John Berger
England, b. 1926


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John Peter Berger was an English art critic, novelist, painter and poet. His novel G. won the 1972 Booker Prize, and his essay on art criticism, Ways of Seeing, written as an accompaniment to a BBC series, is often used as a university text. Berger began his career as a painter and exhibited works at a number of London galleries in the late 1940s. His art has been shown at the Wildenstein, Redfern and Leicester Galleries in London. Berger taught drawing at St Mary's teacher training college. He later became an art critic, publishing many essays and reviews in the New Statesman. His Marxist humanism and his strongly stated opinions on modern art combined to make him a controversial figure early in his career. As a statement of political commitment, he titled an early collection of essays Permanent Red.

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Curriculum Vitae

Educations
1947
Chelsea School of Art, London
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Publications
2017
Smoke (with Selçuk Demirel)
2016
Lapwing & Fox (Conversations between John Berger and John Christie)
Confabulations (Essays)
Landscapes: John Berger on Art (Tom Overton, ed.)
John by Jean: Fifty Years of Friendship (Jean Mohr, ed.)
A Sparrow's Journey: John Berger Reads Andrey Platonov (CD: 44:34 & 81-page book with Robert Chandler and Gareth Evans), London: House Sparrow Press in association with the London Review Bookshop
2015
Portraits: John Berger on Artists (Tom Overton, ed.)
Cuatro horizontes (Four Horizons) (with Sister Lucia Kuppens, Sister Telchilde Hinkley and John Christie)
2014
Flying Skirts: An Elegy (with Yves Berger)
2013
Understanding a Photograph (Geoff Dyer, ed.)
2012
Cataract (with Selçuk Demirel)
2011
Railtracks (with Anne Michaels)
Bento's Sketchbook
2010
Lying Down to Sleep (with Katya Berger)
2009
Why Look at Animals?
From I to J (with Isabel Coixet)
2007
Hold Everything Dear: Dispatches on Survival and Resistance (2nd ed. 2016)
The Red Tenda of Bologna
War with No End (with Naomi Klein, Hanif Kureishi, Arundhati Roy, Ahdaf Soueif, Joe Sacco and Haifa Zangana)
2005
Berger on Drawing
Here is Where We Meet
2004
My Beautiful (with Marc Trivier)
2001
Selected Essays (Geoff Dyer, ed.)
The Shape of a Pocket
I Send You This Cadmium Red: A Correspondence between John Berger and John Christie (with John Christie)
1999
At the Edge of the World (with Jean Mohr)
1998
Isabelle: A Story in Shorts (with Nella Bielski)
1996
Titian: Nymph and Shepherd (with Katya Berger)
1994
Albrecht Dürer: Watercolours and Drawings
1993
The Sense of Sight
1992
Keeping a Rendezvous
1985
The White Bird (U.S. title: The Sense of Sight)
1984
And Our Faces, My Heart, Brief as Photos
1982
Another Way of Telling (with Jean Mohr)
1980
About Looking
1975
A Seventh Man (with Jean Mohr)
1972
The Look of Things: Selected Essays and Articles
Ways of Seeing (with Mike Dibb, Sven Blomberg, Chris Fox and Richard Hollis)
1969
Art and Revolution: Ernst Neizvestny And the Role of the Artist in the U.S.S.R
The Moment of Cubism and Other Essays
1967
A Fortunate Man (with Jean Mohr)
1965
The Success and Failure of Picasso
1960
Permanent Red (Published in the United States in altered form in 1962 as Toward Reality: Essays in Seeing)
1958
Marcel Frishman (with George Besson)
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John Berger's Sketchbook