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Actor Russell Tovey and gallerist Robert Diament host Talk Art, a podcast dedicated to the world of art featuring exclusive interviews with leading artists, curators & gallerists, and even occasionally their talented friends from other industries like acting, music and journalism. Listen in to explore the magic of art and why it connects us all in such fantastic ways. Follow the official Instagram @TalkArt for images of artworks discussed in each episode and to follow Russell and Robert's latest art adventures.

Talk Art Russell Tovey and Robert Diament

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Actor Russell Tovey and gallerist Robert Diament host Talk Art, a podcast dedicated to the world of art featuring exclusive interviews with leading artists, curators & gallerists, and even occasionally their talented friends from other industries like acting, music and journalism. Listen in to explore the magic of art and why it connects us all in such fantastic ways. Follow the official Instagram @TalkArt for images of artworks discussed in each episode and to follow Russell and Robert's latest art adventures.

    Thomas J Price

    Thomas J Price

    Robert & Russell meet leading artist Thomas J Price (b. London, UK, 1981) .Price’s work across media, encompassing sculpture, film and photography, is engaged with issues of power, representation, interpretation and perception in society and in art. We discuss a wide range of his artworks from 'Reaching Out', a public sculpture depicting a young woman holding a mobile phone device in her hands, to the early performance piece, “Licked" (2001) to more recent large-scale “abstract” bronzes. Price has always utilised methods of presentation, material, scale, and detail in order to challenge viewers' expectations and assumptions.


    As an artist who is primarily led by concepts, Price has long been exploring the use of “figurative” sculptures as a device to engage with viewers in specific ways. These sculptures function as psychological portraits, depicting imagined subjects, whose features are in fact an amalgamation of sources: observed individuals, 'types' represented in the media, and ancient, classical and neoclassical sculptures. In this way the works ultimately serve as psychological portraits of us, the viewers, by revealing our socially learned attitudes and understandings as we create identities for the depicted characters.


    Importantly, Price’s practice extends beyond a strategy of figuration. In one example, sculptures of polished bronze are luxurious and monumental, first appearing to be abstract and rooted in the history of 20th century sculpture. They challenge our artistic institutions and the traditional holders of power to create an alternative narrative that seeks to highlight the mechanisms in place that reinforce cultural values.


    Follow @TPStudio on Instagram and his official website http://www.thomasjprice.com/


    Special thanks to Thomas and to the The Line London where Thomas' sculpture 'Reaching Out' (2020) is on public view. More details https://the-line.org/


    TALK ART BOOK is OUT NOW! Visit Waterstone's or The Margate Bookshop to buy our brand new book in the UK or Amazon or Bookshop.org in USA & Canada. Full list of links in our Linktree: https://linktr.ee/TalkArt


    For images of all artworks discussed in this episode visit @TalkArt. Talk Art theme music by Jack Northover @JackNorthoverMusic courtesy of HowlTown.com We've just joined Twitter too @TalkArt. If you've enjoyed this episode PLEASE leave us your feedback and maybe 5 stars if we're worthy in the Apple Podcast store. For all requests, please email talkart@independenttalent.com
     
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    • 1 hr 20 min
    Kenturah Davis

    Kenturah Davis

    New Talk Art!!!! Russell & Robert speak with leading artist Kenturah Davis from her studio in Los Angeles.Her work oscillates between various facets of portraiture and design. Using text as a point of departure, she explores the fundamental role that language has in shaping how we understand ourselves and the world around us. This manifests in a variety of forms including drawings, textiles, sculpture and performances.


    Kenturah Davis lives and works between Los Angeles and Accra, Ghana. The artist earned her BA from Occidental College, Los Angeles, and MFA from Yale University School of Art in 2018. Her work was included in Punch, curated by Nina Chanel Abney at Jeffrey Deitch, Los Angeles, in 2019. The Savannah College of Art and Design presented Everything That Cannot Be Known, a solo exhibition of her work, in 2020. Public projects include a major commission by the Los Angeles Metro Rail to create large-scale, site specific work that will be permanently installed on the new Crenshaw/LAX rail line, opening in 2021, and Four Women, a commissioned mural by Alliance Francaise to commemorate International Women’s Day, in Accra, Ghana. 


    (a)Float, (a)Fall, (a)Dance, (a)Death is Kenturah Davis’s first solo exhibition in New York at Jeffrey Deitch Gallery and runs until 19th June 2021. The exhibition is presented in collaboration with Matthew Brown, Los Angeles.


    Follow @Kenturah on Instagram and her official website http://www.kenturah.com/


    Special thanks to Kenturah and to Pippy Houldsworth Gallery for introducing us for this extraordinary episode. Learn more at @MatthewBrownLA and view images of Kenturah's current solo exhibition @JeffreyDeitchGallery.


    TALK ART BOOK is OUT NOW! Visit Waterstone's or The Margate Bookshop to buy our brand new book in the UK or Amazon or Bookshop.org in USA & Canada. Full list of links in our Linktree: https://linktr.ee/TalkArt


    For images of all artworks discussed in this episode visit @TalkArt. Talk Art theme music by Jack Northover @JackNorthoverMusic courtesy of HowlTown.com We've just joined Twitter too @TalkArt. If you've enjoyed this episode PLEASE leave us your feedback and maybe 5 stars if we're worthy in the Apple Podcast store. For all requests, please email talkart@independenttalent.com
     
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    • 1 hr 12 min
    Hauser & Wirth Somerset Exhibition, presented by BMW

    Hauser & Wirth Somerset Exhibition, presented by BMW

    New @TalkArt! Russell & Robert travel with BMW for an art adventure to Hauser & Wirth Somerset! We view the major outdoor sculpture 'Fountain’ (2017) by Nicole Eisenman, followed by a guided tour of Henry Taylor’s current exhibition with Dea Vanagan, Director of Hauser & Wirth Somerset. Followed by a chat with Aileen Corkery, Director of Hauser & Wirth London. 


    Henry Taylor culls his cultural landscape at a vigorous pace, creating a language entirely his own from archival and immediate imagery, disparate material and memory. Through a process he describes as ‘hunting and gathering,’ Taylor transports us into imagined realities that interrogate the breadth of the human condition, social movements and political structures.


    For his inaugural exhibition with Hauser & Wirth, the American artist has taken over all five galleries in Somerset to present a major body of sculptural work and paintings evolving in unison across the spaces. Throughout his four-decade long career, Taylor has consistently and simultaneously both embraced and rejected the tenets of traditional painting as well as any formal label. He has amassed a staggering body of highly personal work rooted in the people and communities closest to him, often manifested alongside poignant historical or pop-cultural references.


    Special thanks to @BMWUK and @BMWGroupCulture for this extraordinary trip to see such inspiring art! And happy birthday to @BMWGroupCulture for 50 years of cultural engagement. We can’t wait to see more exciting projects…


    TALK ART BOOK is OUT NOW! Visit Waterstone's or The Margate Bookshop to buy our brand new book in the UK or Amazon or Bookshop.org in USA & Canada. Full list of links in our Linktree: https://linktr.ee/TalkArt


    For images of all artworks discussed in this episode visit @TalkArt. Talk Art theme music by Jack Northover @JackNorthoverMusic courtesy of HowlTown.com We've just joined Twitter too @TalkArt. If you've enjoyed this episode PLEASE leave us your feedback and maybe 5 stars if we're worthy in the Apple Podcast store. For all requests, please email talkart@independenttalent.com
     
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    • 1 hr 23 min
    Laurie Anderson

    Laurie Anderson

    New Talk Art!!! Russell & Robert meet LIVING LEGEND Laurie Anderson @laurieandersonofficial, one of America’s most renowned – and daring – creative PIONEERS! Known primarily for her multimedia presentations, she has cast herself in roles as varied as visual artist, composer, poet, photographer, filmmaker, electronics whiz, vocalist, and instrumentalist. 


    We discuss her most recent works, as well as her 2015 film 'Heart Of A Dog', a favourite of Russell & Robert's! We learn of her artist residency at NASA and even debate whether animals can make art and discover more about a car opera Laurie wrote involving actual cars honking their horns!


    ‘O Superman’ launched Anderson’s recording career in 1980, rising to number two on the British pop charts and subsequently appearing on ‘Big Science’, the first of her seven albums on the Warner Brothers label.


    Laurie Anderson’s 1982 debut album, ‘Big Science’, will return to vinyl for the first time in 30 years with a new red vinyl edition on Nonesuch Records. In the early 1980s, Laurie Anderson was already respected as a conceptual artist and composer, adept at employing gear both high-tech and homemade in her often violin-based pieces, and she was a familiar figure in the cross-pollinating, Lower Manhattan music-visual art-performance circles from which Philip Glass and David Byrne also emerged. 


    While working on her now-legendary seven-hour performance art/theater piece United States, Part I–IV, she cut the spare ‘O Superman (For Massenet)’, an electronic-age update of 19th century French operatic composer Jules Massenet’s aria ‘O Souverain’, for the tiny New York City indie label 110 Records. In the UK, DJ John Peel picked up a copy of this very limited-edition 33⅓ RPM 7” and spun the eight-minute-plus track on BBC Radio 1. The exposure resulted in an unlikely #2 hit, lots of attention in the press, and a worldwide deal with Warner Bros. Records.


    Follow @LaurieAndersonOfficial on Instagram and her record label @NonesuchRecords for links to buy the limited edition red vinyl reissue of Big Science. 


    TALK ART BOOK is OUT NOW! Visit Waterstone's or The Margate Bookshop to buy our brand new book in the UK or Amazon or Bookshop.org in USA & Canada. Full list of links in our Linktree: https://linktr.ee/TalkArt


    For images of all artworks discussed in this episode visit @TalkArt. Talk Art theme music by Jack Northover @JackNorthoverMusic courtesy of HowlTown.com We've just joined Twitter too @TalkArt. If you've enjoyed this episode PLEASE leave us your feedback and maybe 5 stars if we're worthy in the Apple Podcast store. For all requests, please email talkart@independenttalent.com
     
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    • 40 min
    Graham Norton (Talk Art Book exclusive interview)

    Graham Norton (Talk Art Book exclusive interview)

    TURNING THE TABLES ON TALK ART with GRAHAM NORTON!!!!


    To celebrate the launch of the debut Talk Art book, Russell & Robert meet legendary broadcaster and best-selling author Graham Norton to discuss the writing of Talk Art - The Book! That's right, it's TALK ART BOOK release day!!! We are PUBLISHED AUTHORS!!!


    A huge THANK YOU to all the talented artists whose artworks are featured in the book and to our superstar editor Ella Parsons and the team @octopus_books_ & @ilex_creative & @chroniclebooks for helping us every step of the way. Thanks to Jerry Saltz for the beautiful foreword!!!! Special thanks to James Corden for interviewing us on the Audio Book, also available to buy now at Audible/Amazon!


    Follow Graham Norton @GrahNort on Instagram. Visit Waterstone's or The Margate Bookshop to buy our brand new TALK ART BOOK, out 13th May 2021 in UK & Europe, 18th May in USA & Canada.


    Talk Art is a wonderfully witty and accessible roadmap to contemporary art from the hosts of the hugely popular eponymous podcast. When launching the Talk Art podcast in 2018, actor Russell Tovey and gallerist Robert Diament had one clear aim: to make the art world more accessible. Since then, the podcast has grown to be a global hit, featuring exclusive interviews with leading artists, curators, gallerists, actors, musicians and fellow art lovers such as Tracey Emin, Lena Dunham, Sir Paul Smith, David Shrigley, Noel Fielding, Edward Enninful, Rose Wylie, Toyin Ojih Odutola and Sir Elton John.


    Talk Art, the book, is a beautiful and accessible celebration of contemporary art, and a guidebook to navigating and engaging with the art world. Covering a range of different media from photography and ceramics to performance and sound art, the book explores the way art interacts with our society, highlights lesser-known artists, and provides a snapshot of the art world as it is today. With a wealth of imagery - some never before seen in print and some created exclusively for the book - and an informative, engaging narrative, Talk Art will become the must-have book art lovers return to again and again.


    For images of all artworks discussed in this episode visit @TalkArt. Talk Art theme music by Jack Northover @JackNorthoverMusic courtesy of HowlTown.com We've just joined Twitter too @TalkArt. If you've enjoyed this episode PLEASE leave us your feedback and maybe 5 stars if we're worthy in the Apple Podcast store. For all requests, please email talkart@independenttalent.com
     
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    • 50 min
    Glenn Ligon

    Glenn Ligon

    Russell & Robert speak to leading artist Glenn Ligon from his studio in New York. We discuss the New Museum's current exhibition “Grief and Grievance: Art and Mourning in America,” and his collaboration with the late curator Okwui Enwezor. We discover Glenn's interest in artist's work such as Jean Michel Basquiat, Robert Rauscheberg, David Hammons and the lasting influence of Steve Reich’s audio work 'Come Out' (1966). We learn how his work has referenced forgotten texts from history, inspiration from literature in particular writers including Zora Neale Hurston and the Harlem Renaissance, James Baldwin and Alice Walker. 
    We discuss Andy Warhol's 'Shadows' (1978-79) painting, and hear how eclipsed light is a central theme in his own work, as well as ideas of beauty, his early interest in abstract expressionism and pottery classes he attended as a child. 


    Running until June 6, 2021, the New Museum presents “Grief and Grievance: Art and Mourning in America,” an exhibition originally conceived by Okwui Enwezor (1963-2019) for the New Museum, and presented with curatorial support from advisors Naomi Beckwith, Massimiliano Gioni, Glenn Ligon, and Mark Nash. “Grief and Grievance” will be an intergenerational exhibition, bringing together thirty-seven artists working in a variety of mediums who have addressed the concept of mourning, commemoration, and loss as a direct response to the national emergency of racist violence experienced by Black communities across America. The exhibition will further consider the intertwined phenomena of Black grief and a politically orchestrated white grievance, as each structures and defines contemporary American social and political life. “Grief and Grievance” will comprise works encompassing video, painting, sculpture, installation, photography, sound, and performance made in the last decade, along with several key historical works and a series of new commissions created in response to the concept of the exhibition.


    Follow @GlennLigon and @NewMuseum on Instagram. Visit www.GlennLigonStudio.com and New Museum's official website at: www.NewMuseum.org


    For images of all artworks discussed in this episode visit @TalkArt. Talk Art theme music by Jack Northover @JackNorthoverMusic courtesy of HowlTown.com We've just joined Twitter too @TalkArt. If you've enjoyed this episode PLEASE leave us your feedback and maybe 5 stars if we're worthy in the Apple Podcast store. For all requests, please email talkart@independenttalent.com
     
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    • 1 hr 18 min

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