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.
Matthew Burrows, artist, founder of Artist Support Pledge
English artist Matthew Burrows - founder of Artist Support Pledge and recently awarded MBE, talks about building his studio in East Sussex, and why he left London; the perils of ultra-marathoning, including facing his fears (and getting hypothermia); his artist Support Pledge- how and why he started it, its successes, and how it has provided him with a full-time income thru the sales of his works; he also talks about how to set up your own Support Pledge, and who sells well on it and why.
Epis.#284: Best-of with Carolina Miranda, culture writer for the Los Angeles Times (from 2015)
For the end-of-year holidays we're re-running our fantastic conversation with Carolina A. Miranda of the L.A. Times, which originally ran as episode 110 back in 2015. In addition to a new tighter edit of that original episode, we also share two 'Words of the Year of Little Importance," and read a brief, art-world-relevant passage from "My Year of Rest and Relaxation" by Ottessa Moshfegh. I
Epis.#283: Los Angeles-Based Artist Colleen Hargaden: DIY sustainability, tiny houses, and the perils of an artist-run gallery
Colleen Hargaden discusses her exploration of subcultures and how to live sustainably and even potentially survive as our climate changes and we move closer to apocalypse. These subcultures involve doomsday prepping, DIY culture, and tiny house culture, which she says focus too much on self-sustainability when they need to be more about communal sustainability. As a special bonus addendum, the episode concludes with Hargaden’s experience with “100-person crits” during grad school.
Epis.#282: Nato Thompson's "Indig-Nation"- a curator's assessment of our cultural moment
In The Conversation’s first guest-featured Virtual Café, curator Nato Thompson talks riffs on how our biggest emotion - fear - is the modality of the internet, and how most internet chatter takes the form of social media- which has, ultimately, become our political discourse. He also talks his departure from the Philadelphia Contemporary (and nonprofits), and his new post directing the Alternative Art School, and ends with a great anecdote about his turning point towards becoming a curator.
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
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.
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Great conversations with the most interesting arts guests!
Thorough and thoughtful interviews with devoted and interesting persons working at all levels of the arts throughout the U.S. Always love the conversations as well as the morcels of arts news that get dropped at the end of some episodes.
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Great long form interviews with artists, curators, critics, and gallerists that will have you digging deep into older episodes and into links related to the interviews. I've found myself immersed in new artists, galleries and genres. Michael Shaw gains insight into varied aspects of what the contemporary art "world" is being doing and thinking. Love this!
Best Art Pod
I always look forward to hearing the next episode of The Conversation as I work in the studio. Interesting interviewees and an insightful host to tease out the good stuff(Art world navigational nitty-gritty!
Thanks for your work Michael Shaw!