EDWARD LUCIE-SMITH was born in Kingston,
Jamaica on 27th February 1933 and settled in Britain in 1946. He
studied at King's
School, Canterbury and Merton
College, Oxford, and was an Education Officer in the Royal Air Force and an
advertising copywriter before becoming a freelance author, journalist
He began his literary career as a poet, has
published four collections of poetry with Oxford University Press and is
currently a member of the Academie Europenne de Poesie.
He is well known for his numerous books on art
and related subjects and has acted as curator for many exhibitions and
lectured extensively all over the world.
Art Tomorrow website
Four audio interviews
'Gods Becoming Men' website
- Movements in Art since 1945 (1969)
- A Concise History of French Painting (1971)
- Eroticism in Western Art (1972 - revised
edition published as Sexuality in Western Art, 1991)
- Symbolist Art (1972)
- Fantin Latour (1977)
- Art Today (1977)
- A Concise History of Furniture (1979)
- A Cultural Calendar of the 20th Century (1979)
- Art in the 1970s (1980)
- The Story of Craft (1981)
- A History of Industrial Design (1983)
- The Thames & Hudson Dictionary of Art
- Art of the 1930s (1985)
- American Art Now (1985)
- Lives of the Great Twentieth Century Artists (1985)
- Sculpture Since 1945 (1987)
- Art in the 1980s (1990)
- Art Deco Painting (1990)
- Fletcher Benton (1990)
- Jean Rustin (1990)
- Harry Holland (1991)
- Wendy Taylor (1992)
- Andres Nagel (1992)
- Alexander (1992)
- Art and Civilization (1992)
- (ed.) The Faber Book of Art Anecdotes (1992)
- 20th Century Latin American Art (1993)
- Race, Sex and Gender in Contemporary Art (1994)
- Elisabeth Frink: A Portrait (1994)
- John Kirby (1994)
- American Realism (1994)
- Art Today (a completely new text - 1995)
- Visual Arts in the 20th Century (1996)
- Albert Paley (1996)
Other publications include the Penguin
Book of Elizabethan Verse, and British
Poetry Since 1945 (standard anthology, also published by Penguin).
Wrote the main catalogue essay and was consultant for the re-opening
show of the American
Craft Museum, New York - Poetry of the Physical (1989).
- Consultant curator and wrote a major
catalogue essay for Art of the Fantastic:
Latin American Art 1929-1987, at the Indianapolis Museum of Art.
- Co-curated The Self Portrait: A Modern
View, a show of 60 self-portraits held at Art-Site, Bath, in 1987.
This exhibition toured other British Museums and galleries for over
- Co-curated the touring exhibition The New
British Painting, mounted by the Cincinnati Contemporary Arts
Center. This toured US venues, 1988-90.
- Curated three Peter Moores Projects (major
surveys of current British painting
and sculpture) at the Walker Art
Gallery, Liverpool, in 1977, 1979 and 1981.
Has lectured in Belgium, Luxemburg, Colombia, Brazil, Mexico and
Australia under the auspices of the British Council.
- Was keynote speaker at the World Craft
Council conference in Sydney, and one of the chief speakers at NordForm
in Malmo, and at a recent international conference (June 1994)
on the future of Design and Craft Museums held at the Rohss Museum,
- In 1993 made a five-week lecture tour of New
Zealand, under the auspices of the QE II (Arts Council of
- In 1994 lectured at Hong-Ik University,
- In 1996 was a member of the jury for the 6th
Cairo Biennale and one of the chief speakers at the conference
connected with the exhibition.
- Also lectured at the Museum of Contemporary
Art, Santiago, Chile.
In 1997 was a member of the jury of the 3rd Sharjah Biennale
- Has also lectured at the National Gallery,
London the National Gallery, Washington Michigan State University, East
Lansing The University of Michigan, Ann Arbor Loyola University, New
Orleans The University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia Haverford
University, Pennsylvania Yale School of Art Rhode Island School of
Design Bilkent University, Ankara, and the Theatre
de l'Odeon, Paris.