Francis Bacon: Revelations
Pulitzer Prize-winning authors Mark Stevens and Annalyn Swan chart the life and art of the formidable Francis Bacon, a towering figure in 20th century art. Through 25 choice images, the duo sketch a more varied, nuanced, and surprising character than typically known of the celebrated bon vivant. The conversation is expanded by art critic, curator, and artist Robert Storr, bringing together three luminaries of contemporary art writing.
Mark Stevens and Annalyn Swan
The biographers Mark Stevens and Annalyn Swan have spent decades in the art and publishing worlds of New York, Mark as a veteran art critic --- for Newsweek, The New Republic *and *New York *magazine --- and Annalyn as the former arts editor of *Newsweek and a former music critic.
Their first book, de Kooning: An American Master, won the Pulitzer Prize for biography in 2005, as well as the National Book Critics Circle Award and the Los Angeles Times book award for biography. The New York Times named it one of the 10 best books of 2005. Their second biography, Francis Bacon: Revelations, was published in the U.K. in January of 2021 and in the U.S. in March, 2021. The Observer *called it "a magnificent triumph" and *The Times "the definitive life of Bacon."
Stevens has written numerous essays for books, art magazines, and catalogues, most recently an essay for Jenny Saville (Rizzoli, 2018) and one for Francis Bacon: Late Paintings (Gagosian, 2015). In 2007-08, he was a Cullman Fellow at the New York Public Library, and he has served for many years on the advisory council of the Princeton University Art Museum.
Swan is a former trustee of Princeton University and a long-time board member of the Works and Process series at the Guggenheim Museum. She taught biographical writing at Princeton University in 2013, and currently teaches in the Biography and Memoir M.A. program at the Graduate Center of the City of New York, as well as at the Middlebury Bread Loaf School of English.
The authors live in New York City. They have two daughters, two cats, and one grandson.
Robert Storr is a curator, critic, and painter. From 1990 until 2002 he worked at The Museum of Modern Art in New York, where he was curator and then senior curator in the Department of Painting and Sculpture. His exhibitions there included, 'DISLOCATIONS', 'Modern Art Despite Modernism', and retrospectives of Robert Ryman, Tony Smith, Chuck Close, Gerhard Richter, Max Beckmann, and Elizabeth Murray. From 1990 to 2000 he directed MoMA's Projects program devoted to contemporary art, for which he organized small monographic shows by Art Spiegelman, Franz West, Tom Friedman, and others. In 2002 he was named the first Rosalie Solow Professor of Modern Art at the Institute of Fine Arts, New York University. From 2006 to 2016 he served as the Stavros Niarchos Foundation Dean of the Yale University School of Art, where he continues to be a professor of painting. In 2007 he served as Artistic Director of the Venice Biennale, the first American to hold that position.
Since 1982, his essays, reviews, and columns have appeared in Art in America, Art Press, Frieze, Artforum, Parkett, Corriere della Sera, and other magazines and journals. He is the author of numerous catalogues and books -- most recently, of Intimate Geometries: The Life and Work of Louise Bourgeois (2016), for which he received the 2017 Filaf d'or Award, as well as the 2017 Filaf Award for Best Book on Contemporary Art. A frequent lecturer both in the United States and abroad, he has taught painting, drawing, art history, and criticism at numerous colleges, universities, and art schools. He is the recipient of prestigious awards for his criticism and curatorial work from organizations such as the International Association of Art Critics and the Archives of American Art. In 2016 he was awarded a fellowship from the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation. Made Chevalier des Arts et des Lettres by the French Ministry of Culture in 2000, he was subsequently promoted to Officier of the same order. Storr lives and works in Brooklyn, New York, and New Haven, Connecticut.
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