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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.
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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.
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    Jenna Gribbon

    Jenna Gribbon

    Talk Art RETURNS for Season 12!! Yes, TWELVE!!! Thanks for listening. We've recorded over 160 episodes so far and yet this new season still feels like the best yet!!!!
    For the first episode, we meet American artist Jenna Gribbon at her solo exhibition titled 'Light Holding', her first show for Massimo De Carlo gallery. Her paintings question the feelings and implications of seeing and being seen through their exploration of performative, constructed and real intimacy. We discuss Agnes Varda, Manet, queerness, painting, intimate portraits, Mary Cassatt, Athens (Georgia), Mackenzie Scott (Torres) and much more!
    Jenna's London solo exhibition 'Light Holding' is now open at Massimo De Carlo on South Audley Street, and runs until 26th February 2022. Free entry!
    Jenna Gribbon’s paintings draw from memory, art history, and contemporary life. Her syncretic canvases draw on several centuries of painting: figures disporting themselves in a sylvan setting recall Fragonard’s fêtes galantes; an interiors swiftly brushed-on walls evoke the cursory backgrounds of Mary Cassatt; gently distorted architectural features summon the laissez-faire depictions of Karen Kilimnik. Sampling freely from various representational techniques and movements, Jenna Gribbon’s paint handling swerves from the virtuosic to the intentionally slapdash; fast, impressionistic strokes often about minutely illustrated details, highlighting the artist’s interest in collapsing numerous pictorial strategies into a single canvas. Jenna Gribbon was recently featured on the cover of Purple Magazine. She has been included in exhibitions at the Museum of Modern Art, Warsaw; Museum of Contemporary Art, Jacksonville; and the Kurpfalzicches Museum, Heidelberg, and at the Frick Museum (upcoming).
    Jenna Gribbon (b.1978, Knoxville, Tennessee) lives and works in Brooklyn, New York, US. Special thanks to Francesca, Lara at Massimo De Carlo gallery. Follow @JennaGribbon on Instagram and her galleries @MassimoDeCarloGallery and @FredericksAndFreiser Visit: https://www.massimodecarlo.com/ and https://www.fredericksfreisergallery.com/
    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 

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    • 1 hr 16 min
    Jeff Koons, presented by BMW

    Jeff Koons, presented by BMW

    Talk Art HOLIDAYS SPECIAL!!! This very special episode was recorded from Pace Gallery, New York!!! We are proud to collaborate again with BMW to bring you a conversation with iconic artist Jeff Koons. 
    We discuss Jeff's passion for art which he discovered at an early age, we discuss his student years in Chicago and working for Ed Paschke, whose technicolor renderings of superheroes and other pop icons were an early source of inspiration. We learn of Koons’s first job at the Museum of Modern Art, and his first major works that invoked commodity fetishism: titled The New, they comprised vacuum cleaners displayed on or in Plexiglas boxes over grids of fluorescent light. We explore why he chose stainless steel and reflective surfaces within his most celebrated sculptures and how art can truly change lives.
    Jeff Koons’ latest collaboration with BMW is THE 8 X JEFF KOONS, a hand-painted limited interpretation of a BMW M850i xDrive. The special edition BMW will debut in spring, but we met with Koons to discuss how and why this exclusive vehicle came into being. And as we soon learned: It’s about more than just the car. The 8 Series Gran Coupe will be for sale in a limited collector’s edition after its world premiere at Frieze Los Angeles in February 2022.
    In 2010, Koons created a unique BMW M3 GT2 Art Car which performed at the 24 Hours of Le Mans race. The Koons BMW M3 GT2 is now part of the BMW Art Car collection (➜ Read also: The history of BMW Art Cars), placing the artist in the same category as fellow BMW Art Car creators like Andy Warhol, Alexander Calder, Roy Lichtenstein, and David Hockney, to name a few.
    That same year, the rock singer Bono from U2 wrote in an editorial for the New York Times that Jeff Koons should have a part in designing the car of the future. BMW and Koons continued the conversation and are now proud to announce their latest collaboration at the invitation of Angelika Nollert, director of Neue Sammlung – The Design Museum, in Munich’s Pinakothek der Moderne.
    Follow @JeffKoons and @PaceGallery for more information. Visit http://www.jeffkoons.com/ and for more information on his new car with BMW: https://www.bmw.com/en/design/bmw-8-x-jeff-koons.html
    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 in the new year… Thanks for listening everyone!! Have a wonderful holidays... see you for more Talk Art adventures in 2022!!!!
    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 1 min
    Aisling Bea

    Aisling Bea

    Russell & Robert meet the ONE AND ONLY writer, actor, comedian, global icon AISLING BEA!!!
    Recorded at Aisling’s home in London on Fireworks night 5th November, we speak about growing up in Kildare, Ireland and an inspiring art teacher Gill Berry who transformed the way Aisling and her sister, and highly respected costume designer, Sinéad Kidao saw the world! We discuss how art education can help to come to terms with her childhood grief and many of life’s challenges and the lasting impact of Gill’s art lessons on Aisling’s writing including her award winning TV series ‘This Way Up’.
    We learn about Aisling’s passion for collecting and living with art including artworks by the late painter Bartholomew Beal who passed away in 2019, fellow comedian Joe Lycett, cartoonist Will McPhail, Charlie Mackesy, Annie McGrath, Eleanor Thom, Lynn Kennedy, Oliver Kilby and Clare Henderson. We explore the importance of playfulness, combatting writers block, happy memories of her mother, a former jockey, and their creative home environment to help Aisling to be herself and fulfil her potential.
    We discuss her brother in law’s Nebbia Works' recent installation at V&A, a self-supporting pavilion from simple aluminium sheets as part of the London Design Festival to highlight the material's sustainable potential. We learn about Sound Advice is a platform exploring spatial inequality. Sound Advice is co-hosted by Pooja Agrawal and Joseph Henry, urbanists who met working at the Greater London Authority. They share their interests for fighting inequality both in the built environment and in the sector.
    Follow @WeeMissBea on Instagram. Aisling's Bafta award-winning TV show 'This Way Up' Series 1 and 2 is available to stream now on All 4 https://www.channel4.com/programmes/this-way-up. Her new movie 'Home Sweet Home Alone' is also OUT NOW just in time for the holidays!
    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 38 min
    Jim Partridge and Liz Walmsley

    Jim Partridge and Liz Walmsley

    Russell & Robert meet artists Jim Partridge and Liz Walmsley, who have worked together designing and making furniture and other functional woodwork for over 30 years. The scope of their work ranges from the small and domestic to monumental outdoor pieces. By the time the partnership began Jim had already established a reputation for his vessels and small scale furniture.
    Initially they worked on outdoor projects, building public seats, footbridges, and shelters.  They have always said that their intention was to make “work with a strong but quiet presence in the landscape”.  This statement remains true, even though they have broadened that landscape to include built environments.  Projects include an altar for Christ Church Cathedral in Oxford, seats for Compton Verney Art Gallery, RHS Wisley and Warwick University, furniture for Ruthin Crafts Centre, a bridge in North Wales and the large Ridgeons seat in CB1 Cambridge and, more recently a series of work for the Harley Gallery at Welbeck, Nottinghamshire which involved a redesign of the reception area, seating for inside and outside the new gallery to house the Portland collection, and outdoor cafe furniture.
    Alongside their site-specific commissioned work their studio furniture, much of which is carved from blocks of green oak, often scorched and polished to a lustrous black finish, regularly appears in exhibitions and is in public collections across the world, including the V&A in London, the Fitzwilliam Museum in Cambridge and Manchester Art Gallery.  The work has twice been shortlisted for the Jerwood Furniture prize. In 2019 their work was selected as one of 29 finalists from a field of over 2,500 international entries for the Loewe Craft Prize and exhibited in Tokyo, Japan. More information at Loewe Craft prize 2019
    This autumn there is work in the 'Signature in Wood' exhibition at the Sarah Myerscough Fine Art gallery and in the 'On the Table' exhibition at Oxford Ceramics Gallery.
    'On The Table' exhibition runs 22nd December 2021 at Oxford Ceramics Gallery. Follows @OxfordCeramicsGallery and their official website is: www.oxfordceramics.com
    Jim and Liz's website is at: www.jplw.co.uk
    "Jim Partridge and Liz Walmsley treat wood in a way it deserves, not with a finely turned perfection, but with a strong sense of the material’s true vigour, retaining that elemental simplicity you find in lengths of raw timber, and in the essential life of the grain. Their various sculptural bowls (Partridge’s individual work), seats, benches and bridges are not only bold pieces of concentrated form, but carry a semblance of ritual, a sense of directness and simplicity found too in tribal or early European artefacts. But the language is confidently modern, the work as at home with contemporary architecture as in the broader British landscape from which it springs and with which it so skilfully merges. Born in Leeds in 1953, Partridge attended the John Makepeace School at Parnham House. For many years Jim and Liz have been based in Shropshire." (Bio written by David Whiting).
    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  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

    • 1 hr 10 min
    Charmaine Watkiss

    Charmaine Watkiss

    Russell and Robert meet British artist Charmaine Watkiss to explore the themes and inspirations behind her first solo exhibition at Tiwani Contemporary in London. The Seed Keepers (2021) is a new series of drawings that fuse Watkiss' interests in botany, herbalism, ecology, history, and Afrofuturism. Researching the medicinal and psychical capabilities of plants, Watkiss has personified a matrilineal pantheon of plant warriors safeguarding and facilitating cross-generational knowledge and empowerment.
     
    The show consists of a body of entirely new works on paper and explores the use of full colour - a first for Watkiss. The drawings of women in luminal spaces along with her ‘plant warriors’ have a mystical quality which exist outside our linear time and space. The natural world is at the forefront of most of our imaginations right now; and this show explores narratives around ancient plant knowledge and its relationship to women of African descent.
     
    Charmaine Watkiss’ practice addresses themes including diaspora, ritual, tradition, ancestry, and cosmology. In the past, she has explored the usage of blue stemming from her research into the long history of indigo including its production on the plantations of colonial America and Caribbean and sacred use in ancient African cultures, particularly with reference to the funerary rites, spiritual beliefs, and cosmologies of West African and ancient Egyptian cultures. She draws connections between ancient tradition, knowledge, and our lives - asking what role ritual and its practice plays in contemporary experience. 
     
    Charmaine Watkiss lives and works in London. She holds a MA in Drawing, from UAL Wimbledon College of Art (2018). Recent exhibitions include RA Summer Exhibition, Royal Academy of Arts, London (2021); To the Edge of Time, KU Leuven Libraries, Belgium (2021); Breakfast Under The Tree, Carl Freedman Gallery, Margate (2021); Me, Myself and I, Collyer Bristow Gallery (2020); Trinity Buoy Wharf Drawing Prize (2019), Wimbledon College of Art MA Degree Show (2018); Against Static (Curated by Tania Kovats), Wimbledon Space (2018).
    Follow @MsWatkiss on Instagram and her website https://charmainewatkiss.com/ Visit the gallery on Instagram too at @TiwaniContemporary. Charmaine's new exhibition 'The Seed Keepers' runs til 5th December 2021. View images at Tiwani Contemporary's official website: https://www.tiwani.co.uk/exhibitions/64-charmaine-watkiss-the-seed-keepers/overview/
    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 9 min
    Kate Bryan (Talk Art Live in London)

    Kate Bryan (Talk Art Live in London)

    TALK ART LIVE in London!!! Join the inimitable hosts of Talk Art, Robert Diament and Russell Tovey for a live podcast recording as they interview Kate Bryan.
    Kate Bryan is Global Head of Collections at Soho House and author of a new book about artists that died too young, 'Bright Stars'. Recorded at Soho House White City in front of a sold out live audience, they cover big names such as Vincent Van Gogh, Jean Michel Basquiat and shine a light on lesser known talents like Khadija Saye, Paula Modersohn Becker and Amrita Sher Gil.
    In 'Bright Stars', Kate Bryan examines the lives and legacies of 30 great artists who died too young, celebrating their inspirational stories and extraordinary talent. Some of the world’s greatest and most-loved artists died under the age of forty. But how did they turn relatively short careers into such long legacies? What drove them to create, against all the odds? And how can we use these stories to re-evaluate artists lost to the shadows, or whose legacies are not yet secured? 
    Most artists have decades to hone their craft, win over the critics and forge their reputation, but that’s not the case for the artists in this book. Art heavyweights Vincent van Gogh and Jean-Michel Basquiat have been mythologised, with their early deaths playing a key role in their posthumous fame. Others, such as Aubrey Beardsley and Noah Davis, were driven to create, knowing their time was limited. For some, premature death, compounded by gender and racial injustice, meant being left out of the history books – as was the case with Amrita Sher-Gil, Charlotte Salomon and Pauline Boty, now championed by Kate Bryan in this important re-appraisal. And, as Caravaggio and Vermeer’s stories show us, it can take centuries for forgotten artists to be given the recognition they truly deserve.  
    With each artist comes a unique and often surprising story about how lives full of talent and tragedy were turned into brilliant legacies that still influence and inspire us today. This is a celebration of talent so great it shines on. Beautifully illustrated by Anna Higgie with portraits of the artists, as well as reproductions of some of their most famous works, this important and timely work makes a crucial contribution to our understanding of the lives of some of the most talented artists throughout history.
    Kate Bryan is an arts broadcaster, curator, mentor and writer. She is Head of Collections for Soho House & Co. globally and has written and presented television programmes for Sky Arts, Sky Arte Italia, BBC Two and BBC Four. She is a judge on the annual Sky Arts competition programmes Portrait Artist of the Year and Landscape Artist of the Year, and the author of The Art of Love (White Lion Publishing, 2019).
    Follow @KateBryan_Art on Instagram and visit her official website at https://katebryanart.com/ Buy Kate's new book 'Bright Stars' from this link, OUT NOW! Buy 'Talk Art Book' from this link, also OUT NOW!
    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...
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    • 1 hr 35 min

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