Deborah Solomon

Deborah Solomon (born August 9, 1957, New York City) is an American art critic, journalist and biographer. Her weekly column, "Questions For" ran in The New York Times Magazine from 2003 to 2011. She is currently the art critic for WNYC Public Radio, the New York City affiliate of NPR.[1]

Deborah Solomon
BornAugust 9, 1957 (age 61)
New York City
OccupationJournalist and biographer

Early life and education

Solomon was born in New York City and grew up in New Rochelle, New York. Her parents, Jerry and Sally Solomon, owned an art gallery. In an interview with Francis Ford Coppola, Solomon disclosed that her father was born in Romania and fled as a child in 1938.[2] She was educated at Cornell University, where she majored in art history and served as the associate editor of The Cornell Daily Sun. She earned a bachelor of arts degree in 1979. The following year, she received a master's degree from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism. Solomon was awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship in 2001 in the category of biography.[3]



Solomon began her career writing about art for various publications, including The New Criterion. For most of the 1990s, she served as the chief art critic of The Wall Street Journal. She has written extensively about American painting and is a frequent interviewer on art subjects. She has also written three biographies of American artists.

In 2003 The New York Times Magazine hired her to do a regular weekly column in which she interviewed various people. She became "an expert at forcing her subjects... to say something" and developed a reputation as a "bulldog" interviewer, "one of the toughest interviewers around."[4] According to Kat Stoeffel in an opinion piece for The New York Observer, Solomon's weekly "Questions For" column "has been a slow-burning controversy since Ms. Solomon’s debut in 2003. Ms. Solomon’s editing practices (despite the weekly disclaimer) led some of her subjects–including Tim Russert, Ira Glass, and Amy Dickinson–to cry foul. But then some weeks’ interviews–Das Racist comes to mind–seemed to redeem the whole practice."[5]

On November 29, 2010, at the 92nd Street Y in New York, Solomon interviewed actor Steve Martin regarding his new novel, An Object of Beauty, which is based in the New York art world. The interview became "a debacle"[6] when, midway through the conversation, a Y representative handed Solomon a note asking her to talk more about Martin’s movie career. The next day, the Y issued an apology and refund offer to the audience.[7] In an op-ed in The New York Times, Martin, a serious art collector, praised Solomon as an "art scholar" and said he would have rather "died onstage with art talk" than discuss movie trivia as the Y apparently preferred.[8]

On February 4, 2011, Solomon stepped down from writing her weekly column to write in house and continue her biography of Norman Rockwell. She was "encouraged by the paper’s top brass to continue writing for the paper" and has stated she will continue "asking as many impertinent questions as possible.”[5] In 2010, Solomon was ranked by the Daily Beast as one of "The Left's Top 25 Journalists."[9]


Solomon has written three biographies of American artists: Jackson Pollock: A Biography (Simon & Schuster, 1987, ISBN 978-0-8154-1182-6); Utopia Parkway: The Life and Work of Joseph Cornell (Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 1997, ISBN 0-374-18012-1); and American Mirror: The Life and Art of Norman Rockwell (Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 2013, ISBN 978-0-374-11309-4).

Utopia Parkway was described in Slate as a "fascinating account of Cornell's life" which "narrowed the distance between the life and the art, chronicling everything with a sympathy and even a generosity one would hardly have dreamt possible in our cynical and deconstructive age."[10]

The Norman Rockwell biography, American Mirror, received the most attention. It was "controversial" but garnered "generally positive reviews".[11] The book was described as an "engaging and ultimately sad" portrait of Rockwell which "fully justifies a fresh look at his life";,[12] as a "sympathetic and probing new biography";[13] and as a "brilliantly insightful chronicle of the life of illustrator Norman Rockwell".[14] Controversy arose because in the book she suggests that Rockwell may have been a closeted homosexual. In a review for The New York Times, Garrison Keillor noted sarcastically ("Oh, come on!") that she "does seem awfully eager to find homoeroticism" in Rockwell's work.[15] She also "detected a pattern of pedophilia" in his selection and portrayal of child models.[13] Rockwell's family angrily denied the implications. The artist's son Thomas Rockwell told The Boston Globe, "The biography is so poor and so inflammatory, we just had to respond... It’s being presented as the definitive biography and it’s so wrong, we just felt we had to correct the record."[11] Rockwell's granddaughter Abigail has written several articles denouncing Solomon's book as a "disaster" and a "fraud".[16][17]

Personal life

Solomon is married to Kent Sepkowitz, an infectious-disease specialist and the Deputy Physician-in-Chief at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center and frequent contributor to various publications.[18] They have two sons.

Awards and honors


  1. ^ "People - Deborah Solomon". WNYC. Retrieved 25 May 2015.
  2. ^ Solomon, Deborah (December 16, 2007). "Questions For". The New York Times. Retrieved March 26, 2015.
  3. ^ a b "Deborah Solomon". John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation. Retrieved 25 May 2015.
  4. ^ "Grand Inquisitor". Good Magazine. February 14, 2007. Retrieved 26 May 2015.
  5. ^ a b Stoeffel, Kat (Feb 4, 2011). "Deborah Solomon Out at New York Times Magazine". The New York Observer. Retrieved March 27, 2015.
  6. ^ Allen, Brooke (December 27, 2010). ""An Object of Beauty": Steve Martin's art-world dud". Salon. Retrieved 25 May 2015.
  7. ^ Lee, Felicia (December 1, 2010). "Comedian Conversation Falls Flat at 92nd Street Y". The New York Times. Retrieved March 26, 2015.
  8. ^ Martin, Steve (December 4, 2010). "The Art of Interruption". The New York Times. Retrieved March 26, 2015.
  9. ^ "The Left's Top 25 Journalists". The Daily Beast. 2010. Retrieved March 26, 2015.
  10. ^ Danto, Arthur (March 26, 1997). "Little Boxes 2 1 0 The cloistered life and fantastic art of Joseph Cornell". Slate. Retrieved 26 May 2015.
  11. ^ a b "Family of Norman Rockwell skewers new biography". The Boston Globe. December 29, 2013. Retrieved March 26, 2015.
  12. ^ Wilmerding, John (October 31, 2013). "One Complicated Life, Illustrated". Retrieved 25 May 2015.
  13. ^ a b Benfey, Christopher (December 19, 2013). "An American Romantic". New York Review of Books. Retrieved March 26, 2015.
  14. ^ Lopez, Jonathan (November 8, 2013). "Book Review: 'American Mirror' by Deborah Solomon". The Wall Street Journal. Retrieved 25 May 2015.
  15. ^ Garrison, Kellior (December 19, 2013). "Norman Rockwell, the Storyteller". The New York Times. Retrieved March 26, 2015.
  16. ^ Deborah Solomon's Disaster (and How She Duped So Many) by Abigail Rockwell [the artist's granddaughter], Huffington Post 7-30-2014
  17. ^ Autopsy of a Fraud (Update on Deborah Solomon's Disastrous Norman Rockwell Bio) by Abigail Rockwell, Huffington Post 2-23-2015
  18. ^ "Articles by Kent Sepkowitz". The Daily Beast. Retrieved March 26, 2015.
  19. ^ "25 Books to Remember from 1997". New York Public Library. Retrieved 25 May 2015.
  20. ^ "2003 Loeb Awards". UCLA Anderson School of Management. July 1, 2003. Retrieved February 1, 2019.
  21. ^ "Loeb Winners". UCLA Anderson School of Management. June 29, 2009. Retrieved February 1, 2019.
  22. ^ "Los Angeles Times Book Award Nominees". Band of Thebes. February 19, 2014. Retrieved 26 May 2015.
  23. ^ "2014 PEN/Jacqueline Bograd Weld Award for Biography". PEN. Retrieved 26 May 2015.
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