Blake Gopnik

Stories by Blake Gopnik

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    On the Trail of Tintin’s Tibet

    An exhibition at New York’s Rubin Museum follows our comic heroes and villains to the top of the world.
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    Why Does Art Cost So Effing Much?

    The global economy’s in a tailspin, but among the world’s elite collectors, works are selling for record prices.
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    The Accidental Art Mogul

    Marian Goodman, tiny and softspoken, is one of the world's most powerful dealers. Her fortunes come from caring more about showing art than selling it. Blake Gopnik on her path to success.
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    Art’s Big Brain

    Three years into running the great Met Museum, Thomas Campbell proves he’s not dumbing it down.
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    Inventory of Opulence

    An exhibition at New York’s Met reveals divine details, and the identity of premodern India’s master painters.
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    The Other Andy Warhol

    Forget Campbell's Soup and Marilyn—the Warhol that matters is the freak who sold out to TV.
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    Architecture's Rising Diva

    At a splashy show in Philadelphia, Zaha Hadid is exciting eyes and teasing minds.
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    A Work of Art You Can Drive

    One of the greatest rides ever, the Citroen DS doubles as a sculpture. By Blake Gopnik.
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    A Full Life of Chaos and Fame

    Lucian Freud, the grand old man of British art, caused a stir with his impressive portraiture.
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    The 10 Most Important Artists of Today

    We're living in a great moment for art. NEWSWEEK critic Blake Gopnik chooses the creators who could be the next Leonardo, Rembrandt, or Picasso.
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    Let There Be Light

    An old master teaches new tricks at this year’s Venice Biennale—just what we need from art right now.
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    Cézanne's Poker Face

    The French artist was an unquestioned genius. But try putting his gifts into words.
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    Don’t Ask Him About Race

    Glenn Ligon’s art has wowed Obama and hangs in the White House. So why won’t he talk about its primary subject?
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    A Fired-Up Schnabel Gets Political

    The artist’s new movie, about generations of suffering among Palestinian women, gives a history lesson that not everyone wants to hear.
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    Art From a Time When Seeing Was Believing

    For most of us, most of the time, our encounters with works of art come closer to genuflection than contemplation. As we rush by the works in our museums, we’re more like Catholics crossing themselves by the altar than art historians working toward tenure.
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    Pablo Picasso: Guitar Hero

    How a simple musical instrument inspired the Spanish artist to think out of the cubist box and create a symphony of work that would change art forever.
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    Philadelphia Museum Looks at the Peacock Male

    To visit "The Peacock Male: Exuberance and Extremes in Masculine Dress" at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, it seemed right to don peacockery. A black velvet jacket in an Oscar Wilde cut appeared a suitable option. I might as well not have bothered.
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    Why Mac's Modernism Is Old

    It could be that Apple’s very latest, very greatest products might not be the last gasp of modernism, after all. They could be the first hints of a design so new, it barely exists.
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    Art: From Brooklyn to Abu Dhabi, With 'Love'

    Brooklyn artists Jennifer and Kevin McCoy come off as the quintessential hipsters: he has 1970s shaggy hair, she wears mod-cool outfits. The McCoys’ art, which gets shown around the world, is also very Brooklyn: ultra-low-tech videos and installations about movie culture, childhood fears, even the couple’s first date—always packaged with a laugh and a wink.