Blake Gopnik (born 1963, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania) is an American art critic who lives in New York. He is critic-at-large for Artnet News and writes on art and design for a wide range of publications. He previously spent a decade as chief art critic of The Washington Post and before that was an arts editor and critic in Canada. He has a doctorate in art history from Oxford University, and has written on aesthetic topics ranging from Facebook to gastronomy.
Blake Gopnik was born in Philadelphia, in 1963, to Irwin and Myrna Gopnik with whom he moved to Montreal as a small child. He and his five siblings – Berkeley psychologist Alison Gopnik, writer Adam Gopnik, ocean scientist Morgan Gopnik, archeologist Hilary Gopnik, and Melissa Gopnik, managing director of the Boston area Rape Crisis Center – grew up in Moshe Safdie’s Habitat 67.
Gopnik is married to the artist Lucy Hogg and has one son, Aaron Gopnik-Ramshaw, who is a private investigator in Toronto.
Blake was educated, in French, at the Académie Michèle-Provost, and then trained and practiced as a commercial photographer. He moved on to study at McGill University, where he received an honors B.A. in medieval studies, with a specialization in Vulgate and medieval Latin. After receiving the Knights of Pythias Prize, Shakespeare Gold Medal, the McCullough Latin Prize and, the Commonwealth Scholarship, in 1989 Gopnik began doctoral studies at the University of Oxford. He completed a doctorate on realism in Renaissance painting and the philosophy of representation in 1994.
After receiving his PhD, Gopnik returned to Canada where he held minor academic jobs before switching to journalism. In 1995, he became the editor in chief of Insite, a Canadian magazine of architecture and design, before being hired as the fine-arts editor at The Globe and Mail. In 1998, he became the Globe’s art critic. From 2000 to 2010, Gopnik worked at The Washington Post, as chief art critic. He wrote more than 500 articles about a range of art, from China’s terracotta warriors to Andy Warhol’s late works. He also wrote pieces about design, food, fashion and beer. He was a pioneer in web video at the Post and launched The Daily Pic, a picture-a-day blog.
In 2011, Gopnik was hired as the art and design critic at Newsweek magazine and its Daily Beast web site, where he wrote about Warhol, Damien Hirst and possible future scenarios for the art market, globally. He is a featured contributor for the New York Times and The Art Newspaper.
- "Museums Cure ADD - At the Gemäldegalerie in Berlin, Titian asks 'What's the rush?'". thedailybeast.com. 3 September 2013. Retrieved 18 July 2014.
- "Sunday Review - In Praise of Art Forgeries". New York: The New York Times. 3 November 2013. p. SR5. Retrieved 18 July 2014.
- Rozalia Jovanovic (7 Aug 2013). "Blake Gopnik’s Andy Warhol Book Bought by HarperCollins Imprint Ecco". artinfo.com. Louise Blouin Media. Retrieved 18 July 2014.