Andy Warhol: Blake Gopnik

self portrait of artist Andy Warhol, closely cropped to his head and hair, which is red against a black background. His hair goes upward at different angles.

Andy Warhol (1928 – 1987) Self Portrait 1986. Tate © 2020 The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Inc / SOCAN (2020) Photo: © Tate, London 2020


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Andy Warhol: Blake Gopnik

Tuesday, August 10, 7 pm

Join esteemed art critic Blake Gopnik for a conversation with author and journalist Kate Taylor about his definitive biography of Andy Warhol. In Warhol, Gopnik takes on Andy Warhol in all his depth and dimensions, from his working-class Pittsburgh upbringing as the child of immigrants to his early career in commercial art to his total immersion in the “performance” of being an artist, accompanied by global fame and stardom—and his attempted assassination. In this biography, unprecedented in its scope and detail as well as in its access to Warhol’s archives, Gopnik brings to life a figure who continues to fascinate because of his contradictions.

Blake Gopnik, one of North America’s leading arts writers, has served as art and design critic at Newsweek, and as chief art critic at the Washington Post and Canada’s Globe and Mail. In 2017, he was a Cullman Center Fellow in residence at the New York Public Library, and in 2015 he held a fellowship at the Leon Levy Center for Biography at City University of New York. He has a PhD in art history from Oxford University and is a regular contributor to the New York Times.

Kate Taylor was born in France and raised in Ottawa. Her debut novel, Mme Proust and the Kosher Kitchen, won the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize for best first book (Canada/Caribbean region) and the Toronto Book Award. Her second novel, A Man in Uniform, was nominated for the Ontario Library Association’s Evergreen Award and won Kingston Reads: The Battle of the Books, while her next, Serial Monogamy, was published in 2016 and recently released in paperback. A recipient of the National Newspaper Award and the Atkinson Fellowship in public policy journalism, she is a long-time contributor to the arts pages of The Globe and Mail, where she currently serves as lead film critic and writes a weekly column about culture. She lives in Toronto.

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