NYT art critic to lecture on Andy Warhol and the Art of Textiles

The Textile Museum of Canada is pleased to present New York-based art historian and critic Blake Gopnik who will offer the Museum’s 40th Anniversary Lecture Andy Warhol and the Art of Textiles on Wednesday June 3, 2015 at 6 pm, followed by a private reception and fundraising dinner with the speaker at 7:30 pm. Long-time art critic of the Globe and Mail, The Washington Post and Newsweek, Gopnik is now critic-at-large at Artnet News and a frequent contributor to the New York Times.

At work on the first comprehensive biography of Andy Warhol for HarperCollins, Gopnik will explore the unique place that textiles had in Warhol’s art, life and career. Such materials were central to Warhol; from the beginning of his career he worked with textiles, collected them, was influenced by them, and designed them. Textiles were an integral part of his lifelong exploration of the interplay of artistic and mechanical production and interest in the intersections of high and mass culture, art and commerce.

Tickets to the lecture are $25, with discounted admission for students and Museum members at $20. Tickets for the lecture as well as reception and dinner with Blake Gopnik are $250. To purchase, visit TMCGopnik.eventbrite.com, call 416-599-5321 x2246 or email [email protected].

This event is presented in conjunction with the Textile Museum of Canada’s feature exhibition Artist Textiles: Picasso to Warhol organised and circulated by the Fashion and Textile Museum, UK. This major summer exhibition offers an overview of textile design by some of the world’s most celebrated artists including Pablo Picasso, Salvador Dali, Sonia Delaunay, Henri Matisse, Henry Moore, Andy Warhol and Alexander Calder – many on public display for the first time.

Visit www.textilemuseum.ca for more information.