Peter Fuller

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Peter Michael Fuller (31 August 1947 – 28 April 1990) was a British art critic and magazine editor.

Fuller was born in Damascus, Syria, and educated at Epsom College and Peterhouse, Cambridge.[1] In the early 1970s he wrote for the radical Black Dwarf and Seven Days newspapers,[1] and was responsible for establishing the latter,[2] "a short-lived Marxist glossy weekly".[3] Fuller subsequently freelanced elsewhere. Originally a follower of writer John Berger, he moved to the political right in mid-life, coming into conflict with his former allies Art & Language.

Peter Fuller was the founding editor of the art magazine Modern Painters, launched in 1987,[4] reflecting his admiration for the aesthetic principles of John Ruskin. In the spring of 1989 he was appointed art critic of The Daily Telegraph.[1] Along with such prestigious books as Art and Psychoanalysis, Fuller wrote regularly for Art Monthly UK and New Society for nearly two decades. The archive of his letters, journals and writing is held at the Tate Gallery in London. The Peter Fuller Memorial Foundation, a registered English charity (no.1014623), was set up in 1991. The Foundation hosts an annual lecture at the Tate Gallery and runs the online art magazine Art Influence.

He died in a car accident on the M4 motorway in Berkshire on 28 April 1990.[5] Peter Fuller is buried in Stowlangtoft, Suffolk, UK. His son Laurence Fuller is currently in development with a film about his life and the art world between 1970 and 1990.[6]


  • Die Champions: Psychoanalyse d. Spitzensportlers, Frankfurt am Main: S. Fischer, 1976.
  • The Champions: The Secret Motives in Games and Sports, Urizen Books, 1977; London: Allen Lane, 1978
  • The Psychology of Gambling (with Jon Halliday), Harmondsworth: Pelican, 1977
  • Art and Psychoanalysis, London and New York: Writers and Readers, 1981; The Hogarth Press, 1988
  • Beyond the Crisis in Art - Writers and Readers;, 1981.
  • Robert Natkin, New York: Harry N. Abrams, Inc., 1981
  • Seeing Berger: A Reevaluation of Ways of Seeing, Writers & Readers, 1981
  • Aesthetics After Modernism, Writers and Readers, 1983.
  • The Naked Artis: 'Art and Biology' and Other Essays, Writers & Readers Publishing, 1983
  • Images of God: The Consolations of Lost Illusions, London: Chatto and Windus, 1985; London: The Hogarth Press, 1990
  • The Australian Scapegoat: Towards and Antipodean Aesthetic, University of Western Australia Press, Western Australia, 1986
  • Henry Moore, (with Susan Crompton and Richard Cork), London: Royal Academy of Arts / Weidenfeld & Nicolson, 1988
  • Seeing Through Berger, Claridge Press, 1988
  • Theoria: Art and the Absence of Grace, Chatto and Windus, 1988.
  • Left High and Dry: the Posturing of the Left Establishment, The Claridge Press, 1990
  • Marches Past, The Hogarth Press, 1991
  • Peter Fuller's Modern Painters: Reflections on British Art, (edited by John McDonald), London: Methuen, 1993
  • Henry Moore: An Interpretation, Methuen, 1994.


Peter Fuller made a number of documentaries with film maker Mike Dibb, including;

  • Somewhere over the Rainbow - art and psychoanalysis with Robert Natkin and Peter Fuller, 50 minutes, BBC, 1979
  • Fields of Play - series exploring the role of play in every area of our lives from childhood and learning to gambling and war games, 5x60 minutes, BBC, 1979
  • Naturally Creative - wide-ranging film essay on the origins of human creativity, 90 minutes, Channel 4, 1986/7


  1. ^ a b c Dennis Griffiths The Encyclopedia of the British Press 1422-1992, London and Basingstoke: Macmillan, 1992, p.256
  2. ^ Robert Chenciner "Introduction To Peter Fuller", Art Influence (Peter Fuller Memorial Foundsation), February 2008
  3. ^ Robert Irwin "Memoirs of a Dervish: Sufis, Mystics and the Sixties", London: Profile Books, 2011, p.182 (page number taken from the http address.)
  4. ^ Jones, Jonathan (13 May 1999). "This man made Britart what it is. He would have hated it". The Guardian. Retrieved 24 September 2012.
  5. ^ "Peter Fuller; Art Critic, 42", New York Times, 1 May 1990
  6. ^ Oil Films web-site Archived 24 November 2009 at the Wayback Machine

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