Photo: Christian Oth

Photo: Christian Oth

Deborah Solomon is the art critic of WNYC Public Radio, in New York City.  A nationally-recognized critic and journalist, she has written for many newspapers and magazines, and her weekly interview column, “Questions For,” appeared in The New York Times Magazine until 2011.                                                                                     

Solomon is also a prize-winning biographer.  Her books include Jackson Pollock: A Biography (1987) and Utopia Parkway: The Life and Work of Joseph Cornell (1997). Her most recent book, American Mirror: The Life and Art of Norman Rockwell, was published by Farrar, Straus & Giroux in 2013. It was a finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize in Biography and shortlisted for the 2014 Pen Literary Award for Biography.

In 2001, Solomon was awarded a grant from the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation, in the field of biography.

Solomon was born in New York City in 1957 and educated at Cornell University, where she studied art history. She earned a master’s degree at the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism. She lives in New York with her husband, Kent Sepkowitz, the deputy physician-in-chief at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Hospital.