Follow the countdown—the days, hours, minutes, and yes, even the seconds—to Blake Gopnik’s chat with Annalyn Swan about his biography of Andy Warhol. Well, it IS a big book. Big in page count (976). Big in subject (Warhol’s influence rivals Picasso’s.) Stellar in praise. (I’ve read only one review that dumps on it, persuasively.) So okay, a countdown.
Gopnik was the chief art critic of The Washington Post, the art and design critic for Newsweek, and a critic-at-large for Artnet News. These days he’s a contributor to The New York Times. Swan is the co-author with her husband, the art critic Mark Stevens, of de Kooning: An American Master, which won the 2005 Pulitzer Prize for Biography, among other prestigious awards. Her upcoming biography Francis Bacon: Revelations, also co-written with Stevens, is scheduled for publication in March 2021.