Blake Gopnik on Andy Warhol, with Annalyn Swan

JUL 09, 2020 | 6:00 PM TO 7:00 PM



The Graduate Center
365 Fifth Avenue


July 09, 2020: 6:00 PM-7:00 PM




Leon Levy Center for Biography



To this day, mention the name “Andy Warhol” to almost anyone and you’ll hear about his famous images of soup cans and Marilyn Monroe. But though Pop Art became synonymous with Warhol’s name and dominated the public’s image of him, his life and work are infinitely more complex and multi-faceted than that. 

In Warhol, esteemed art critic Blake Gopnik takes on Andy Warhol in all his depth and dimensions. “The meanings of his art depend on the way he lived and who he was,” as Gopnik writes. “That’s why the details of his biography matter more than for almost any cultural figure,” 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.

Blake Gopnik has been the chief art critic for the Washington Post, the art and design critic for Newsweek and critic-at-large for Artnet News. He is now a regular contributor to the New York Times. While working on his biography of Andy Warhol, he was both a resident fellow at the Leon Levy Center at CUNY and the recipient of a Cullman Fellowship at the New York Public Library. His Warhol is published in the U.S. by Ecco at HarperCollins and in the U.K. by Allen Lane at Penguin.

Annalyn Swan has co-authored two biographies of artists with her husband, the art critic Mark Stevens. The first, de Kooning: An American Master, won the 2005 Pulitzer Prize for Biography and the National Book Critics Circle award and was named one of the 10 Best Books of 2005 by The New York Times.The second, Francis Bacon will be published in the U.S. by Knopf in November 2020 and subsequently in the U.K. (Collins) and Italy.