Blake Gopnik

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Blake Gopnik (born 1963 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania)[1] is an American art critic who has lived in New York City since 2011. He previously spent a decade as chief art critic of The Washington Post,[2] prior to which he was an arts editor and critic in Canada.[3] He has a doctorate in art history from Oxford University,[4] and has written on aesthetic topics ranging from Facebook to gastronomy.[citation needed] He is the author of Warhol, a long biography of the American Pop artist Andy Warhol.[5]

Personal life[edit]

Blake Gopnik was born in Philadelphia, in 1963, to Irwin and Myrna Gopnik with whom he moved to Montreal as a small child.[citation needed] He and his five siblings – Berkeley psychologist Alison Gopnik, writer Adam Gopnik, ocean scientist Morgan Gopnik, archeologist Hilary Gopnik, and Melissa Gopnik, who manages a non-profit – grew up in Moshe Safdie's brutalist masterpiece Habitat 67.[6][7]

Gopnik is married to the artist Lucy Hogg[8] and has one son, Aaron Gopnik-Ramshaw, who is a private investigator in Toronto.


Gopnik was educated in French at the Académie Michèle-Provost[citation needed] and then trained and practiced as a commercial photographer.[citation needed] He moved on to study at McGill University, where he received an honours B.A. in medieval studies, with a specialization in Vulgate and medieval Latin. In 1994, he completed a doctorate at the University of Oxford on realism in Renaissance painting and the philosophy of representation.[9]


After receiving his doctorate, 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.[10] 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 art, ranging 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[11] at the Washington Post and launched The Daily Pic, a picture-a-day blog.[citation needed]

In 2011, Gopnik was hired as the art and design critic at Newsweek magazine and its Daily Beast web site,[12] where he wrote about Warhol, Damien Hirst and possible future scenarios for the global art market.[citation needed] He was critic-at-large for Artnet News,[citation needed] and writes on art and design for a wide range of publications. He is a regular contributor to The New York Times.[13]

Gopnik contributes to the scholarly debate on neuroesthetics,[citation needed] and has recently published a comprehensive biography of Andy Warhol with HarperCollins.[14]

In 2014, Gopnik was named a 2015-2016 resident biography fellow at the Leon Levy Center for Biography at City University of New York.[citation needed] He was a recipient of a Cullman Fellowship at the New York Public Library for 2017–2018.[5]


  • Warhol. New York: Ecco. 2020. ISBN 978-0-06-229839-3.


  1. ^ "Wolfson College, Oxford". Retrieved 2020-04-28.
  2. ^ Gopnik, Blake (2010-12-01). "National Portrait Gallery bows to censors, withdraws Wojnarowicz video on gay love". The Washington Post. ISSN 0190-8286. Retrieved 2017-04-12.
  3. ^ "Author".
  4. ^ "CANCELED: Warhol: Blake Gopnik and Jerry Saltz". The New York Public Library. Retrieved 2020-04-28.
  5. ^ a b "Blake Gopnik". HarperCollins Publishers: World-Leading Book Publisher. Archived from the original on 2020-04-17. Retrieved 2020-04-28.
  6. ^ "BrutalistDC in the New York Times – Brutalist DC". Retrieved 2020-04-28.
  7. ^ Gendall, John (21 June 2017). "What It Was Like to Live Inside Habitat 67". Architectural Digest. Retrieved 2020-04-28.
  8. ^ Gopnik, Blake (3 September 2013). "Museums Cure ADD - At the Gemäldegalerie in Berlin, Titian asks 'What's the rush?'". The Daily Beast. Retrieved 18 July 2014.
  9. ^ Blake Gopnik, Warhol: A Life as Art London: Allen Lane. March 5, 2020. ISBN 978-0-241-00338-1 cover bio
  10. ^ Gopnik, Blake (28 January 2011). "New Orleans Murder Sites Photographed by Deborah Luster". The Daily Beast.
  11. ^ Gopnik, Blake (September 9, 2010). [Exhibit review of Spencer Finch's 'My Business, With the Cloud' at the Corcoran "Exhibit review of Spencer Finch's 'My Business, With the Cloud' at the Corcoran for the Washington Post"]. Washington Post. Archived from the original on September 9, 2010. {{cite web}}: Check |archive-url= value (help)
  12. ^ Gopnik, Blake (2012-05-18). "Philadelphia's Reopened Barnes Foundation Puts Its Masterpieces in a Better Light". The Daily Beast. Retrieved 2020-04-28.
  13. ^ "Sunday Review - In Praise of Art Forgeries". The New York Times. New York. 3 November 2013. p. SR5. Retrieved 18 July 2014.
  14. ^ Rozalia Jovanovic (7 Aug 2013). "Blake Gopnik's Andy Warhol Book Bought by HarperCollins Imprint Ecco". Louise Blouin Media. Archived from the original on 12 November 2013. Retrieved 18 July 2014.

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