David Sylvester (1924-2001), Writer on art and exhibition curator
(Anthony) David Bernard Sylvester
Sitter in 5 portraits
Described as 'a sacred monster of the Establishment', Sylvester was one of Britain's most famous critics and writers on modern art. In the 1950s and 60s Sylvester became a household name in cultural broadcasting. His series of films for the BBC, Ten Modern Artists, introduced many to the work of Francis Bacon, Willem De Kooning, Gilbert and George, Richard Serra, and Alberto Giacometti. Sylvester played a seminal role in the rise of the international art exhibition. Among the exhibitions he organised in London were Henry Moore (1951), Chaïm Soutine (1963), Alberto Giacometti (1965), René Magritte (1969), Dada and Surrealism Reviewed (1978) and Late Picasso (1988).