John Berger, Art Critic Known For 'Ways of Seeing', Remembered

  • John Berger

    John Berger

Influential English art critic, essayist, poet, playwright and novelist John Berger, who lived mostly in France, has died at age 90. His 1970s Ways of Seeing BBC television series, also a book, opened up new ideas about viewing art and culture.

Among his many publications, Berger's novel G. won the Booker Prize in 1972.

"Nothing in the nature around us is evil," Berger wrote in an essay. "This needs to be repeated since one of the human ways of talking oneself into inhuman acts is to cite the supposed cruelty of nature."

A few more Berger quotes as compiled by the Guardian:

"The relation between what we see and what we know is never settled. Each evening we see the sun set. We know that the earth is turning away from it. Yet the knowledge, the explanation, never quite fits the sight.”

"What makes photography a strange invention – with unforeseeable consequences – is that its primary raw materials are light and time.”

"You painted a naked woman because you enjoyed looking at her, put a mirror in her hand and you called the painting Vanity, thus morally condemning the woman whose nakedness you had depicted for your own pleasure.”

More News Feed Headlines

The Sackler Courtyard, V&A Exhibition Road Quarter.  Image © Hufton + Crow

The OxyContin Fortune Bankrolling Museums

  • October 19, 2017 22:22

Esquire details the little-known connection between a family fortune built on the pain ...

Read More

Karen Pence unveils her initiative: Art Therapy: Healing with the HeART

Karen Pence Explains Art Therapy for Her Second Lady Platform

  • October 18, 2017 17:15

Second Lady Karen Pence brought 100 pounds of clay with her to hurricane-ravaged Puerto Rico. ...

Read More

Norman Rockwell’s Shuffleton’s Barbershop (1950)

Rockwell Family Presses for Berkshire Museum to Halt Art Sales

  • October 17, 2017 13:13

Members of Norman Rockwell's family met with the Massachusetts attorney general's office last ...

Read More

Albert Bierstadt, The Domes of Yosemite

15-Foot Bierstadt Painting 'The Domes of Yosemite' Travels to Florida

  • October 16, 2017 15:41

The largest known painting by American master Albert Bierstadt (1830–1902) will be exhibited in ...

Read More

Related Press Releases

Related Events from ArtfixDaily Calendar

 

ArtfixDaily Artwire