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Peter Fuller Biography

(1947–90), Modern Painters, Art and Psychoanalysis, Aesthetics after Modernism, Robert Natikin

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English art critic and broadcaster, born in Damascus, educated at Peterhouse, Cambridge. He was founder, editor, and publisher of the quarterly journal Modern Painters, which first appeared in 1988. Fuller particularly favoured the visionary British artists, such as Stanley Spencer and Cecil Collins. His art criticism at first showed the Marxist influence of his mentor, John Berger, but he gradually came to argue for a spiritually transcendent art. His criticism appeared in a wide variety of publications and has been collected in Art and Psychoanalysis (1980) and Aesthetics after Modernism (1982). He also wrote about the American abstract artist Robert Natikin (1981). His last book, Theoria: Art and Absence of Grace (1988), focuses on John Ruskin's aesthetics, and its application to contemporary art.

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