A podcast full of art. News stories, gossip, and revisiting history you thought you knew, or always wished you did. Brought to you by artist Elizabeth Power and writer Jessie Hillcox. New episodes out monthly.
Episode 17 - Job losses at major art institutions, the Musee d'Orsay low-cut dress drama, and Sarah Lucas.
Artfully is BACK after a hiatus and despite a summer dominated by Covid-19, there are still some juicy art world controversies to feast upon. We take on the controversial job losses at the Tate galleries, the drama at the Musee d'Orsay after they refused entry to a woman in a low-cut dress, and the new Mayfair gallery opened by Charles Saatchi's daughter, Phoebe Saatchi Yates. We also share some good news from Christie's, who held an auction of works by Black artists where collectors had to pledge not to flip the works. Finally, from the sublime to the ridiculous: is Art Attack's Neil Buchanan actually Banksy?
Elsewhere we select our top tips for exhibitions this Autumn including Edmund de Waal at the British Museum and a girl power gang round-up of Cecily Brown, Chantal Joffe, Katherine Bernhardt, Jadé Fadojutimi and Flora Yukhnovich.
Our Artist Focus this episode is British artist Sarah Lucas. Born out of a boozy, party-hard YBA art scene, her profile has continued to rise to meteoric heights. She represented her country at the Venice Biennale in 2015, and nabbed her first American museum retrospective in 2018. We discuss sex, body parts, and those famous fried eggs.
(For the dog and cat lovers, here are the documentaries suggested by Jessie: https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/m000mf93)
Cecily Brown exhibition at Blenheim Palace until 3 January 2020: https://www.blenheimpalace.com/whats-on/events/cecily-brown-art-exhibition/
Chantal Joffe 'For Esme - with Love and Squalor' at the Arnolfini until 22 November: https://arnolfini.org.uk/whatson/chantal-joffe/
Katherine Bernhardt and José Luis Vargas 'Voodoo Mayo Ketchup' at Carl Freedman Gallery until 25 October 2020: https://carlfreedman.com/exhibitions/2020/voodoo-mayo-ketchup/
Grayson Perry 'The MOST Specialest Relationship' at Victoria Miro until 31 October 2020: https://online.victoria-miro.com/graysonperry-london2020/
Flora Yukhnovich 'Barcarole' at Victoria Miro Venice until 24 October 2020: https://online.victoria-miro.com/florayukhnovich-venice2020/
Jadé Fadojutimi 'Jesture' at Pippy Houldsworth Gallery until 31 October 2020: https://www.houldsworth.co.uk/exhibitions/12-jade-fadojutimi-jesture/press_release_text/
'Alfred Wallis Rediscovered' at Kettle's Yard 24 October - 3 January 2021: https://www.kettlesyard.co.uk/events/alfred-wallis-rediscovered/
Edmund de Waal 'library of exile' at the British Museum until 12 January 2021: https://www.britishmuseum.org/exhibitions/edmund-de-waal-library-exile
More than 300 artists sign letter in support of striking Tate workers: https://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/2020/sep/15/more-than-300-artists-sign-letter-supporting-striking-tate-workers
Why Tate Staff Are on Strike: https://www.frieze.com/article/why-tate-staff-are-strike
Maria Balshaw, Desert Island Discs: a...
Episode 16: Kerry James Marshall, a socially distanced auction, and Pace Gallery speaks out against homophobia.
Our slew of exhibition recommendations this month are inspired by luscious landscapes and a green palette, perhaps motivated by a Lockdown-enforced return to nature? Exhibitions include: Jules de Balincourt at Thaddaeus Ropac, Salman Toor at the Whitney, The Green Fuse at Frestonian Gallery, Rethinking Guernica at the Reina Sofia Museum, Lindsey Bull, Minyoung Choi, Nettle Grellier at bo.lee Gallery, and Daisy Parris at Sim Smith Gallery.
In the news, we delve into what the new hybrid Sotheby's sale means to the art market post-Covid, and what it could signify for sales throughout the rest of 2020. Is this the renaissance of the online auction? We also discuss the slew of homophobic comments Pace Gallery received on Instagram after posting a photograph of two men kissing by US photographer, Peter Hujar, and the Gallery's strategy of how to respond to them.
Our Artist Focus this month is the record-breaking African American artist Kerry James Marshall. Following a childhood in Birmingham, Alabama and Los Angeles, California, an exposure to the Black Power and Civil Rights movements had a significant impact on his paintings. Through a masterful control of colour and composition, Marshall sets out to portray central protagonists who are “unequivocally, emphatically black.”
Jules de Balincourt 'There are more eyes than leaves on the trees' at Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac, until 5 September: https://ropac.viewingrooms.com/viewing-room/
Salman Toor 'How Will I Know' at the Whitney: https://whitney.org/exhibitions/salman-toor
'The Green Fuse' at Frestonian Gallery, until 5 September: https://www.frestoniangallery.com/exhibitions/
Rethinking Guernica: https://guernica.museoreinasofia.es/en
Lindsey Bull, Minyoung Choi, Nettle Grellier at bo.lee Gallery on Artsy: https://www.artsy.net/show/bo-dot-lee-gallery-3-dot-3-lindsey-bull-minyoung-choi-nettle-grellier
Daisy Parris 'Star Studded Canopy' at Sim Smith Gallery: https://www.sim-smith.com/node/84
Men at the Barre - Inside the Royal Ballet: https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/m000jjjq
Sotheby’s First-Ever Hybrid Contemporary Evening Sale Format Nets an Impressive $300.4 Million: https://news.artnet.com/market/sothebys-tests-auction-waters-contemporary-evening-sale-1890889
Francis Bacon painting sells for $84M at first-of-its-kind virtual auction: https://edition.cnn.com/style/article/francis-bacon-sothebys-hybrid-auction/index.html
Painting Reaps 6,700% Return Months After the Artist’s Death: https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2020-07-01/painting-reaps-6-700-return-less-than-year-after-artist-s-death
Pace Gallery shuts down homophobic slurs on Instagram over Peter Hujar photographs: https://www.theartnewspaper.com/news/pace-gallery-homophobia-instagram
The World of Groundbreaking Artist Kerry James Marshall: a...
Episode 15: Indigenous Art, chasing Inigo Philbrick, museums' responses to Black Lives Matter, and Chantal Joffe
Welcome to our second Lockdown episode, which we recorded a couple of weeks ago.
As the world slowly starts to reawaken from the grasps of Covid-19, we're still tasked with consuming the majority of our art digitally. In this episode we review a selection of virtual viewings from around the world, which include: Josh Smith at David Zwirner (via a New York rooftop); Indigenous Art at the National Gallery of Victoria; Marlene Dumas at Xeno X Gallery in Antwerp; a Google tour of the Museu de Arte de São Paulo; a documentary of David Hockney exhibitions at the Royal Academy; and London's first dedicated public art walk 'The Line'.
Despite Lockdown, we still live in a fast-paced world, and both of the news stories we discuss have advanced and developed since recording, so we urge you to follow the show notes below for up-to-date coverage.
With this podcast we focus our gaze on the art world, but it was important to us to talk about Black Lives Matter and specifically about how the museum and gallery world has responded to it this month. Museums have widely been criticised for a predominantly hollow response to it. We hope to keep our eye on this important topic and observe how the art world sticks to its pledges over time.
Elsewhere in the art world we've been following the search for renegade art dealer Inigo Philbrick who sold artworks to multiple buyers, and then fled. (Since recording, Philbrick has now been arrested on the Pacific Island of Vanuatu.)
Focusing on American-born artist Chantal Joffe this episode, we discuss her depictions of women, motherhood, and pornography. Working in East London, Joffe relies on self-portraiture, and depicting the women around her, including her teenage daughter. We wonder how her daughter will look back at her time as her mother's muse!
Josh Smith 'High as Fuck' at David Zwirner, ongoing: https://www.davidzwirner.com/news/jos-high-as-fuck-exhibition
'Marking Time: Indigenous Art from the National Gallery of Victoria', ongoing: https://www.ngv.vic.gov.au/virtual-tours/marking-time/
Marlene Dumas 'Double Takes' at Xeno X Gallery, Antwerp: http://www.zeno-x.com/newsletters/2020MD_vimeo.html
Google Arts and Culture Tour of Museu de Arte de São Paulo Assis Chateaubriand: https://artsandculture.google.com/partner/masp
The David Hockney Royal Academy Documentary: https://www.royalacademy.org.uk/article/exhibition-on-screen-documentary-david-hockney
The Line: https://the-line.org/
Black Lives Matter - what art museums did next: https://makingamark.blogspot.com/2020/06/black-lives-matter-what-art-museums-did-next.html
Artists, Curators, and Dealers Launch Initiatives to Support Black Lives Matter Movement: https://www.artnews.com/art-news/news/art-world-black-lives-matter-protests-repsonse-1202689676/
Here is an up-to-date story that scopes out British museums too:
Controversy Over Museums’ Black Lives Matter Statements Continues as Critics Pillory British Institutions: a href="https://www.artnews.com/art-news/news/british-museums-black-lives-matter-statements-controversy-1202690203/"...
Episode 14: A bumper virtual viewing review, Picasso's Oslo Murals and Paul Nash
Welcome to our first lockdown podcast! And forgive us for our imperfect audio sins, but boy do we have a bumper catch up on our hands. We kick off with some virtual viewing reviews: Picasso on Paper, Andy Warhol at the Tate Modern, Quentin Blake at Hastings Contemporary, Google Arts and Culture Tours, and the Virtual Viewing Rooms at Frieze New York.
And to feed the lockdown boredom, we have a feast of documentary suggestions, and some creative inspiration courtesy of the The Artist Support Pledge and The Isolation Art School.
Believe it or not, but there are news stories in the art world that have nothing to do with Covid-19, and we found two of them. We discuss the controversial plans to demolish the buildings that host Picasso's murals in Oslo, and reviews of the 2020 BP Portrait Award winner and why people fixate on her label as a 'self taught' artist.
This episode's Artist Focus is war artist Paul Nash. Best known for his striking modernist landscapes of the trenches, Nash was an official war artist in both World Wars. We discuss the changes in his works between the two wars, how witnessing death and destruction influenced his work, and his inter-war experimentation in Surrealism.
Picasso on Paper at the Royal Academy: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oOOY6GbV9Ks
Andy Warhol at the Tate Modern: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZjgAd6Z-dd0
Quentin Blake ‘We live in worrying times’ at Hastings Contemporary: https://www.hastingscontemporary.org/exhibition/quentin-blake-we-live-in-worrying-times/
Google Arts and Culture Tours: https://artsandculture.google.com/story/10-top-museums-you-can-explore-right-here-right-now/igKSKBBnEBSGKg
The Virtual Viewing Room at Frieze New York: https://frieze.com/fairs/frieze-viewing-room
Becoming Matisse documentary: https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/m000hqt7
Lee Miller - A Life on the Front Line documentary: https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/m000hy2p
The Artist Support Pledge: visit @artistsupportpledge on Instagram
The Isolation Art School: visit @isolationartschool on Instagram
Grayson's Art Club on Channel 4: https://www.channel4.com/programmes/graysons-art-club
The Cel del Nord Virtual Residency: https://celdelnord.com/virtual-residency
Picasso's Murals in Oslo are at the Centre of a Major Controversy: https://www.architecturaldigest.com/story/picasso-murals-oslo-major-controversy
Jiab Prachakul - Will Gompertz reviews BP Portrait Award Winner: https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-52592969
Paul Nash, The Landscape of Modernism, film: https://henitalks.com/talks/paul-nash-the-landscape-of-modernism/
Review: Propaganda, Power and Persuasion at the British Library: a...
Episode 13: Aubrey Beardsley at the Tate Britain, the Nazi-looted painting that still hangs at the Met, and Artemisia Gentileschi
*Episode 13 was recorded in March before the UK-wide lockdown began. We've been battling with disruptions caused by the Coronavirus and therefore the release of this episode was delayed.*
Whilst stuck at home, and hopefully staying safe, we offer a glimpse at exhibitions of the pre-lockdown era including: the early works of Alan Davie and David Hockney at the Towner Gallery, a slightly-problematic experience of Cao Fei at the Serpentine Galleries, and Aubrey Beardsley at the Tate Britain.
New developments at the US Supreme Court mean that the restitution of art looted by the Nazis during the Holocaust is back in the news again. In particular we discuss the appeal over the ownership of Picasso's The Actor, which is currently hanging at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York.
And we've gone back in history further than we've ever gone before for our Artist Focus, as we discuss the life and work of Italian Baroque painter Artemisia Gentileschi. Unknown to many, the 17th century painter will be the subject of her own eponymous solo exhibition at the National Gallery in London later this year. As the world wakes up to her legacy, we celebrate her unique contribution to women artists, and her incredibly dramatic life.
Alan Davie and David Hockney: Early Works until 31 May 2020 at the Towner Gallery: https://www.townereastbourne.org.uk/exhibition/alan-davie-and-david-hockney-early-works/
BRINK: Caroline Lucas curates the Towner Collection until 10 May 2020: https://www.townereastbourne.org.uk/exhibition/caroline-lucas-curates-the-towner-collection/
Cao Fei 'Blueprints' until 17 May 2020 at the Serpentine Galleries: https://www.serpentinegalleries.org/exhibitions-events/cao-fei
Aubrey Beardsley, until 25 May 2020 at the Tate Britain: https://www.tate.org.uk/whats-on/tate-britain/exhibition/aubrey-beardsley
The US Supreme Court's silence on Nazi art theft fails Holocaust survivors: https://www.theartnewspaper.com/comment/the-us-supreme-court-s-silence-on-nazi-art-theft-fails-holocaust-survivors
We also refer to the 2015 movie 'The Woman in Gold' starring Helen Mirren.
Get to know the Baroque painter, Artemisia Gentileschi: https://www.thegallyry.com/post/rachael-siddall-on-artemisia-gentileschi
Artemisia Gentileschi at the National Gallery: https://www.nationalgallery.org.uk/exhibitions/artemisia
Episode 12: Jean-Michel Basquiat, Among the Trees at the Hayward Gallery, Derek Jarman and Prospect Cottage.
Before we get started with Episode 12, please note this was recorded before the Coronavirus situation escalated in the UK. This will explain our proximity to each other, and the journeys around the UK to visit exhibitions. We plan to address how the art world can support itself and others in the face of this pandemic in future episodes. Please everyone, take care.
But before all the galleries did close, we were able to get in front of James Turrell at Pace Gallery, Among the Trees at the Hayward Gallery, and 'Friends of Derek' at the Lucy Bell Gallery.
We couldn't discuss art world news without touching on the impact of Coronavirus on the art world community. Since recording, the impact has increased further and has almost shutdown daily life. Now we turn to the digital realm in order to keep our cultural fix!
Episode 12's Artist Focus is Jean-Michel Basquiat. The American artist, of Haitian and Puerto Rican descent, used social commentary in his paintings to take on his experiences in the black community in 1980s New York. Well known for both his graffiti and his later neo-expressionist work, he is synonymous with a generation of New York celebrity creatives and for his relationships with fellow artists, Andy Warhol and Keith Haring.
(Note most galleries are now temporarily closed)
James Turrell at Pace Gallery, until 23 May 2020: https://www.pacegallery.com/exhibitions/james-turrell-9/
Among the Trees at Southbank Centre, until 17 May 2020: https://www.southbankcentre.co.uk/whats-on/exhibitions/hayward-gallery-art/among-the-trees
'Friends of Derek' at Lucy Bell Gallery, until 31 March 2020: https://www.lucy-bell.com/exhibition/friends-of-derek-fod
Vietnamese curator dropped because of Coronavirus prejudice: https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/mar/05/vietnamese-curator-dropped-because-of-coronavirus-prejudice
What toll will COVID-19 take on Europe's arts? A letter from Italy: https://frieze.com/article/what-toll-will-covid-19-take-europes-arts-letter-italy
Basquiat and Haring: unprecedented art show revives the 'manic draughtsmen' of 80s New York: https://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/2019/nov/30/basquiat-and-haring-unprecedented-art-show-revives-the-manic-draughtsmen-of-80s-new-york
Black Art after Basquiat - Is Past still Present in the Art World?: https://www.highsnobiety.com/p/basquiat-impact-on-black-art-world/