13 Best Art History & Criticism

List Updated September 2022

Bestselling Art History & Criticism in 2022


The Art of History: Unlocking the Past in Fiction and Nonfiction

The Art of History: Unlocking the Past in Fiction and Nonfiction
BESTSELLER NO. 1 in 2022
  • Graywolf Pr

History of art criticism (New revised edition)

History of art criticism (New revised edition)
BESTSELLER NO. 2 in 2022

Methods & Theories of Art History

Methods & Theories of Art History
BESTSELLER NO. 3 in 2022
  • Laurence King

Art history: A critical introduction to its methods

Art history: A critical introduction to its methods
BESTSELLER NO. 4 in 2022
  • Manchester University Press

Art: Over 2,500 Works from Cave to Contemporary

Art: Over 2,500 Works from Cave to Contemporary
BESTSELLER NO. 5 in 2022
  • DK Publishing Dorling Kindersley

Art in Theory 1900 - 2000: An Anthology of Changing Ideas

Art in Theory 1900 - 2000: An Anthology of Changing Ideas
BESTSELLER NO. 6 in 2022
  • Blackwell Publishing

Art History: A Very Short Introduction

Art History: A Very Short Introduction
BESTSELLER NO. 7 in 2022
  • Oxford University Press

An Introduction to Art Criticism: Histories, Strategies, Voices

An Introduction to Art Criticism: Histories, Strategies, Voices
BESTSELLER NO. 8 in 2022
  • Used Book in Good Condition

Art: Context And Criticism

Art: Context And Criticism
BESTSELLER NO. 9 in 2022
  • Used Book in Good Condition

Becoming Past: History in Contemporary Art

Becoming Past: History in Contemporary Art
BESTSELLER NO. 10 in 2022

Fifty Years of 60 Minutes: The Inside Story of Television's Most Influential News Broadcast

Fifty Years of 60 Minutes: The Inside Story of Television's Most Influential News Broadcast
BESTSELLER NO. 11 in 2022

The Art of Art History: A Critical Anthology (Oxford History of Art)

The Art of Art History: A Critical Anthology (Oxford History of Art)
BESTSELLER NO. 12 in 2022
  • Oxford University Press USA

DC Comics Encyclopedia All-New Edition: The Definitive Guide to the Characters of the DC Universe

DC Comics Encyclopedia All-New Edition: The Definitive Guide to the Characters of the DC Universe
BESTSELLER NO. 13 in 2022
  • DK Publishing Dorling Kindersley

Roberta Smith - the Truth About Artists, Art and Art Criticism, One Critic's View

As the art critic for the New York Times, Roberta Smith speaks with a loud and broad voice.

So many things in our world are becoming less hierarchical; why build in a negative aspect to this part of our culture, where currently the critic is often perceived as somehow elevated, as is more generally the case with writers, other members of the media. Why must we have it in our mind that art criticism is thought of in such binary term - one is either bad or good. The best writers know that in art as in our culture there are tones and shades along with black and white as a means of expression and do their best to put words to a personal experience with a work of art.As for her own palette, Smith herself openly says she is not interested in the "big picture," or a theoretical grid placed over all of art. In the interview she describes writing on a daily deadline and therefore being forced to translate that experience into words, very quickly. Having said that, Smith also says it's disappointing that in our culture for the most part, art is mysterious. In general there is a lack of a visual literacy. And that, Smith says is what she tries to bring to readers of her work.

I appreciate Smith's work and was both informed and taken aback by some of what she says in this lecture series. I find some contradictions here; why does she ignore the "big picture" while bemoaning the lack of a more widely understood system of visual literacy? Perhaps I misunderstand and there is no contradiction. Whatever the case, the video gets a five-star rating from me.

In an insightful, probing and personal analysis, Roberta Smith delivers this year's AICA/USA Distinguished Critic Lecture at The New School. Under the title "Criticism: A Life Sentence," Smith presents her view of the craft, process and usage of art criticism, and the rising challenges of crisis-management and relevance-maintenance. Roberta Smith is the acclaimed senior art critic for the New York Times. She was born in New York City, raised in Lawrence, Kansas, and earned a B.A. from Grinnell College in 1969. An alumna of the Whitney Museum Independent Study Program, she worked at the Museum of Modern Art and the Paula Cooper Gallery before becoming a professional art critic in the 1970s, contributing to Artforum and serving as a senior editor for Art in America. In 1981 she became art critic for the Village Voice, before moving to the New York Times in 1986. In 2003, the College Art Association honored Smith with the prestigious Frank Jewett Mather Award for Art Criticism. This is the third AICA/USA Distinguished Critic Lecture at The New School, an annual event addressing current issues in the world of art criticism. It is presented by the International Association of Art Critics (AICA: Associations Internationale des Critiques d'Art) in collaboration with the Vera List Center for Art and Politics. The video is long, but it is fascinating if you are interested in the field of art criticism.

The video is on Vimeo at

The video is courtesy The Vera List Center. Founded in 1992 and named in honor of the late philanthropist, the Vera List Center for Art and Politics at The New School is dedicated to serving as a catalyst for the discourse on the role of the arts in society and their relationship to the sociopolitical climate in which they are created. It seeks to achieve this goal by organizing public programs that respond to the pressing social and political issues of our time as they are articulated by the academic community and by visual and performing artists.

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