Art Critic Sebastian Smee Sells Book About Artist Rivalries


Sebastian Smee, chief art critic for the Boston Globe, has sold a book about friendship and rivalry between artists, specifically Edgard Degas and Edouard Manet, Pablo Picasso and Henri Matisse, Jackson Pollock and Willem de Kooning, and Lucian Freud and Francis Bacon. The book, it was announced yesterday via Publishers Marketplace, was sold to editor David Ebershoff at Random House. Read More


The New Yorker’s First Art Critic, Murdock Pemberton, Championed Modern Art, Invented Cocktails

Mr. Pemberton circa 1915. (The Ladder)

Over in The Boston Globe, art critic Sebastian Smee has a great review of a new book called Portrait of Murdock Pemberton: The New Yorker’s First Art Critic, which sounds wonderful.

It seems that Pemberton’s granddaughter, Sally Pemberton, came across “several suitcases stuffed with clippings, exhibition catalogs, photographs (including by Man Ray), letters (from Stieglitz, among others), and an unpublished memoir” in her mother’s attic, and the book was born. Read More