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Alice Goldfarb Marquis was a German-born American researcher, writer and journalist, who wrote about art and its history.


Alice Goldfarb Marquis was born on March 30, 1930 in Munich, Germany. She was the daughter of Erwin and Emmy Goldfarb. Her family escaped the Nazis, arriving in New York in 1938.


Marquis attended Hunter High School. She received her bachelor's degree in 1966 and her master's degree in Art History in 1969 from San Diego State University. She also earned her Doctor of Philosophy degree in History from the University California in San Diego in 1978.


Marquis started her career as a freelance writer, living in Europe, while her husband worked as a journalist at Stars and Stripes. They later owned their own weekly newspaper about 15 miles south of San Francisco, where Marquis worked as an editor till 1959, until they decided to sell their company and travel.

Marquis and her husband traveled the world, including the Middle East, the Balkans, Eastern Europe and India for two years. At last they moved to San Diego in 1961 where they co-owned three biweekly papers of the Star News Publications with another couple. That year she also started her studying. She graduated in 1966 and taught journalism and photography at a local high school for two years.

At that time Marquis also started writing a variety of book and cultural reviews for the newspapers she co-owned. The pieces were published under different pseudonyms to give the impression of a large staff, she wrote in her Web site biography.

The couple sold their newspapers and ended their marriage in the early 1970s. After that, Marquis worked as an instructor at University California in San Diego till 1982. Since then, she was an independent writer and journalist, based in California.


  • Marquis was best known as an art and cultural historian who wrote about people in the art world, public arts funding and the mingling of high art and popular culture.

    Marquis, whose books were reviewed by the The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal, also was known for her large and colorful collection of sneakers and once wrote a paper on such footwear as the cultural common denominator for all people.



Marquis was a member of American History Association, American Culture Association and Athenaeum Music and Art Library Association.


Friends and colleagues described her as a person of verve and style who had a wonderful sense of humor and a zest for life.


  • Other Interests

    Tennis, jazz exercise, skiing, and boogie-boarding


Marquis married Lowell Blankfort on June 26, 1949. They got divorced on March 1973. The couple had 1 child, John. A short marriage to her next husband Raoul Marquis ended in 1976.

Erwin Goldfarb

Emma Lowenherz - designer

Jonathan Blankfort Marquis

Lowell Blankfort

Raoul Marquis