Tate Modern Talk

On Warhol: Blake Gopnik and Olivia Laing

Andy Warhol, ‘Self-Portrait with Fright Wig’ 1986
Andy Warhol, Self-Portrait with Fright Wig 1986. ARTIST ROOMS Tate and National Galleries of Scotland. © 2021 The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Inc. / Licensed by DACS, London

Join leading writers to discuss the life of Andy Warhol

As Tate Modern’s new Warhol exhibition opens, this is a unique chance to learn more about the artist’s remarkable career and ongoing cultural influence.

The discussion marks the publication of art critic Blake Gopnik’s major biography Warhol: A Life as Art, which draws on hundreds of interviews and years of archival research. Gopnik is joined in conversation by writer and critic Olivia Laing, whose extensive engagement with Warhol’s work includes a new essay in the Tate exhibition catalogue.

The conversation is chaired by writer and journalist Charlie Porter, who has also contributed to the Warhol catalogue.

There will be a book signing with Blake Gopnik and Olivia Laing following the talk.

In association with Penguin Random House.


Blake Gopnik

Blake Gopnik is 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. He is a regular contributor to the New York Times and has a PhD in art history from Oxford University.

Olivia Laing

Olivia Laing is a writer and critic. She’s the author of To the River, The Trip to Echo Spring and The Lonely City, which explores Warhol’s relationship with solitude and sociability. Her real-time novel Crudo was a Sunday Times bestseller and won the 100th James Tait Black Prize. She writes for the Guardian, New Statesman and frieze, and in 2018 was awarded a Windham-Campbell Prize in non-fiction.

Charlie Porter

Charlie Porter is a writer and journalist, contributing to titles such as the Financial Times, the New York Times and Luncheon. His book What Artists Wear will be published by Penguin in Autumn 2020. He was a judge for the Turner Prize 2019, and curated the group show Palimpsest at Lismore Castle Arts in 2019.

Tate Modern

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Date & Time

12 March 2020 at 18.30–20.00

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