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John Edward McKenzie Lucie-Smith (born 27 February 1933) is a British writer, poet, art critic, curator, broadcaster and author of exhibition catalogues.


Lucie-Smith was born in Kingston, Jamaica
Kingston, Jamaica
Kingston is the capital and largest city of Jamaica, located on the southeastern coast of the island. It faces a natural harbour protected by the Palisadoes, a long sand spit which connects the town of Port Royal and the Norman Manley International Airport to the rest of the island...

, moving to the United Kingdom
United Kingdom
The United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern IrelandIn the United Kingdom and Dependencies, other languages have been officially recognised as legitimate autochthonous languages under the European Charter for Regional or Minority Languages...

 in 1946. He studied at The King's School, Canterbury
The King's School, Canterbury
The King's School is a British co-educational independent school for both day and boarding pupils in the historic English cathedral city of Canterbury in Kent. It is a member of the Headmasters' and Headmistresses' Conference and the Eton Group....

, and after a little time in Paris he also studied at Merton College, Oxford
Merton College, Oxford
Merton College is one of the constituent colleges of the University of Oxford in England. Its foundation can be traced back to the 1260s when Walter de Merton, chancellor to Henry III and later to Edward I, first drew up statutes for an independent academic community and established endowments to...


After serving in the Royal Air Force
Royal Air Force
The Royal Air Force is the aerial warfare service branch of the British Armed Forces. Formed on 1 April 1918, it is the oldest independent air force in the world...

 and working as a copywriter, he became a full-time writer. He succeeded Philip Hobsbaum
Philip Hobsbaum
Philip Dennis Hobsbaum was a British teacher, poet and critic.-Life:Hobsbaum was born into a Polish Jewish family in London, and brought up in Bradford, in Yorkshire. He read English at Downing College, Cambridge, where he was taught and heavily influenced by F. R. Leavis...

 in organising The Group
The Group (literature)
The Group was an informal group of poets who met in London from the mid 1950s to the mid 1960s. As a poetic movement in Great Britain it is often seen as a being the successor to The Movement.-Cambridge:...

, a London-centred poets' group.

At the beginning of the 1980s he conducted several series of interviews, Conversations with Artists, for BBC Radio 3
BBC Radio 3
BBC Radio 3 is a national radio station operated by the BBC within the United Kingdom. Its output centres on classical music and opera, but jazz, world music, drama, culture and the arts also feature. The station is the world’s most significant commissioner of new music, and its New Generation...



Poetry and fiction
  • The Fantasy Poets: Number Twenty Five (1954)
  • A Tropical Childhood and Other Poems (1961)
  • Confessions & Histories (1964)
  • Penguin Modern Poets 6 (1964) with Jack Clemo
    Jack Clemo
    Reginald John Clemo was a British poet and writer who was strongly associated both with his native Cornwall and his strong Christian belief. His work was considered to be visionary and inspired by the rugged Cornish landscape...

     and George MacBeth
    George MacBeth
    George Mann MacBeth was a Scottish poet and novelist. He was born in Shotts, Lanarkshire.When he was three, his family moved to Sheffield....

  • A Game of French and English (1965) poems
  • Jazz for the N.U.F. (1965)
  • Mystery in the Universe: Notes on An Interview with Allen Ginsberg
    Allen Ginsberg
    Irwin Allen Ginsberg was an American poet and one of the leading figures of the Beat Generation in the 1950s. He vigorously opposed militarism, materialism and sexual repression...

  • The Penguin Book of Elizabethan Verse (1965) editor
  • A Choice of Browning's
    Robert Browning
    Robert Browning was an English poet and playwright whose mastery of dramatic verse, especially dramatic monologues, made him one of the foremost Victorian poets.-Early years:...

  • Five Great Odes by Paul Claudel
    Paul Claudel
    Paul Claudel was a French poet, dramatist and diplomat, and the younger brother of the sculptor Camille Claudel. He was most famous for his verse dramas, which often convey his devout Catholicism.-Life:...

    (1967) translator
  • Borrowed Emblems (1967)
  • Jonah: Selected Poems of Jean-Paul de Dadelsen (1967) translator
  • Silence (1967) poetry
  • The Penguin Book of Satirical Verse (1967) editor
  • The Little Press Movement in England and America (1968)
  • More Beasts for Guillaume Apollinaire
    Guillaume Apollinaire
    Wilhelm Albert Włodzimierz Apolinary Kostrowicki, known as Guillaume Apollinaire was a French poet, playwright, short story writer, novelist, and art critic born in Italy to a Polish mother....

  • Snow Poem (1968)
  • Towards Silence (1968)
  • Egyptian Ode (1969)
  • Holding Your Eight Hands (1969) science fiction verse anthology, editor
  • Six Kinds of Creature (1969)
  • Six More Beasts (1970)
  • British Poetry since 1945 (1970) anthology, editor
  • The Rhino (1971) with Ralph Steadman
    Ralph Steadman
    Ralph Steadman is a British cartoonist and caricaturist who is perhaps best known for his work with American author Hunter S. Thompson.-Personal life:Steadman was born in Wallasey, Cheshire, and brought up in Towyn, North Wales...

  • A Garland from the Greek (1971)
  • French Poetry Today: a bilingual anthology (1971) editor with Simon Watson Taylor
    Simon Watson Taylor (surrealist)
    Simon Watson Taylor was an English actor and translator, often associated with the Surrealist movement. He was born in Wallingford, Oxfordshire on 15 May 1923 and died in London on 4 November 2005....

  • Primer of Experimental Poetry 1, 1870-1922. Volume I (1971) editor
  • Two Poems of the Night (1972) with Ralph Steadman
    Ralph Steadman
    Ralph Steadman is a British cartoonist and caricaturist who is perhaps best known for his work with American author Hunter S. Thompson.-Personal life:Steadman was born in Wallasey, Cheshire, and brought up in Towyn, North Wales...

  • The Well-Wishers (1974)
  • The Dark Pageant (1977)
  • One Man Show (1981) with Beryl Cook
    Beryl Cook
    Beryl Cook, OBE was an English artist best known for comical paintings of people she encountered in her home city. She had no formal training and did not take up painting until middle age.- Early life :...

  • Private View (1981) with Beryl Cook
  • Bertie and the Big Red Ball (1982) with Beryl Cook
  • Beasts with Bad Morals (1984)
  • Poems for Clocks (1986)
  • Changing Shape: New and Selected Poems (2002)

  • Rubens (1961)
  • What is a Painting? (1966)
  • Liverpool Scene: Recorded Live Along the Mersey Beat (1967) editor
  • Sergei De Diaghileff
    Sergei Diaghilev
    Sergei Pavlovich Diaghilev , usually referred to outside of Russia as Serge, was a Russian art critic, patron, ballet impresario and founder of the Ballets Russes, from which many famous dancers and choreographers would arise.-Early life and career:...

    (1968) with Anthony Howell
    Anthony Howell (performance artist)
    Anthony Howell is an English performance artist. He was a founder of the performance company The Theatre of Mistakes, in the 1970s and 1980s.-External links:*http://www.anthonyhowell.org...

  • Thinking About Art: Critical Essays (1968)
  • Movements in Art since 1945 (1969)
  • Art in Britain 1969-70 (1970) with Patricia White
  • A Concise History of French Painting (1971)
  • Eroticism in Western Art (1972) revised as Sexuality in Western Art, 1991
  • Symbolist Art (1972)
  • Movements in Modern Art (1973) with Donald Carroll
    Donald Carroll
    Donald Carroll was an American author, editor, poet, columnist and humourist.-Early life:Born in Dallas, Texas in 1940, he was educated at the University of Texas, where he founded the poetry quarterly Quagga - which published the work of Richard Wilbur, e.e...

  • The First London Catalogue (1974)
  • Late Modern: The Visual Arts Since 1945 (1975)
  • The Invented Eye: Masterpieces of Photography, 1839-1914 (1975)
  • The Waking Dream Fantasy and the Surreal in Graphic Art 1450-1900 (1975) with Aline Jacquot
  • The Burnt Child: An Autobiography (1975)
  • World of the Makers: Today's Master Craftsmen and Craftswomen (1975)
  • How the Rich Lived: The Painter as Witness 1870-1914 (1976) with Celestine Dars
  • Fantin-Latour (1977)
  • Art Today: From Abstract Expressionism to Superrealism (1977) US as Art Now (1977)
  • Joan of Arc
    Joan of Arc
    Saint Joan of Arc, nicknamed "The Maid of Orléans" , is a national heroine of France and a Roman Catholic saint. A peasant girl born in eastern France who claimed divine guidance, she led the French army to several important victories during the Hundred Years' War, which paved the way for the...

  • Toulouse-Lautrec
    Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec
    Henri Marie Raymond de Toulouse-Lautrec-Monfa or simply Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec was a French painter, printmaker, draughtsman, and illustrator, whose immersion in the colourful and theatrical life of fin de siècle Paris yielded an œuvre of exciting, elegant and provocative images of the modern...

  • Work and Struggle: The Painter as Witness, 1870-1914 (1977) with Celestine Dars
  • Outcasts of the Sea: Pirates and Piracy (1978)
  • A Concise History of Furniture (1979)
  • A Cultural Calendar of the 20th Century (1979)
  • Super Realism (1979)
  • Art in the Seventies (1980)
  • The Story of Craft: The Craftsman's Role in Society (1981)
  • The Art of Caricature (1981)
  • The Body Images of the Nude (1981)
  • The Sculpture of Helaine Blumenfeld (1982)
  • A History of Industrial Design (1983)
  • The Thames & Hudson Dictionary of Art Terms (1984)
  • Nudes and Flowers: 40 Watercolours by David Hutter (1984)
  • Steve Hawley (1984)
  • Art of the 1930s: The Age of Anxiety (1985)
  • American Art Now (1985)
  • Lives of the Great Twentieth Century Artists (1985)
  • The Male Nude: A Modern View (1985) with François De Louville (this book features Hockney
    David Hockney
    David Hockney, CH, RA, is an English painter, draughtsman, printmaker, stage designer and photographer, who is based in Bridlington, Yorkshire and Kensington, London....

    , Kitaj
    R. B. Kitaj
    Ronald Brooks Kitaj was an American artist who spent much of his life in England.-Life:Born in Chagrin Falls, Ohio, near Cleveland, United States, his Hungarian father, Sigmund Benway, left his mother, Jeanne Brooks, shortly after he was born and they were divorced in 1934. His mother was the...

     & Shaw
    David Shaw (painter)
    David Shaw , painter, print-maker and lecturer.David Douglas Ernest Shaw, the son of William Shaw by his wife Alice Frid, was born, lived and died in Kent....

    ), etal.
  • Michael Leonard: Paintings (1985) with Lincoln Kirstein
    Lincoln Kirstein
    Lincoln Edward Kirstein was an American writer, impresario, art connoisseur, and cultural figure in New York City...

  • American Craft Today: Poetry of the Physical (1986) with Paul J. Smith
  • Sculpture Since 1945 (1987)
  • The Self Portrait: A Modern View (1987) with Sean Kelly
    Sean Kelly
    Sean Kelly may refer to:* Sean Kelly , Professor of philosophy at Harvard University* Sean Kelly , Irish professional road bicycle racer...

  • The New British Painting (1988) with Carolyn Cohen and Judith Higgins
  • The Essential Osbert Lancaster : An Anthology in Brush and Pen (1988) editor
  • Impressionist Women (1989)
  • Art in the Eighties (1990)
  • Art Deco Painting (1990)
  • Fletcher Benton
    Fletcher Benton
    Fletcher Benton is a kinetic artist from San Francisco, California.-Life:He graduated from Miami University, Oxford, Ohio with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in 1956...

    (1990) with Paul J. Karlstrom
  • Jean Rustin
    Jean Rustin
    Jean Rustin is a French painter, and an important figurative artist.-Biography:He was born at Montigny-lès-Metz in 3 March 1928. At the age of 19 he moved to Paris where he studied at the School of Fine Arts, in the studio of Untersteller. During the 1950s he was mainly preoccupied with abstract...

  • Harry Holland: The Painter and Reality (1991)
  • Keith Vaughan
    Keith Vaughan
    John Keith Vaughan was a British painter.Born in Selsey, Vaughan attended Christ's Hospital school. He worked in an advertising agency until the war, when as a conscientious objector he joined the St John's Ambulance. In 1941 he was conscripted into the Non-Combatant Corps. Vaughan was self-taught...

     1912-1977: Drawings of the Young Male
  • Wendy Taylor (1992)
  • Andres Nagel (1992)
  • Alexander (1992)
  • Art and Civilization (1992)
  • The Faber Book of Art Anecdotes (1992) editor
  • Luis Caballero: Paintings & Drawings (1992)
  • 20th Century Latin American Art (1993)
  • British Art Now - A Personal View (1993) with Zsuzsi Roboz
    Zsuzsi Roboz
    -Biography:Zsuzsi Roboz was born in Hungary in 1939. She later moved to London, where she pursued a career in painting. Some of her paintings are exhibited at the National Portrait Gallery and at the Tate....

     and Max Wykes-Joyce
    Max Wykes-Joyce
    Max Wykes-Joyce is a British art and literary critic.- Biography :In the Second World War, Wykes-Joyce served in the Royal Air Force. He was a member of the International Association of Art Critics and worked as an art critic for the International Herald Tribune from 1967 to 1987...

  • Fritz Scholder
    Fritz Scholder
    Fritz Scholder was one of the most renowned Native American artists of the 20th century. Born in Breckenridge, Minnesota, Scholder was one-quarter Luiseño, a California Mission tribe. Scholder's most influential works were post-modern in sensibility and somewhat Pop Art in execution as he sought...

    , A Survey of Paintings 1970-1993
  • Race, Sex and Gender in Contemporary Art: The Rise of Minority Culture (1994)
  • Elisabeth Frink
    Elisabeth Frink
    Dame Elisabeth Jean Frink, DBE, CH, RA was an English sculptor and printmaker...

    : A Portrait
  • John Kirby: The Company of Strangers (1994)
  • American Realism (1994)
  • Art Today (1995)
  • Visual Arts in the 20th Century (1996)
  • Leonardo Nierman
    Leonardo Nierman
    Leonardo Nierman Mendelejis is a Mexican artist and sculptor. Often referred to as the Jackson Pollock of Latin art, his work is known for its vibrant colour....

    : 1987-1994 Painting/Sculpture/Tapestry
  • Albert Paley
    Albert Paley
    Albert Paley is a modernist American metal sculptor, who was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1944. He earned both a BFA and an MFA from the Tyler School of Art in Philadelphia. Paley initially worked as a goldsmith and moved to Rochester, New York in 1969 to teach at the Rochester Institute...

  • Ars Erotica: An Arousing History of Erotic Art (1997)
  • Dunbar Mining The Surfaces (1997)
  • Glenys Barton (1997) with Adrian Flowers and Robin Gibson
    Robin Warwick Gibson
    Robin Warwick Gibson, OBE was a British gallery curator and art historian best known for his work at the National Portrait Gallery in London between 1968 and 2001, including eight years as Chief Curator...

  • Impressionist Women: Reality Observed (1997)
  • Adam: The Male Figure in Art (1998)
  • Chadwick
    Lynn Chadwick
    Lynn Russell Chadwick CBE was an English artist and sculptor trained as an architectural draughtsman,but began producing metal mobile sculpture during the 1940s. Chadwick was born in London and went to Merchant Taylor's School.Chadwick was commissioned to produce 3 works for the 1951 Festival of...

  • Zoo: Animals in Art (1998)
  • Lives of the Great 20th Century Artists (1999)
  • Sean Henry - the Centre of the Universe (1999) with Beatrice F. Buscaroli
  • Women and Art: Contested Territory (1999) with Judy Chicago
    Judy Chicago
    Judy Chicago is a feminist artist, author, and educator.Chicago has been creating artwork since the mid 1960s. Her earliest forays into the art world coincided with the rise of Minimalism, which she eventually abandoned in favor of art she believed to have greater content and relevance...

  • Judy Chicago: An American Vision (2000)
  • Flesh and Stone (2000)
  • Art Tomorrow (2002)
  • Roberto Marquez
    Roberto Márquez
    Roberto Marquez is a painter originally from Mexico. He later moved to Arizona, and then to New York. His paintings incorporate dreamlike images from literature, Mexican history, and the painter himself.-References:...

  • David Remfry
    David Remfry
    David Remfry, MBE RA is a British painter currently living in New York City. Best known for his life-size watercolors of urban scenes and nightclubs, his work is held by many museums in the United States of America and United Kingdom.-Exhibitions:Remfry's work is based on the figure...

    : Dancers
    (2003) with Dore Ashton and Carter Ratcliff
  • Color of Time: The Photographs of Sean Scully (2004) with Arthur C. Danto and Mia Fineman
  • Censoring the Body (2007) (ISBN 1905422539)

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