November 8, 2017 Last Updated 10:08 am

Sebastian Smee, the art critic at The Boston Globe, to join The Washington Post in January

The Washington Post today announced that Sebastian Smee, the art critic of The Boston Globe, will be joining The Washington Post in January in the same role. Smee was born in Australia and was national art critic for The Australian before joining the Globe.

Smee is also the author of the books Lucian Freud, Side by Side: Picasso v Matisse, and most recently  The Art of Rivalry.

In 2011, Smee won the 2011 Pulitzer Prize for Criticism.

Here is the notice from the Post:


From Features Editor Liz Seymour, Deputy Features Editor David Malitz and Deputy Features Editor Mitch Rubin: 

We are delighted to announce that Sebastian Smee, the art critic of The Boston Globe, will be joining The Post in January as an art critic.

Hiring Sebastian represents an expansion of The Post’s fine arts coverage. He will team with Philip Kennicott to review major exhibits nationwide and report engagingly on the art world for a wide audience. Phil becomes the senior art and architecture critic and will also continue to write cultural criticism.

Sebastian has been the art critic at the Boston Globe since 2008. When he won the Pulitzer Prize for criticism in 2011, judges praised his “vivid and exuberant writing about art, often bringing great works to life with love and appreciation.” This now gives us two Pulitzer Prize-winning art critics.

Sebastian has worked for a wide variety of newspapers and magazines worldwide, including the Daily Telegraph, the Guardian, the Spectator, the Sydney Morning Herald, the Atlantic Monthly, the New York Times, and the Australian. He is the author of “The Art of Rivalry: Four friendships, betrayals, and breakthroughs in modern art.” (Random House), as well as five books on the British artist Lucian Freud and one (coming out soon) on the American artist Mark Bradford. He also teaches non-fiction writing at Wellesley College.

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