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Welcome to The Lonely Palette, the podcast that returns art history to the masses, one painting at a time. Each episode, host Tamar Avishai picks a painting du jour, interviews unsuspecting museum visitors in front of it, and then dives deeply into the object, the movement, the social context, and anything and everything else that will make it as neat to you as it is to her. For more information, visit thelonelypalette.com | Twitter @lonelypalette | Instagram @thelonelypalette.

The Lonely Palette Tamar Avishai

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    • 4.5 • 44 Ratings

Welcome to The Lonely Palette, the podcast that returns art history to the masses, one painting at a time. Each episode, host Tamar Avishai picks a painting du jour, interviews unsuspecting museum visitors in front of it, and then dives deeply into the object, the movement, the social context, and anything and everything else that will make it as neat to you as it is to her. For more information, visit thelonelypalette.com | Twitter @lonelypalette | Instagram @thelonelypalette.

    BonusEp 0.3: Tamar Avishai interviews The Guerrilla Girls

    BonusEp 0.3: Tamar Avishai interviews The Guerrilla Girls

    The Guerrilla Girls, the self-professed "Conscience of the Art World," are a band of feminist activist artists, who have been wearing gorilla masks in public and using facts, humor, and outrageous visuals to expose gender bias, ethnic bias, and corruption in the art world since the mid-1980s. Join Tamar for a conversation with two of their founding members.

    [2:29]: Introductions.
    [3:41] Why choose these artists as your pseudonyms?
    [5:37]: The origin story of the Guerrilla Girls (and their font!).
    [8:17]: How has the group changed and evolved, both internally and in terms of its mission? Has progress been made?
    [15:49]: The joys and pitfalls of all-women shows. Is “woman artist” a problematic phrase?
    [23:18]: Is there something that innately connects women artists?
    [27:43]: Reflecting on our inflamed current moment, and whether things are indeed getting better.
    [34:33]: How do we get people excited about artists they’re not familiar with, and who fall outside the established canon?
    [38:16]: How to reach out to people who disagree with you.
    [42:47]: How the Guerrilla Girls changed the rules for artists who came after them.

    Follow the Guerrilla Girls:
    www.guerrillagirls.com

    Interview webpage:
    https://bit.ly/3lGETBi

    Music used:
    The Blue Dot Sessions, "Pinky"

    • 46 min
    Ep. 49 - Claes Oldenburg's "Giant Toothpaste Tube" (1964)

    Ep. 49 - Claes Oldenburg's "Giant Toothpaste Tube" (1964)

    Somewhere between the life of the mind and the boots on the ground sits Pop artist Claes Oldenburg, who wants us to see that both of those worlds are one and the same, and that there's value, and even beauty, to our joy-sparking stuff (and maybe we can finally let ourselves admit it.)

    See the images:
    https://bit.ly/3hcHjVq

    Music used:
    Django Reinhardt, “Django’s Tiger”
    The Andrews Sisters, "Bei Mir Bist Du Schoen"
    The Blue Dot Sessions, “Cradle Rock,” “Sylvestor,” “A Little Powder,” “Our Only Lark,” “Town Market,” “Contrarian,” “The Rampart”
    Joe Dassin, “Les Champs-Elysees"

    Episode sponsor:
    https://sfosguide.com/

    Support the show!
    www.patreon.com/lonelypalette

    • 36 min
    Ep. 48 - Anselm Kiefer's "Margarete" and "Sulamith" (1981)

    Ep. 48 - Anselm Kiefer's "Margarete" and "Sulamith" (1981)

    The art of postwar German artist Anselm Kiefer and the poetry of Holocaust survivor Paul Celan have a lot in common. They’re both layered, dense, hard to read, and most of the time you’re not quite sure if you get it. And while this might seem like an onerous way to understand history, sometimes the best starting point is through the layered, dense, and idiosyncratic ways that an individual processes trauma. So grab a spelunking hardhat and together we'll mine these layers of metaphor and materials, texture and text, golden straw and blackened ash, that comprise the unimaginable.

    This episode was produced with support from the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. Learn more at www.sfmoma.com.

    See the images:
    https://bit.ly/31gUSwW

    Music used:
    The Blue Dot Sessions, “The Bus at Dawn,” “Silky,” Drone Pine,” “Tiny Bottles,” “Inamorata,” “Tapoco,” “The Summit,” “Cirrus,” “Derailed,” “Insatiable Toad,” “Dolly and Pad,” “A Pleasant Strike”

    John Williams, performed by Itzhak Perlman & Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, “Theme from Schindler’s List”

    Support the show:
    www.patreon.com/lonelypalette

    • 55 min
    Re-ReleaseEp. - Keepers of the Culture: an Evening with Ekua Holmes and Dr. Barry Gaither

    Re-ReleaseEp. - Keepers of the Culture: an Evening with Ekua Holmes and Dr. Barry Gaither

    In honor of Juneteenth, we're re-releasing the audio of a live event from January 2018 at the PRX Podcast Garage, titled "Keepers of the Culture: A Celebration Of Maduna And Holmes." The evening was a celebration of two award-winning artists, collaborators, and friends, whose work was on display at the garage's exhibition space. Their sculptures, masks, and collage-based works are an exploration of ancestral voices, family histories, and the power of hope, faith and self-determination.

    The evening was divided into two parts: a conversation between Ekua and Tamar, which included audio produced around Ekua's collage, "All Fly Home," and an exploration of interpretation and storytelling - as applicable to art as it is to podcasting. The second part was a powerful lecture by art historian Barry Gaither, on Vuzi's work, Ekua's work, and the myriad roles artists and viewers have the joy and the responsibility of playing for and with one another.

    Ekua Holmes is a painter and collage artist who uses news clippings, photographs, vibrant color, and skillful composition to infuse her work with energy. Her layered, abstract creations convey a sense of unity and evoke memories that are both personal and universal. In her collages, she revisits the joy and challenges of childhood through adult eyes. These works reexamine the foundational relationships, games, and rule that we learn at an early age and apply throughout our lives.

    Vuzi Maduna (1940 - 2007) was a sculptor and painter who spent much of his life as an artist resident of the Gallery at the Piano Factory in Boston. Maduna began his exploration of African culture with a study of African religions which led him to further examine and interpret the traditional embodiment of belief and myth. Educated at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, he was a member of the African American Master Artists in Residency Program of Northeastern University. His work has been exhibited in the MFA and the ICA, as well as in Tokyo and the People’s Republic of China. Yet Maduna returned to the neighborhoods of his childhood to create pieces that remind us of the African heritage that many in the community share. His public installations are located in Cambridge (the Margaret Fuller House, the Cambridge Community Center, The King School) and in the Boston area, including The Judge, in Roxbury.

    Edmund Barry Gaither is the founding Director and Curator of the Museum of the National Center of Afro-American Artists (NCAAA), an organization that he developed from a concept to an institution with collections exceeding three thousand objects and a thirty-two year history of exhibitions celebrating the visual arts heritage of black people worldwide. Gaither is also Special Consultant at the Museum of Fine Arts (MFA), Boston where he has served as curator for eight exhibitions including a ground breaking show in l970, Afro-American Artists: New York and Boston.

    Special thanks to Kerri Hoffman and PRX, Alex Braunstein and the PRX Podcast Garage, Gina James, and WGBH.

    • 35 min
    TeaserEp 0.2: The Raw Material Summer Mixtape (in partnership with SFMOMA)

    TeaserEp 0.2: The Raw Material Summer Mixtape (in partnership with SFMOMA)

    I'm thrilled to share the teaser for the upcoming season of Raw Material from SFMOMA, which I have the privilege of guest hosting. The season is a curated "mixtape" of art and art-adjacence podcasts (including episodes from 99% Invisible, Everything Is Alive, Recording Artists, and others, including a bonus new episode of The Lonely Palette), all of which explore the idea of The Beholder's Share: why an audience is so necessary for an artwork to become its most fully-realized self. This is an urgent-enough question on its own, but during a pandemic, when museums are closed, it becomes vital. So let's bring these objects to life together - not in person, but through our headphones.

    The series drops August 4th. Subscribe to Raw Material wherever you get your podcasts.

    SFMOMA's Raw Material:
    https://www.sfmoma.org/raw-material/

    Music used:
    The Blue Dot Sessions, "Dirty Wallpaper"

    • 4 min
    Re-ReleaseEp. 31 - Hiroshi Sugimoto's "Byrd Theater, Richmond, 1993" (1993)

    Re-ReleaseEp. 31 - Hiroshi Sugimoto's "Byrd Theater, Richmond, 1993" (1993)

    The Lonely Palette is currently the podcast-in-residence at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, and we're partnering up to bring the museum to you during its closure due to Covid-19 by spotlighting both the rock star and the lesser-known objects from the museum's permanent collection. So relax into your PJs, put your feet up, and let's #MuseumFromHome together.

    This week: Trying to capture time in art is like trying to pin a wave upon the sand or hold a moonbeam in your hand. So leave it to Japanese photographer Hiroshi Sugimoto to do it so effectively by taking us to the Golden Age of Cinema.

    The exhibition "Seeking Stillness" was view at the MFA from September 24, 2017 to September 3, 2018.

    See the images:
    http://www.thelonelypalette.com/episodes/2018/7/5/episode-31-hiroshi-sugimotos-byrd-theater-richmond-1993-1993

    Music used:
    The Andrews Sisters, "Bei Mir Bist Du Schoen"
    The Blue Dot Sessions, "Cash Cow", "Aourourou", "A Little Powder", "Delicious", "Astrisx", "Bliste"
    Joe Dassin, “Les Champs-Elysees"

    Support the show!
    www.patreon.com/lonelypalette

    • 29 min

Customer Reviews

4.5 out of 5
44 Ratings

44 Ratings

olipackman ,

Perfect Art Podcast

Such an informative, interesting and well made podcast. I absolutely love the episodes I’ve listened to and I’m already worried for the day I’ll have finished them all. Exactly what I was looking for in an art history podcast and it’s really made me look at art in a new light.

Adamski198413 ,

Relaxed, non pretentious and easy listening

Thoughtful, insightful analysis that is well researched and a gateway to further research. Each episodes always causes me to pause and reflect.

AnotBot ,

Ruined by distracting music

I really like the way Tamar approaches each of the works of art, but find it impossible to get through an episode without being distracted by the use of inappropriate music. This is a mistake that many Youtubers make, but their followers usually point this out and they get through this phase. Unfortunately that hasn’t happened here. There are good examples of using appropriate music, like 99% Invisible, so it is not the use of music that is the problem.. it is when it becomes distracting that it becomes a problem. Though I really like this podcast I now find it impossible to listen too, which is a shame as Tamar does bring a real insight to the work she discusses.

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