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.