Authors Mark Stevens and Annalyn Swan join Rail Editor-at-Large Phyllis Tuchman for a conversation. We conclude with a poetry reading from Jorie Graham.
In this talk
Annalyn Swan is the former arts editor of Newsweek and an award-winning former music critic. She is the co-author, with Mark Stevens, of the biographies de Kooning: An American Master and Francis Bacon: Revelations. De Kooning: An American Master won the 2005 Pulitzer Prize for biography, among numerous other awards, and Francis Bacon: Revelations, published in 2021 in both the U.K. and the U.S., was named art book of the year by The Times of London and shortlisted for the Apollo prize. A graduate of Princeton University, Swan currently teaches in the Biography and Memoir M.A. program at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York, as well as at Bread Loaf Middlebury School of English.
Mark Stevens has spent decades in the publishing world of New York. He is the former art critic of Newsweek, The New Republic, and New York magazine. Together with Annalyn Swan, he is the author of de Kooning: An American Master, which won the Pulitzer Prize for biography in 2005 and the National Book Critics Circle Award and was also named one of the 10 best books of the year by The New York Times. He and Swan have just published their second biography together, Francis Bacon: Revelations. Stevens has written numerous essays for books and catalogues, as well as a novel, Summer in the City. He is on the advisory council of the Princeton University Art Museum.
Critic and art historian Phyllis Tuchman teaches and writes about art, particularly sculpture. She has taught at Williams College, Hunter College, and the School of Visual Arts. She is currently writing a book on the life and times of Robert Smithson. She is an Editor-at-Large for the Brooklyn Rail.