: December 5, 1940
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Fort Worth
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Maurice Berger
(Historian)
Maurice Berger
2
Birthdate: May 22, 1956
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: New York, New York, United States
Died: March 23, 2020
 50 
William Wetmore Story
(Poet)
William Wetmore Story
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Birthdate: February 12, 1819
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Salem, Massachusetts, United States
Died: October 7, 1895