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.

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Francis Bacon: Revelations

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Mark Stevens and Annalyn Swan chart the life and art of Francis Bacon. The conversation is expanded by Robert Storr.