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Brian Sewell obituary

19 September 2015 9:49 AM, PDT | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

Britain’s most outspoken art critic, he went on to become an outraged commentator on politics

Brian Sewell, who has died aged 84, was for many years the best-known, most outspoken and most widely read art critic in Britain. His column in the Evening Standard was loved by London’s strap-hangers, even when they knew nothing about the artists he was laying into. In recent times, he wrote with equal fury on a vast range of other subjects, particularly the postures of political leaders, which eventually won him the Orwell prize for political writing.

In and out of the art world, Sewell was a controversial figure, but he excited huge affection from those who knew him – including me, as his next-door neighbour for 10 years. However, he also incurred the wrath of museum curators and art dealers, many of whom thought him thoroughly disagreeable. On 5 January 1994 a group including Sir Eduardo Paolozzi, »

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