Is an interdisciplinary scholar specialized in 20th century art, with a particular interest in fascist regimes and their use of art as visual propaganda. Her Ph.D thesis was published by Princeton University Press in 1992, under the title Artists under Vichy. A collection of her scholarly articles was published in 2001 under the title French Modernisms: Perspectives on Art before, during and after Vichy. She is also the author of The Roots and Routes of Art in the 20th Century, a survey of 20th century art published in 1975 by Horizon Press.
Dr. Cone was born and raised in Paris, France. She received her French Baccalaureats with honors, and graduated from Bryn Mawr College at 19. She continued her studies at the Institut d'Art et d'Archeologie at the Sorbonne from 1967 to 1968 and received her Ph.D. from New York University in 1988.
Though trained as a historian, she is keenly interested in contemporary art and has been in turn New York coordinator for Flash Art in the '80s, French correspondent for Arts Magazine in the '90s, and contributor to Artpress, Artics, Balcon, D'Ars, Arte in Colombia among other foreign publications. She writes for Art News, artnet.com magazine, Art in America. (See articles , reviews)
She was the recipient of the New York University graduate study fellowship and of the Chateaubriand fellowship in Paris. Decorated by the French government in 1978 as Chevalier de l'ordre des arts et des lettres for her lecture tour through the United States on the newly opened Pompidou Center, she is a visiting scholar at the Institute of French Studies where she received her doctorate in 1988. She is on the faculty of the School of Visual Arts, teaching "Senior Seminar" in the Fall term and "Art, Politics and Propaganda" in the Spring term.
She is a fellow of the New York Institute of Humanities, PEN, the College Art Association, ArtTable, Who's Who in American Art, and is a former member of the board of the American section of the art critics association, AICA/USA.