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John Berger

London, b.1926

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...

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...

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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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Art Critic / Documentary Photography / Drawings / Language / Photography / Portraits / Publications / Text / Works on paper

CURRICULUM VITAE

Education

  • 1947
    Chelsea School of Art, London

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Curriculum Vitae

Educations

  • 1947
    Chelsea School of Art, London

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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