Meryle Secrest

Meryle Secrest  is the author of numerous biographies about figures in the arts. She received the Presidential National Humanities Medal at the White House in 2006. Her latest book is The Mysterious Affair at Olivetti: IBM, the CIA, and the Cold War Conspiracy to Shut Down Production of the World’s First Desktop Computer.

What A Long, Strange Trip It’s Been

The celebrated depiction of a miracle is, by its very survival, a miracle in itself

by Meryle Secrest | Thursday, March 18, 2021

Image Was Everything

A new biography of the seminal pop artist of the 20th century

by Meryle Secrest | Monday, March 02, 2020

Prophets of the Avant-Garde 

How two power couples changed the world of art

by Meryle Secrest | Monday, March 04, 2019

Lives of the Artists

The vistas and losses of two great English painters

by Meryle Secrest | Tuesday, September 04, 2018

Before the Rebellion

A colonial American artist’s portraits of an age

by Meryle Secrest | Tuesday, September 06, 2016