Philip Kennicott

Washington, D.C.

Art and architecture critic

Education: Deep Springs College; Yale, BA in Philosophy

Philip Kennicott is the Pulitzer Prize-winning art and architecture critic of The Washington Post. He has been on staff at The Post since 1999, first as classical music critic, then as culture critic. In 2011, he combined art and architecture into a beat that is focused on everything visual in the nation’s capital.
Latest from Philip Kennicott

A haunting, Hollywood-style vision of Jan. 6 as a product of the Trump propaganda machine

Artist Andreas Serrano takes Trump propaganda and January 6 denialism to an even scarier place in “Insurrection,” a dark homage to "Birth of a Nation"

January 6, 2022

The dark side of Disney’s unexpected love affair with frothy French rococo

Two worlds, Disney and France, collide in the Met’s magnificent “Inspiring Walt Disney” exhibit.

January 6, 2022

Sophie Taeuber-Arp could make just about anything. That meant a complicated legacy.

A new exhibition at the Museum of Modern Art shows the artist’s range, if not who she really was.

December 31, 2021

Wayne Thiebaud’s artistic eye was so much keener than pop art confections

Right up until his death at 101, painter Wayne Thiebaud channeled a singular vision that transcended pop art

December 27, 2021

How to survive a pandemic? Courage, resiliency and resistance to bad ideas.

A Cooper Hewitt exhibition, “Design and Healing: Creative Responses to Epidemics,” explores the evolving architecture of health care.

December 16, 2021

Best visual art of 2021: Jasper Johns in two venues, Medici portraits and text-based artist Barbara Kruger

The art world began to normalize, with major shows — and smaller crowds — returning.

December 9, 2021

    Millions of Americans can trace their ancestry back to tenements like this one.

    A virtual photogrammetry tour of the Tenement Museum in New York and how the lives of immigrants were affected by disease, public health, and housing laws.

    December 7, 2021

    The first major Hans Holbein exhibition in the U.S. shows us the sobering reality of raw power

    The Getty surveys the meticulous and chilling vision of Henry VIII’s court painter.

    November 26, 2021

    In Jeff Wall’s photographs, it’s all about the details. But are they important?

    Glenstone surveys the work of one of our most creative and conceptual photographers.

    November 10, 2021

    For beloved D.C. artist Alma Thomas, beauty wasn’t just about art. It was essential to life, too.

    With new exhibition “Everything Is Beautiful,” the Phillips Collection shows the breadth of the artist’s achievement.

    November 3, 2021