100 episodes

A podcast featuring both one-on-one and three-way roundtable conversations with contemporary artists, dealers, curators, and collectors--based in Los Angeles, but reaching nationally and internationally.

The Conversation Art Podcast Michael Shaw

    • Visual Arts
    • 4.3 • 11 Ratings

A podcast featuring both one-on-one and three-way roundtable conversations with contemporary artists, dealers, curators, and collectors--based in Los Angeles, but reaching nationally and internationally.

    Epis.#281: Steve Lambert (part II of II), on how Capitalism works - and doesn't work - for him

    Epis.#281: Steve Lambert (part II of II), on how Capitalism works - and doesn't work - for him

    In Part 2, Steve Lambert, he discusses his most well-known artwork, Capitalism Works For Me, Lambert himself says “false”, it doesn’t work for him, despite being in a better position than others and lists reasons why within the episode. He also weighs his career making more gallery-friendly art with his art for social change, and how he’s ultimately come down on the latter. His work thru the Center Artistic Activism was just featured here- https://c4aa.org/2020/10/cbs-this-morning-on-unstoppable-vot

    • 1 hr 1 min
    Epis.#280: Steve Lambert, artist and co-founder of the Center for Artistic Activism

    Epis.#280: Steve Lambert, artist and co-founder of the Center for Artistic Activism

    Beacon, NY-based artist and professor Steve Lambert talks about the Center for Artistic Activism, the non-profit he co- founded, including a project in Macedonia that addressed the rampant corruption with a "Bribe Box," a clever workaround for illegal protesting in Barcelona, and training artist-activists in actually achieving ‘wins,’ unambivalently, and the complex relationships between art and activism and how they can come together.

    • 1 hr 13 min
    NYC-based Artist Michelle Vaughan on 'A Movement of Women'

    NYC-based Artist Michelle Vaughan on 'A Movement of Women'

    Michelle Vaughan discusses her life as an artist in New York City, including living and working out of her Chinatown apartment. She dives deep into her heavily research-based process as seen in projects, including inbreeding among the Habsburgs of 16th and 17th century Europe. She also discusses at length her current show up in Bushwick, called A Movement of Women, which features a full gallery installation detailing the history of conservative women in America over the last 100 years.

    • 1 hr 12 min
    Epis.#278: Los Angeles-based sculptor Alicia Piller

    Epis.#278: Los Angeles-based sculptor Alicia Piller

    Los Angeles artist Alicia Piller talks about gradually moving westward, winding up at Cal Arts for her MFA after being charmed during her interview visit. Her time in grad school is described as being a close-knit community where she also was really able to push herself. She discusses her post-grad breakdown, being driven to create without choice, the lessons she learned from having a solo show with a shady gallerist, and selling a big sculpture to the Hammer Museum.

    • 49 min
    Epis.#277: New York-based art critic Seph Rodney

    Epis.#277: New York-based art critic Seph Rodney

    Senior Editor for Hyperallergic and New York Times regular contributor Seph Rodney talks about his long journey to becoming a full-time art critic. As an undergrad he was an English Major, before moving on to an MFA that would deepen his storytelling abilities, and then to his PhD. The road has been long and tumultuous with financial struggle much of the way, getting by with the help of friends, family, and, on one occasion, a tech billionaire. Rodney talks about his current place in the art world, the principles that guide his pen and his mind, “threading the needle,” elitism in the art world, American culture’s White Supremacist foundation, and winning the 2020 Rabkin Art Journalism Prize.  Rodney says that when it comes to writing, he “does not aspire to be unbiased but, rather, aspires to be upfront and honest about his biases.” 

    • 1 hr 3 min
    Epis.#276: Greg Allen on "Naked Stratification" (in the art world)

    Epis.#276: Greg Allen on "Naked Stratification" (in the art world)

    Greg Allen expands on a thought from Part 1: “selling baubles of the anointed few to the billionaire class.” He proves this is true through what he calls the “naked stratification” of museum galas, the epitome of “art or art-like things done for a tiny audience that either bought their way in or control an institution.” He also discusses moving from his adopted home of New York to D.C., his resistance to hyping up the “market darlings,” and his wish-list artists as a collector.

    • 59 min

Customer Reviews

4.3 out of 5
11 Ratings

11 Ratings

Sarah CrowEST ,

The best art odcast ....

.... that is a typo - erroneously leaving out the 'p'. I decided to leave it because not only am I delirious with jetlag but it seems oddly apt. This conversational podcast, driven by Michael Shaw, dives deep into 'the lives of the artists' and the curators, writers, dealers etc that bloom around them. It's easily my favourite art podcast as he brims with curiosity and doesn't hold back with the questions. Shaw presses forward to draw out the salient details - mostly on a practical everyday level - revealing the often extraordinary, sometimes strange shapes made by the participants in various art worlds.

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