Photo by Pat Greenhouse

Photo by Pat Greenhouse

About Sebastian 

Sebastian Smee is an art critic for the Washington Post. He was previously art critic at the Boston Globe, where he won the Pulitzer Prize for Criticism in 2011, having been runner-up in 2008. He joined the Boston Globe’s staff from Sydney, where he worked as national art critic for The Australian between 2004 and 2008. Prior to that, he lived for four years in the UK, where he worked on staff at The Art Newspaper, and wrote for The Daily Telegraph, The Guardian, The Independent, The Times, The Financial Times, Prospect Magazine, and The Spectator. In London, Smee developed a friendship with the artist Lucian Freud and went on to write essays accompanying four books on Freud’s work. He has written essays for books on Mark Bradford, Fred Williams, and Max Dupain, and wrote “Net Loss: Inner Life in the Digital Age,” for Quarterly Essay in 2018. He teaches non-fiction writing at Wellesley College.