Alice Goldfarb Marquis was a cultural historian and journalist who wrote eight books, including Alfred H. Barr Jr: Missionary to the Modern, a revealing biography of the long-time director of the Museum of Modern Art.
She earned a doctorate in modern European history from the University of California San Diego in 1978. Her doctoral dissertation on Duchamp became her debut book. Subsequent books included Art Czar: The Rise and Fall of Clement Greenberg, Marcel Duchamp: The Bachelor Stripped Bare, and Art Lessons: Learning from the Rise and Fall of Public Arts Funding.
Dr. Marquis was a Holocaust survivor who wrote about having a touch of survivor’s guilt. “As a person saved from the Holocaust by lucky flukes … I find myself anxious to repay the world – and especially this country – for being spared from extinction. Writing the kinds of books I have written … seems to be the best therapy for confronting these feelings.”
She was a founding member of the San Diego Independent Scholars and was active with the Athenaeum Music and Arts Library in La Jolla.
|Hopes and Ashes: The Birth of Modern Times, 1929-1939||1986|
|Alfred H. Barr, Jr.: Missionary For The Modern||1989|
|Art Lessons: Learning From The Rise And Fall Of Public Arts Funding||1995|
|Marcel Duchamp: The Bachelor Stripped Bare: A Biography||2002|
|Art Czar: The Rise and Fall of Clement Greenberg||2006|
|The Pop Revolution: The People Who Radically Transformed the Art World.||2013|