Phoebe Hoban has written about culture and the arts for a variety of publications, including The New York Times, New York Magazine, The Wall Street Journal, Vogue, Vanity Fair, GQ, Harper’s Bazaar, ARTnews, and The New York Observer, among others. Her biography of Jean-Michel Basquiat: Basquiat, A Quick Killing in Art, (1998) was a national bestseller and a New York Times Notable Book of the Year.
Her biography of Alice Neel, Alice Neel: The Art of Not Sitting Pretty, 2010, was named one of the Best Books of the Year by New York Magazine; one of the Ten Best Books of the Year by The Village Voice; one of the Ten Best Biographies of the Year by Booklist; and a Sunday Times Book Review Editors’ Choice. Her most recent book, a biography of Lucian Freud, Lucian Freud: Eyes Wide Open was published in April, 2014.
She lives in New York City. Basquiat: A Quick Killing in Art, came out as in e-book in May, 2016.