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EDWARD LUCIE-SMITH

Edward Lucie-Smith was born in 1933 at Kingston, Jamaica. He moved to Britain in 1946, and was educated at King's School, Canterbury and Merton College, Oxford, where he read History. Subsequently he was an Education Officer in the R.A.F., then worked in advertising for ten years before becoming a freelance author. He is now an internationally known art critic and historian, who is also a published poet  (winner of the John Llewellyn Rhys Memorial Prize), an anthologist and a practicing photographer.

He has published more than a hundred books in all, including a biography of Joan of Arc (recently republished by Penguin in paperback as a 'classic biography'), a historical novel, and more than sixty books about art, chiefly but not exclusively about contemporary work. He is generally regarded as the most prolific and the most widely published writer on art, with sales for some titles totaling over 250,000 copies. A number of his art books, among them Movements in Art since 1945 , Visual Arts of the 20th Century, A Dictionary of Art Terms and Art Today are used as standard texts throughout the world. Movements in Art since 1945, first published in 1969, has been continuously in print since that date, and has been completely updated five times since first publication. A new edition was published in March 2001. It has appeared in a large number of languages – among them Chinese, Arabic and Persian.

He has been curator of a number of exhibitions, including three Peter Moores Projects at the Walker Art Gallery Liverpool, (surveys of contemporary British art), The New British Painting (which toured US venues in 1988-90) and two artist retrospectives, Lin Emery and George Dunbar, both for the New Orleans Museum of Art. He has been a jury member for the John Moores prize exhibition in Liverpool, and for biennials in Cairo, Sharjah, Alexandria and Belgrade. He was curator of 'New British Art'. at the Orion Gallery in  Ostend (April-June 2001), of 'New Classicism: Artists of the Ideal', at Palazzo Forti, Verona (April-September 2002), and of 'Gods Becoming Men' at the Frissiras Museum, Athens [July-September 2004)

He travels and lectures widely. Among the countries where he has lectured are Argentina, Colombia, Brazil, Slovenia, Australia, New Zealand and [last August and for the fourth time] Iran. He also has strong links with the contemporary Chinese art world and has written catalogue essays for solo exhibitions by leading Chinese artists at the Beijing National Gallery and the Museum of Modern Art in Shanghai.

His photographs have been the subject of solo exhibitions in London, Brussels, Barcelona, Tel Aviv, Rome, Bologna, Istanbul, Helsinki, Stockholm, Kuala Lumpur, St Petersburg, Ljubljana, Rio de Janeiro and Skopje. A book of his photographs, 'Flesh & Stone', was published by the French imprint Ipso Facto Publishers, in October 2000. There was an American museum show at the Butler Institute of Art, Youngstown, Ohio, in February/March 2003. His work as a photographer is included in the collections of the National Portrait Gallery, London; the Reina Sofia Museum, Madrid; the New Orleans Museum of Art; the Butler Institute of Art, Youngstown, Ohio; the Herzog August Bibliothek, Wolfenbüttel, the Frissiras Museum, Athens, the Museum of Contemporary Art, Skopje, and the City Art Gallery, Helsinki.

 

Upcoming exhibition:

Photographs by Edward Lucie-Smith at the National Gallery of Jamaica (29 November 2009)


Exhibitions and Public Collections:

Solo Exhibitions
1998 - Zlato Oko, Novi Sad,Vojvoidina, Serbia
1998 - Adonis Art, London
1999 - Art Kiosk, Brussels
1999 - Rivington Gallery, London
2000 - Toni Berini Gallery, Barcelona
2001 - Rosenfeld Gallery, Tel-Aviv
2001 - Plus 1, Plus 2 Gallery, London
2002 - Il Polittico, Rome
2002  - D-137 Gallery, St Petersburg
2003 - Butler Institute of Art, Youngstown, Ohio
2003 - Valentine Willie Fine Art, Kuala Lumpur
2003 - Albemarle Gallery, London
2003 - Art Gallery, University of Buckingham, England
2003 - Labiola Gallery, Ljubljana
2004 - O'Connor, A Gallery, Toronto
2004 - Museu de Arte Moderna, Rio de Janeiro
2005 - Wunderkammer, Valencia
2005 - Museum of Contemporary Art, Skopje, Macedonia
2006 - Galerija Svetega Donalda, Piran, Slovenia
2007 - O’Connor, A Gallery, Toronto
2007 - City Art Museum, Helsinki
2007 - Gallery Kontrast, Stockholm
2007 - Piramid Sanat, Istanbul
2007 – Galleria Forni, Bologna
2008 – Grafiki Kolektiv, Belgrade


Mixed Exhibitions
2000 - 'Un Zizi pour le Nouvel An', Art Kiosk, Brussels
2000 - Three British Artists. Il Polittico, Rome
2000 - Man & Woman, Museum of New Art, Parnu, Estonia
2001 - Typical Men - Djangoly Art Gallery, University of Nottingham; toured to the Minories Art Gallery, Colchester and the Gallery of Modern Art, Glasgow
2004 - Gods Becoming Men, Frissiras Museum, Athens
2005 - Classicism Subverted, Studios Plat du Jour, Paris, toured to New Orleans
2006 - Quindici Anni, Scuderie Albobrandini, Frascati
2007 - Foto90, Museu de Arte Moderna, Rio de Janeiro
2007 - Galerie David G
Guiraud, Paris
2007 - Galerie Werkstatt, Berlin
2007 – Filosofia dei Fiori, il Polittico, Rome
2009 – Galerie Werkstatt, Berlin


Public Collections
National Portrait Gallery, London
Museo Nacional Centro Reina Sofia, Madrid
New Orleans Museum of Art
The Butler Institute of Art, Younngstown, Ohio
Herzog August Bibliothek, Wolfenbüttel,
 Germany
Frissiras Museum, Athens
Museu de Arte Moderna, Rio de Janeiro
Museum of New Art, Parnu, Estonia
Museum of Contemporary Art, Skopje, Macedonia
City Art Museum, Helsinki
 

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