Mark Stevens '73


Mark Stevens is a writer, art critic, and the author, with Annalyn Swan, of de Kooning: An American Master, a biography of the American artist that won the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Critics Circle prize for biography in 2005. It was also named one of the 10 best books of 2005 by The New York Times. More recently, in 2021, he wrote (again with Annalyn Swan) Francis Bacon: Revelations, a biography of the English painter.

Stevens began his career as an art critic at Newsweek from 1977 to 1988. He then served as the art critic of The New Republic (1988-95) and New York Magazine (1995-2006). He is the author of a novel, Summer in City, published in 1984, and he has written numerous essays for books, art magazines, and catalogues, most recently an extended essay for a book on the English painter Jenny Saville. He has also contributed to general interest publications, including The New Yorker, Vanity Fair, and The New York Times. In 2007-08, he was named a Cullman Fellow of the New York Public Library, which enabled him to begin work on the biography of Francis Bacon. A graduate of Princeton University, he subsequently studied at Cambridge University. He is a long-time member of the Advisory Council of the Princeton University Art Museum.