London, b.1926

John Berger

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,...

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Biography

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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John Berger's drawing, Courtesy of the artist

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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

Publications

  • 2017

    Smoke (with Selçuk Demirel)

  • 2016

    Lapwing & Fox (Conversations between John Berger and John Christie)

  • Confabulations (Essays)

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Education

  • 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)