John Berger – Critics Credo

Following the death of art critic John Berger, ArtReview revisits the critic’s early thoughts on art criticism, from 1955

By John Berger

During 1955, Art News and Review (as ArtReview was then called) published a series of opinion pieces – under the common title ‘Critics Creed’ – by art critics on how they understood the role of criticism. In his contribution (titled ‘Critics Credo’) Berger reflects on the nature of ‘public’ criticism, on the difference between interpretation and judgement, and on what makes criticism more than a merely subjective activity. More than sixty years on, Berger's forthright position still resonates today.Two quite different…

Want to read more?

As an unregistered user you can view 5 articles per month.

You can register free to get a further 15 free articles

and access to 2 digital editions per month

or subscribe for unlimited access

If you have already signed up access you account here