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.
Epis.#292: artist/choreographer Madeline Hollander on her Whitney Museum show 'Flatwing'
Artist and choreographer Madeline Hollander talks about her brief but dramatic professional ballet career and her subsequent transition into becoming a visual artist via choreography and performance; her project Flatwing, a search for the elusive silent/chirp-less crickets on the island of Kauai, which led to a deep dive into evolutionary biology and a video installation at the Whitney Museum; and the turning points that led to her Whitney Biennial and this solo exhibition at the museum.
Epis.#291: How did he make that??! artist Lee Wagstaff and ArtistSupportPledge
Berlin-based artist Lee Wagstaff talks about his paintings and his recent career boost through his use of the Artist Support Pledge (#artistsupportpledge) platform-- how he learned of it, his strategies in using it, and how the smaller paintings he’s been making are an ideal format for it. He also talks about how he makes his optical-yet-visceral paintings, which involve a proprietary process that even his painter friends can figure out.
Epis. 290- Katarina Wong, No more FOMO (or 'I Shoulds')after the pandemic, plus renovating an apartment in Havana- part 2 of 2
In part 2, artist Katarina Wong talks about: her collective +1 +1, which fosters artist community serendipitously based on a non-competitive ethos, with sharing small works as an ice breaker; our shifting priorities since the pandemic, and our approach to FOMO and guilt when it comes to seeing, or not seeing, everything that’s out there; and writing a memoir about renovating an apartment she bought (with the logistical help of her cousin) in Havana, Cuba.
Can an artist get completely immersed in the making? Katarina Wong, part 1 of 2
Michael Shaw speaks with Katerina Wong, a New York City-based artist, curator, and writer, about working her way up to VP of Curatorial Engagement at the corporate communications company where she worked for over a decade; getting good at managing her (limited) time in the studio with a full-time job; going back to school for a masters in theological studies at Harvard; how we’re conditioned to make work for an audience, as opposed to having “pure dialogue” with just the work itself.
Epis.#288: Being a Museum Director during the Trump era- Laura Raicovich
Curator, writer and museum director Laura Raicovich talks about the challenges she faced as director of the Queens Museum, particularly around actively addressing the vulnerability of many Queens residents during the Trump era. She also discusses issues around diversity and her upcoming book, “Culture Strike: Art and Museums in an Age of Protest.” We also discuss the postponed Philip Guston retrospective and the various projects she’s taking on as her run as a museum director winds down.
Can art workers organize? Artist, writer and art world worker Robin Kaiser-Schatzlein on forming a union
Robin Kasier-Schatzlein talks with Michael Shaw and several listeners in the podcast's latest Virtual Cafe about his 'mini-memoir' "The Artist Isn't Dead: Eulogies for the creative class are premature. Art workers can organize—and survive." In the Conversation which features several listeners in the Q&A, Robin expands on his own experience being an artist, a writer, and working in the art world as a preparator, and organizing with his colleagues at MoMA PS1, where he's the shop steward.