51 episodes

In each episode of this show from David Zwirner, the gallery pairs artists and creative people to discuss art and their process for making things. Featuring major figures from the worlds of art, architecture, music, and beyond–Jeff Koons to Vija Celmins, Jeremy O. Harris to Hilton Als–in open-ended conversation.

Dialogues: The David Zwirner Podcast David Zwirner

    • Society & Culture
    • 4.8 • 273 Ratings

In each episode of this show from David Zwirner, the gallery pairs artists and creative people to discuss art and their process for making things. Featuring major figures from the worlds of art, architecture, music, and beyond–Jeff Koons to Vija Celmins, Jeremy O. Harris to Hilton Als–in open-ended conversation.

    Rirkrit Tiravanija and Elizabeth Peyton

    Rirkrit Tiravanija and Elizabeth Peyton

    The artists and former partners on what it means to be an artist now—and what it meant when they emerged in the New York art world of the 1990s. Tiravanija, who will have his first exhibition with the gallery in Hong Kong later this year, is renowned for participatory installations that have a living, social dimension to them. Peyton is one of her generation’s best-known painters, recognized for her intimate paintings of people.

    • 45 min
    Edwin Frank

    Edwin Frank

    The editorial director of New York Review Books and editor of NYRB Classics explains the origins and cult status of the incredibly popular series. Since its founding by Frank in 1999, NYRB Classics’s mission has been to reintroduce out-of-print gems to a new audience, everything from Walt Whitman’s Drum Taps to a Janet Malcolm work of journalism. Combined with a simple and magnetic design, this model inspired David Zwirner Books’s own ekphrasis series, which focuses on writing about art, and which just celebrated its 20th edition with the publication of Virginia Woolf’s Oh to Be a Painter!.  
    Oh to Be a Painter!, the most accessible collection of Woolf’s writing on art, is available through David Zwirner Books. The entire ekphrasis series is now available as a special collection. 

    • 30 min
    Jed Perl and Joshua Cohen

    Jed Perl and Joshua Cohen

    A conversation that parses the nuances of the question: Does art have to be political to be important right now? With the art critic Jed Perl, who just published Authority and Freedom: A Defense of the Arts, and the novelist Johsua Cohen, author of the acclaimed The Netanyahus: An Account of a Minor and Ultimately Even Negligible Episode in the History of a Very Famous Family, which fictionalizes the Israeli family in ways comic and serious. 

    • 45 min
    Jerry Saltz and Ellie Rines

    Jerry Saltz and Ellie Rines

    A conversation about the art of looking. The Pulitzer Prize-winning art critic and author Jerry Saltz, of New York magazine and the bestselling How to Be an Artist, and the influential young gallerist Ellie Rines, of New York’s 56 Henry, on doing their jobs in unorthodox ways—and how to look at the endlessly proliferating and increasingly uncategorizable art in the world today.
    And a warning to our listeners: This episode briefly mentions suicide, so please listen with caution or skip 44:34-45:30.

    • 53 min
    Amy Sillman

    Amy Sillman

    The celebrated artist on the role of art criticism today, and how she probes and ultimately goes beyond the limitations of her painting in her other practice as a writer. This episode with Sillman, who in 2020 published Faux Pas, a new collection of her writings, is guest-hosted by Jarrett Earnest, and is the last of his three-part miniseries on serious artists who are also serious writers. 

    Amy Sillman: Faux Pas is available here. Her work will be featured in the 2022 Venice Biennale, and was recently on view in Toni Morrison’s Black Book, an exhibition curated by Hilton Als at David Zwirner’s 19th Street gallery in New York.

    • 35 min
    A Scientific Theory of the Art World

    A Scientific Theory of the Art World

    What does evolutionary science have to do with the art world? A fascinating conversation with Richard Prum, a leading thinker in evolutionary ornithology who has developed a theory that impacts how we think about artistic genius, radicality, and the art world at large.

    • 43 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
273 Ratings

273 Ratings

Vanilla Sheet Cake ,

Love this podcast!

I’ve been looking for a podcast just like this. Good cadence and guests!

PDiPerna ,

Excellent trio in Hilton Als, Angela Davis in honor of Toni Morrison

Superb and enlightening dialogue about the legendary Toni Morrison and the importance of constant inquiry to illuminate racism across culture and generations.
Nice rhythm topic to topic as well.
Bravo.

Cantfigureoutnickname ,

Waiting for new season

Just found out this podcast and been fascinating with the viewpoints and stories given by these prominent artists. It is truly a pleasure to have a chance to listen to these conversations as an artworld outsider. The host asks interesting questions and knowing when to stop unlike other podcast hosts being kind of self centered sometimes. Host also have a great voice! Highly recommend, hope they will launch new season and keep on rolling it.

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