The Twitters are already abuzz with the news and, of course, Michael Calderone has the memo: Washington Post fashion critic Robin Givhan and art critic Blake Gopnik are leaving the paper. The memo to staff from the Style section’s editors gives almost no details on why Givhan is departing, but says that Gopnik is “now taking on a new opportunity in New York, the place he has long understood and explained but will now fully inhabit.”
(We have, of course, noted that WaPo‘s arts critics sometimes seem to have their heads more in New York than here. “Fully inhabit” seems to suggest WaPo editors have noticed that, too.)
Both departures are, of course, huge losses for the Post. Givhan is a Pulitzer winner with a large following. Gopnik is a smart critic who’s been killing it lately with his commentaries on the Smithsonian’s removal of a David Wojnarowicz video. The ARTINFO blogger Tyler Green recently called Gopnik’s Wojnarowicz coverage some of the best writing of his career.
But the big question, dear readers who are quite culturally attuned, is this: Who will be Givhan and Gopnik’s replacements? Do speculate in the comments.
Read the memo here.
UPDATE | 6:12 p.m.: The New York Times says Givhan is leaving to work for Tina Brown, the soon-to-be-editor of the soon-to-be-merged Newsweek and Daily Beast.