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In this new podcast, based on The Art Newspaper's regular interview series, our host Ben Luke talks to artists in-depth. He asks the questions you've always wanted to know: who are the artists, historical and contemporary, they most admire? Which are the museums they return to? What are the books, music and other media that most inspire them? And what is art for, anyway?
The first season of episodes, released each Wednesday, features four conversations with painters, starting with the Kenyan-British artist Michael Armitage.

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    • 4.6 • 13 Ratings

In this new podcast, based on The Art Newspaper's regular interview series, our host Ben Luke talks to artists in-depth. He asks the questions you've always wanted to know: who are the artists, historical and contemporary, they most admire? Which are the museums they return to? What are the books, music and other media that most inspire them? And what is art for, anyway?
The first season of episodes, released each Wednesday, features four conversations with painters, starting with the Kenyan-British artist Michael Armitage.

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    A brush with... Rashid Johnson

    A brush with... Rashid Johnson

    In the last podcast of the first season of A brush with..., Ben Luke talks to Rashid Johnson about the cultural experiences that have had an impact on his life and work. They discuss his beginnings as a photographer, but how he quickly occupied a "post-medium space", working in everything from film to sculpture, installation and, as with the other artists in the series, in painting. Rashid talks about his use of materials like black soap and shea butter, the role of books in his work, and the personal and political background to his recent body of Anxious works, culminating in the new Anxious Red paintings. Through the conversation, Rashid reveals the influence of cultural figures as diverse as the hip-hop star Rakim, writers including Toni Morrison and Paul Beatty, and artists as diverse as Roy DeCarava, Franz Kline, Jean Dubuffet and David Hammons. He also answers our regular questions about studio rituals, the one artwork he would choose to live with, and, finally, what is art for?
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    A brush with... Chantal Joffe

    A brush with... Chantal Joffe

    In the latest in this new series from The Art Newspaper, Ben Luke talks to Chantal Joffe about the cultural experiences that have had an impact on her life and work. They discuss the shift in her work from early paintings based on pornography to recent depictions of herself and her daughter; they explore the writers and music that she returns to for inspiration, the museums she regularly visits and the daily rituals of her studio life. Above all, they talk about art in-depth, and the inspiration of artists as diverse as Piero della Francesca, Edgar Degas, Paula Modersohn-Becker, Chaim Soutine, Maria Lassnig and David Wojnarowicz.
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    A brush with... Jenny Saville

    A brush with... Jenny Saville

    In the latest episode of The Art Newspaper’s new podcast, Ben Luke talks to Jenny Saville about her cultural experiences and their effect on her work and life. We learn about how her uncle inspired her to explore the Old Masters and match their ambition, how having children hugely affected the way she works, the visit to an artist’s studio that changed her life, the epic poetry that drives her painting into new territories, the strange rituals in her daily practice. Ultimately, we explore in depth her passion for art and the compulsion to respond to the world through paint.


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    A brush with... Michael Armitage

    A brush with... Michael Armitage

    In the first episode of our new podcast series featuring conversations with painters, host Ben Luke talks to Michael Armitage about his life and work through his cultural experiences: the artists, living and long gone, who he most admires; the art he has pinned to his studio wall; the museum that holds endless inspiration; the writers he returns to; the music he plays as he paints in the studio; the rituals of his daily practice. We learn about the unique fusion of East African and European culture at the heart of Armitage's paintings, explore the ways that the art of the past can infuse the present day; and ultimately ponder the wonderful, yet at times absurd, act of painting.
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    Trailer: A brush with... the new podcast by The Art Newspaper

    Trailer: A brush with... the new podcast by The Art Newspaper

    Introducing A brush with... a new podcast series by the team behind The Week in Art at The Art Newspaper. Each week in this four-part series, the host Ben Luke has a conversation with a leading painter, exploring their life and work through their cultural experiences, asking the questions you've always wanted to know: who are the artists, historical and contemporary, they most admire? Which are the museums they return to? What are the books, music and other media that most inspire them? And what is art for, anyway? Download the first fascinating episodes now.
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Customer Reviews

4.6 out of 5
13 Ratings

13 Ratings

henrogthegreat ,

So much to chew on

Your conversation with Saville was so inspiring. So many art podcasts feel rather chaotic or narcissistic. This felt so expansive and sent me running to the studio. Thank you so much

_Waggs ,

More more more please!

Excellent interview, very simple format which allows the interviewee to be authentic. Beautiful conversations.

bduluth ,

Excellent interviewing style.

A great way to dive a bit deeper into the minds of working artists. It’s a well thought out, well carried out interview, and you can tell the host has really spent time thinking deeply about the process of making art.

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