Matisse scholar and Brooklyn College, City University of New York professor of art history. Flam was born to Max Flam and Rose Leila (Silverberg) Flam in New Jersey. He attended Rutgers University, where he recieved a B.A. in 1961. He continued at Columbia University granted an M.A., in 1963 and began teaching at Rutgers (through 1966). He entered New York University for his Ph.D. During this time he taught at University of Florida, Gainesville, as an assistant professor, until 1969. That year he recieved his Ph.D., from NYU. His dissertion on Matisse's art theory, was written under Howard S. Conant. Flam was appointed associate professor of art in 1969 at Brooklyn College of the City University of New York. He married Bonnie Suzanne Burnham, in 1972 (later divorced). He was promoted to associate professor in 1975 and Graduate Center of the City University of New York, professor. He published a work of fiction, Bread and Butter, in 1977. Flam was elevated to professor in 1980. Flam was named Distinguished Professor of Art History in 1991. 1975-91, Distinguished Professor of Art History, 1991.
[dissertation:] The Style of Matisse's 'Piano Lesson': Its Significance to his Art and to his Theory of Art. New York University, 1969.