Art theory and criticism, art critics and theorists

Art theory, art criticism, art theorists and critics, aesthetics, semiotics
A reference guide to websites

See also: Artists  Art journals and blogs  Literary theory, criticism, visual theory

Aesthetics *

Aesthetics Online
Reviews and articles. The American Society for Aesthetics

Aesthetics and the Philosophy of Art
The Indiana University Philosophy Ontology Project

A French aesthetics journal.
Philosophy of aesthetics research papers online.

The British Journal of Aesthetics
An archive of all online content. Oxford Journals

The British Society of Aesthetics
The British Society of Aesthetics (BSA) aims to promote study, research and discussion of the fine arts and related types of experience from a philosophical, psychological, sociological, historical, critical and educational standpoint.

IAEA – International Association of Empirical Aesthetics

American Society of Aesthetics Web Page

Analysis of paintings by master artists, from Beckman to Whistler.

18th French Aesthetics

Art Action Anamnèse
Esthétique, histoire et théorie de l’art contemporain. An international electronic journal on the history and theory of contemporary art, intended for the publication of theoretical analyses by artists. Edited by Jozef Bury.

Journal of Aesthetics and Art Criticism

Wikipedia entry on aesthetics.

Art critics, art criticism *

Analyses and reviews of exhibitions and art works by well-known artists of yesterday and today,
from da Vinci, Rembrandt through to Picasso and Rothko. From Artchive.

Art critics by nationality, Wikipedia entries.

International Association of Art Critics

Wikipedia entry on art criticism.

A list of famous art critics, from Wikipedia.

Well-known art critics, theorists and philosophers *

See also: The Wikipedia list of art critics.

Adorno, Theodor

Theodor W. Adorno, Wikipedia entry.

The Theodor W. Adorno Archive at the Institute of Social Research in Frankfurt

Alex Ross on Adorno, an article from The New Yorker,

Baudelaire, Charles

Charles Baudelaire
Wikipedia entry.

Works by Charles Baudelaire.
Project Gutenberg (French)

Berenson, Bernard

Bernard Berenson

Bernard Berenson Wikipedia entry.

Berger, John

John Berger Wikipedia entry.

Clark, Kenneth

Kenneth Clark
Wikipedia entry.

Kenneth Clark’s Civilization documentary. YouTube

Danto, Arthur C.

Arthur C Danto. 
Art, Philosophy and the Philosophy of Art

Arthur Danto
Wikipedia entry.

Deleuze, Gilles

Gilles Deleuze Wikipedia entry.

Greenberg, Clement

Clement Greenberg
Wikipedia entry.

Hughes, Robert

Robert Hughes
Wikipedia entry.

A full index of Robert Hughes reviews in Time magazine.

Lippard, Lucy R.

Lucy R. Lippard
Wikipedia entry.

Lucy Lippard
A finding aid to the Lucy R. Lippard Papers, 1940s-2006, bulk 1968-1990, in the Archives of American Art.

Read, Herbert

Herbert Read
Wikipedia entry on Herbert Read.

Reynolds, Joshua

Full text of  Sir Joshua Reynolds’s Seven Discourses on Art.

Ruskin, John

John Ruskin
Wikipedia entry.

Ruskin Collection, Sheffield, U.K.
John Ruskin paintings, drawings, ornithological prints, medieval manuscripts, books and architectural plastercasts assembled by John Ruskin.

Works by John Ruskin.
Project Gutenberg

Schapiro, Meyer

Meyer Schapiro
Wikipedia entry.

Sewell, Brian

Brian Sewell’s homepage.

Brian’s Sewell’s art columns in The Evening Standard, an archive.

Brian Sewell. Wikipedia entry.

Žižek, Slavo

Slavoj Žižek
Wikipedia entry on Slavoj Zizek.

Slavoj Zizek at The European Graduate School.

International Journal of Žižek Studies


Articles from Google Scholar
Search specifically for scholarly literature, including peer-reviewed papers, theses, books, preprints, abstracts and technical reports from all broad areas of research.

Art theory. Notebook  – From Contexts to Ideas
Valuable Art References and Resources, including Dimensions, Approaches, Relationships, Texts. 


de Bono, Edward. Edward de Bono’s official homepage.
Regarded by many as a leading authority in the world in the field of creative thinking as a skill.

Blogs and journals *

Blast Theory

Modern Kicks

Theory Now

A journal of Post Modern Culture

Proboscis, UK. COIL Journal. 
The relations between the performing arts, film and video. Searching, developing and facilitating creative innovation.

Virose Journal of Art Theory and Practice
Includes links to art theory webpages.

Bureau of Public Secrets
Essays by poets and writers on politics, society and the media.


Colleges, schools *

Department of Art Theory & Practice (AT&P) at the Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences, Northwestern University

The European Graduate School. Media and Communication
Information about classes, faculty, history, education, and research at The European Graduate School.

European Graduate School video lectures by celebrated theorists and academics.


Cyberspace and Critical Theory (from Brown University).


Diffusion is a new publishing series utilizing the specific advantages of digital media to create a new means of combining \ critical thinking and creativity. Commissioning original writing on the intersections between live or performance art and film, video and new media technologies.


The European Graduate School – Media and Communication
Information about classes, faculty, history, education, and research at The European Graduate School.

European Graduate School video lectures by celebrated theorists and academics.

International Association of Art Critics


Journals. See: Art journals and magazines 

Journal of Aesthetics and Art Criticism


Lectures *

European Graduate School video lectures by celebrated theorists and academics.

Lectures. Lectures recorded on video by leading critics, theorists and philosophers.


Literary theory, theoreticians; a list of websites.


Mediamatic Foundation is a cultural institution. They are interested in cultural developments that go hand in hand with new technologies, and in new technologies that cause cultural development.

Semiotics *

Semiotics, Wikipedia entry.

Semiotics of the Web
Article by Phillipe Codognet.

Semiotics of the Web
Article by Phillipe Codognet.

Situationalism *

Situationalism, situationalists.
Bureau of Public Secrets. Essays by poets and writers on politics, society and the media.

Situationalist International Text Library


The Slought Foundation
is a not-for-profit organization in Philadelphia that broadly encourages new futures for contemporary life through public programs featuring international artists, architects, and theorists. Our programs are purposely critical and provocative in an intimate and participatory environment, and we invite our audiences to consider criticality itself as a source of dynamism and enjoyment. The site includes several hundred audio recordings of interviews, lectures and discussions.

Wikipedia entry on Art Criticism.

Theoreticians, writers on art theory, art historians *


Adorno, Theodor

Theodor Adorno. Wikipedia entry.
Theodor Adorno.
Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy section on Theodor Adorno.
Theodor Adorno Internet Archive


Bachelard, Gaston

Gaston Bachelard Wikipedia entry.

Barthes, Roland

Roland Barthes, Wikipedia entry.
Roland Barthes. UbuWeb 
Oscillation by Roland Barthes
Barthes page from the Johns Hopkins Guide to Literary Theory (registration needed)
Incidents by Roland Barthes,
Free from the University of California Press.
Roland Barthes
Roland Barthes: “Comment vivre ensemble” (“How to live together”), Lectures, 1977 and “Le Neutre” (“The Neutral”), Lectures, 1978, at the Collège de France.
Elements of Semiology
The first half of the book, from

Baudrillard, Jean

Jean Baudrillard faculty page at the European Graduate School.
Jean Baudrillard, Wikipedia entry.

Benjamin, Walter

The Work of Art in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction
Index of Walter Benjamin Resources from the Walter Benjamin Research Syndicate.
Walter Benjamin, Wikipedia entry.
The Work of Art in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction PDF (German text)


Deleuze, Gilles

Deleuze, Gilles/ Felix Guattari webpage links, resources.
Gilles Deleuze, Wikipedia entry.
Gilles Deleuze’s Bergsonian Film Project
Gilles Deleuze. Internet links from
Gilles Deleuze. European Graduate School of Media and Communicatons

Derrida, Jacques

Jacques Derrida.
Open Directory Project Jacques Derrida web links.
Jacques Derrida interviews.
Jacques Derrida on YouTube.
Derrida in French and Spanish
Jacques Derrida. Wikipedia entry.
Site Jacques Derrida in French.
Archives. Guide to the Jacques Derrida Papers.
Special Collections and Archives, The UC Irvine Libraries, Irvine, California.

Foucault, Michel

Michel Foucault Homepage, a digital archive of texts and news.
Portail Michel Foucault
Foucault Studies, a journal.
Materiali Foucaultiani
An electronic, refereed, international journal in English, French and Italian.
Michel Foucault, Wikipedia entry.

Horkheimer, Max

Max Horkheimer

Hughes, Robert

Robert Hughes, Wikipedia entry.


Jakobsen, Roman

Roman Jakobson. Wikipedia entry.
Six Lectures on Sound and Meaning
First and sixth of Jakobson’s lectures on Sound and Meaning.

Kostelanetz, Richard

Richard Kostelanetz homepage.
Richard Kostelanetz. Wikipedia entry.

Lacan, Jacques

Jacques Lacan links, internet resources.
Jacques Lacan, El Web de Jacques Lacan.

Lucie-Smith, Edward

Edward Lucie-Smith
The website of  art historian Edward Lucie-Smith.


Ruskin, John

John Ruskin: An Overview.  The Victorian Web
Ruskin criticism, writings on Ruskin. Brown University
John Ruskin, Wikipedia entry.
Ruskin Museum (Coniston)
John Ruskin. The Stones of Venice Venetian Index

Said, Edward

Edward Said Archives (unofficial site).

Schapiro, Meyer

Meyer Schapiro, Wikipedia entry.
Meyer Schapiro. Dictionary of Art Historians

Sewell, Brian

Brian Sewell’s homepage.
Brian’s Sewell’s art columns in The Evening Standard, an archive.
Brian Sewell. Wikipedia entry.

Virilio, Paul

Paul Virilio. The Art of the Motor
Paul Virilio. Mediamente

Wilde, Oscar

Oscar Wilde: Etexts from Project Gutenberg.
Oscar Wilde: essays and lectures.