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Alumnus to discuss de Kooning biography, March 8

Writer Mark Stevens will speak on "The Vulgar Art of Biography" at 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 8, in the Stewart Film Theater, 185 Nassau St.

Stevens is a 1973 alumnus and the co-author with his classmate and wife Annalyn Swan of the 2004 biography "De Kooning: An American Master."

The book, which won a 2005 Pulitzer Prize, was 10 years in the making. It chronicles Willem de Kooning's rise from his humble beginnings in Rotterdam to his fame as an abstract expressionist and his descent into alcoholism and dementia. Stevens is an art critic for New York magazine.

The event is part of the Program in Creative Writing's Althea Ward Clark Reading Series. It is cosponsored by the Program in Visual Arts, the Department of Art and Archaeology and the University Art Museum.

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