Alastair Sooke

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Alastair Sooke is a journalist and broadcaster. Art critic of The Daily Telegraph and a columnist for BBC.com, he has written and presented many documentaries on television and radio for the BBC, and is the author of three books about art published by Penguin. He joined the Telegraph as a trainee in 2003, aged 21, and reported regularly for BBC Two’s The Culture Show between 2009 and 2014. In 2016 he sat on the British Council’s Venice Biennale Selection Committee. He is also on the judging panel for the inaugural Hepworth Prize for Sculpture. He currently serves on the Courtauld Association Committee and on the advisory board of the Classical Art Research Centre at the University of Oxford. Born in 1981, he was educated at Westminster School, where he was a Queen’s Scholar, at Christ Church, Oxford, and at the Courtauld Institute of Art, London. He lives in London with his family.

 

Television credits include:

The Culture Show (presenter, BBC Two, 2009-14)

Modern Masters (4 x 1 hour, BBC One, May 2010)

The Art of World War Two: A Culture Show Special (1 hour, BBC Two, Sept 2010)

Romancing the Stone: The Golden Ages of British Sculpture (3 x 1 hour, BBC Four, Feb 2011)

The Royal Academy Summer Exhibition 2011: A Culture Show Special (1 hour, BBC Two, June 2011)

The World’s Most Expensive Paintings (1 hour, BBC One, July 2011)

The Perfect Suit (1 hour, BBC Four, July 2011)

Unfinished (1 hour, BBC Two, Jan 2012)

Royal Academy Summer Exhibition: A Culture Show Special (1 hour, BBC Two, June 2012)

Into Orbit: A Culture Show Special (1 hour, BBC Two, June 2012)

Treasures of Ancient Rome (3 x 1 hour, BBC Four, Sept 2012)

How the Devil Got His Horns: A Diabolical Tale (1 hour, BBC Four, Oct 2012; shortlisted for a Broadcast Digital Award)

Whaam! Roy Lichtenstein at Tate Modern (1 hour, BBC Four, Feb 2013)

Going Underground: A Culture Show Special (30 minutes, BBC Two, March 2013)

Your Paintings: A Culture Show Special (1 hour, BBC Two, March 2013)

Pride and Prejudice: Having a Ball (1 hour 30 minutes, BBC Two, May 2013)

Royal Academy Summer Exhibition: A Culture Show Special (30 minutes, BBC Two, June 2013)

Venice: A Tale of Two Cities (The Culture Show) (30 minutes, BBC Two, Aug 2013)

The Culture Show at Edinburgh: Leonardo da Vinci – The Anatomist (30 minutes, BBC Two, Aug 2013)

A Portrait of Jonathan Yeo (The Culture Show) (30 minutes, BBC Two, Sept 2013)

The World’s Most Expensive Stolen Paintings (1 hour, BBC Two, Dec 2013)

Treasures of Ancient Egypt (3 x 1 hour, BBC Four, Jan 2014)

Henri Matisse: A Cut Above the Rest (The Culture Show) (30 minutes, BBC Two, March 2014)

ARTiculation: For the Love of Art (The Culture Show) (30 minutes, BBC Two, March 2014)

Pop Go the Women: The Other Story of Pop Art – A Culture Show Special (1 hour, BBC Two, May 2014)

The Summer Exhibition: BBC Arts at the Royal Academy (1 hour, BBC Two, June 2014)

The Battle for Stonehenge: A Culture Show Special (1 hour, BBC Two, June 2014)

Constable: A Country Rebel (1 hour, BBC Four, Sept 2014)

Treasures of Ancient Greece (3 x 1 hour, BBC Four, April 2015)

Soup Cans & Superstars: How Pop Art Changed the World (1 hour 30 minutes, BBC Four, Aug 2015)

Myths of Britain (30 minutes, BBC World News, May 2016)

Robert Rauschenberg (1 hour, BBC Two, forthcoming)

Secret Cities (3 x 1 hour, BBC Four, forthcoming)

 

Radio credits include:

I Heart Milton Glaser (30 minutes, BBC Radio 4, Feb 2011)

Smiley’s People (30 minutes, BBC Radio 4, Feb 2012)

Ampers-Fan (30 minutes, BBC Radio 4, April 2012)

The Essay: The Piano in Five Pieces (15 minutes, BBC Radio 3, Sept 2012)

Sarah Lucas at the Venice Biennale (30 minutes, BBC Radio 4, May 2015)

 

Books

Roy Lichtenstein: How Modern Art Was Saved by Donald Duck (Penguin Special) (Penguin, 2013)

Henri Matisse: A Second Life (Penguin, 2014)

Pop Art: A Colourful History (Viking, 2015)