Mark Stevens - April 14, 2011

Mark Stevens

Writer and Critic, Winner of the Pulitzer Prize for De Kooning: An American Master (2005)

"The Endless Fifteen Minutes: Fame, Celebrity, and Art Today"

8:00 PM Thursday, April 14, 2011
University Theatre

Mark Stevens has worked as an art critic for Newsweek, The New Republic, and New York Magazine.The biography that he co-wrote with Annalyn Swan, De Kooning: An American Master, won the Pulitzer Prize and many other awards. Currently at work on a biography of the English painter Francis Bacon, he has an established reputation as one of the country’s leading writers on art.

You may also listen to a podcast of the lecture here.


Please note: There will be a MOLLI course offered in conjunction with this President's Lecture Series event. Registration information can be found here

"From Image to Abstraction" - Mary Ann Bonjorni

7:00-8:30 P.M.
Tuesday, April 12, 2011 
Tuesday, April 19, 2011 
Thursday, April 21, 2011 
Todd Building

"What Makes Good Political Art"

3:40 PM Thursday, April 14, 2011
Gallagher Business Building 106

You are cordially invited to attend a seminar with  Mark Stevens, an art critic and a prize-winning biographer. After graduating from Princeton in 1973, he earned a Master of Arts in history at King’s College, Cambridge. He worked briefly for The Economist in London and then for Newsweek in New York, becoming that magazine’s art critic in 1977. He stayed there for ten years, before assuming the position of art critic at The New Republic and that of contributing editor at Vanity Fair. In 1996, he became the art critic for New York Magazine. He left this last position in 2007 to concentrate on writing books and plays. He also has written for The New Yorker, the New York Times, and many art magazines. His numerous catalogue essays include the one for the current UM exhibit at the Paxson Gallery, “Sense and Sensation: Laurie Fendrich, Paintings and Drawings 1990-2010.” He has written a novel, Summer in the City (1985), but is best known for a biography that he wrote with Annalyn Swan, De Kooning: An American Master (2005). This book won the Pulitzer Prize, the National Book Critics Circle Award, the 2005 Los Angeles Times Book Award for Biography, and the Ambassador Award from the English Speaking Union. The New York Times named it one of the ten best books of 2005.