Simon Schama

Simon Schama

Sir Simon Schama CBE is University Professor of Art History and History at Columbia University, a Fellow of the British Academy and the Royal Society of Literature and Contributing Editor at the Financial Times.

He is the author of eighteen books which have been translated into 16 languages and the writer-presenter of fifty documentaries on art, history and literature for BBC2 and PBS. He was art critic for the New Yorker in the 1990s and won a National Magazine Award for his art criticism in 1996, published as Hang-Ups, Essays on Painting (Mostly) His film on Bernini from the Power of Art series won an International Emmy and his series on A History of Britain and The American Future. A History won Broadcast Critics Guild Awards. His art history work also includes Rembrandt’s Eyes, (1999) The Power of Art, (2006) and The Face of Britain (2015)

He has published a work of fiction, Dead Certainties: (Unwarranted Speculations) and his work for the theatre includes the stage adaptation of Rough Crossings (with Caryl Phillips) for Headlong Theatre, and in 2011, a short play for Headlong’s site-specific production about 9/11, Decade.

He won the NCR nonfiction prize for Citizens. A Chronicle of the French Revolution; the WH Smith Literary Award for Landscape and Memory, and the National Book Critics Circle Award in the United States for Rough Crossings: Britain, the Slaves and the American Revolution. His latest book, Belonging, volume 2 of The Story of the Jews was short-listed for the Baillie-Gifford Prize and was among The Economist Magazine’s Best Books of 2017. In 2011 he received the Kenyon Review Award for Literary Achievement and in 2015 the Premio Antonelli Feltrinelli in historical sciences from the Accademia nazionale dei Lincei in Rome. He has delivered the Andrew W Mellon Lectures at the National Gallery in Washington DC in 2006 on “Really Old Masters: Infirmity and Reinvention”, and the Anthony Hecht Lectures in the humanities at Bard College on memory in contemporary art; and most recently the Jerusalem Lectures for the Israel Historical Society. He curated the Government Art Collection exhibition “Travelling Light” at the Whitechapel Gallery and “The Face of Britain” exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery in 2015,

in conjunction with a 4-part television series and a best-selling book. His latest book, Belonging, volume 2 of The Story of the Jews was short-listedfor the Baillie-Gifford Prize and was among The Economist Magazine Best Books of 2017. He has collaborated with Anselm Kiefer, John Virtue, Cecile B Evans and Damien Hirst on exhibitions and catalogue essays.

For the past year and a half he has been working on the BBC/PBS series on world art history, Civilisations, broadcasted on March 2018. 


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You mean this?????

What courage. I doubt I'd be brave enough.

Why on earth is Wimbledon cancelled? It's the only tournament sport that *can* be played while social distancing

@EliStokols @PressSec "It will dispensary very strongly, just like your elderly grandparents"

too flattering to call this magical thinking; more like moronic non-thinking

but of course vetoing a defense bill gets him even more brownie points with his handler in Moscow

ah - the pro-treason veto; well that fits nicely with the rest of his decision making.

To the latest intervention (Confederate named forts) of the poltroon in the White House, it can, I think, be safely assumed that American victories in WW2 were not inspired by the career of the inept traitor Braxton Bragg

The idea of Hitler as an “organizational genius”. I imagine most A-level students know Ian Kershaw’s phrase “polycratic chaos”.

They don't stop lying. They don't stop stupidly lying.

thrilling. Very good short book by Roy Strong on the painting - 1972 - but still really excellent

This is, and I do not say this lightly, the single dumbest quote I have ever read in a news story

Yet again the lack of knowledge of the UK & British history is absolutely stark:
"There is no such thing as a border between Scotland and England" says Boris Johnson at #PMQs.
FACT CHECK: There always has been a legal border between Scotland & England pre-1707 & post-1707.

I am blessed

Trump’s Twitter feed reads like a local crime blotter as he stokes a culture war - The Washington Post. He'd rather protect statues of the dead than living troops in Afghanistan

And nothing was his fault.

History will say of Trump " while Americans died he golfed and tweeted and golfed some more"

Fauci and the daily 100,000 - through his criminal egomania, ignorance, vanity, incompetence and idleness Trump has caused the American impact of COV19 to be the absolute worst in the developed world. His Presidency itself has been a lethal disease

The Art Market Is Finally Catching Up with Joan Mitchell’s Genius via @artsy she is spectacularly good I think - so now I can't even dream of affording her....(not that I ever could)

NBC confirms: The White House and top National Security Council officials learned about intel indicating Russia was offering bounties on U.S. and coalition troops in early 2019, well over a year before Trump claimed no one had briefed him on the matter.