Art Attack with Lizy Dastin and Justin BUA is a new kind of art podcast—engaging, informed, accessible and raw. Join artist BUA and art historian Lizy as they debate topical artworld happenings, bringing their unique—often contradictory—perspectives to the conversation.
BUA is an internationally distinguished painter, television personality, writer, entrepreneur and teacher. He is perhaps best known for his renderings of often-overlooked characters that define the urban landscape; for instance, his iconic image, The DJ, has become one of the most celebrated and reproduced prints of all time. BUA has roots in the graffiti scene in New York City, co-created and hosted the Street Art Throwdown competition series for the Oxygen Network, and has published two acclaimed books, The Beat of Urban Art and The Legends of Hip Hop, through Harper Collins.
Lizy Dastin is an Art History instructor at UCLAx and Santa Monica College with a focus on contemporary art and urban practice. She has previously taught at Chapman University, The American Jewish University, Mercy College and the School of Visual Arts and has worked on curatorial projects at the Metropolitan Museum, the International Center of Photography and the Whitney Museum of American Art. Lizy, founder of street art information hub Art and Seeking, is a passionate advocate of street art and its makers and is committed to creating a digital archive of this otherwise ephemeral practice.
Que Serra, Serra
The sculptures and public artworks of post-Minimalist Richard Serra are dazzling in their massive scale and quietly contemplative in their aesthetic simplicity. Join our hosts as they discuss Serra's sculptural innovations, public art controversies and the ways in which he activates viewers through an experiential design.
Art in the Wake of Pandemics
With the terrifying outbreak of COVID-19, we're all living in a new reality. Pandemics; however, are not new and have, throughout history, generated hopeful, helpful and life-saving artistic responses. Join our hosts as they discuss a panoply of art that has emerged from pandemics ranging from the Bubonic Plague to the Spanish influenza to the HIV/AIDS epidemic to the Ebola virus.
Photography: the Real Beginnings
It's widely written that photography was "invented" by Louis Daguerre in 1839; however, nothing has such a clear or clean origin story. Join our hosts as they dissect the very beginnings of photography: how it was invented when it was, who used this new medium, why that matters and who actually invented it.
Down for Dali
Salvador Dalí is one of history's most iconic, ironic, illogical, irreverent, and integral artists. Best known for his melting clocks and curvy mustache, Dalí created masterful surrealistic landscapes that unlock the collective unconscious and speak to our most intimate and vulnerable anxieties. Join our hosts as they attempt to decode the ultimately unknowable paintings and persona of Dalí.
Ai Weiwei Go!
Chinese artist Ai Weiwei is arguably the most vehemently anti-authoritarian living artist. In his work across media, Ai tackles the tropes of history, surveillance, abuse of power, and what it means to test the limits of freedom. Join our hosts as they explore the work, the provocations and the activism.
Art in Nature, Nature as Art
In the late 1960s, artists began to expand the parameters of art in exciting ways: what it can look like, what it can be made from, where it can be located. Many took to nature--or took materials from nature--to better integrate the world, and concept of impermanence, into art. Join our hosts as they journey through their favorite land art creations.
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I’m a lifetime art lover, and I’m really happy that I found this refreshingly informative Podcast. I grew up outside of Manhattan and grew up visiting museums in the City. Though I’m not an artist, I’ve spent the next 30 years in New York and Boston studying/enjoying art. The directness of opinions, the honest reviews, the scope of knowledge and the just-plain-fun that exudes from this Podcast is amazing. It’s the new wave of learning - entertaining with true scholarship, no dumbing-down here, just two great teachers who clearly love their subject.
Learning additional facts/opinions about artists I’m familiar with (Schiele, Basquait, etc), finding new love of artists I’ve known but under appreciated (I took my daughters to Rockwell’s studio in Massachusetts, and they loved it, but I never fully appreciated his contribution until I heard an Art Atrack podcast on him), and hearing original analysis that ignites new interest in overseen art (My appreciation of The Scream has been reinvigorated).
After reading Cleveland’s book, A History of American Tonalism, I’d love to hear a podcast on Tonalism, which Cleveland calls a “distinctively American art form,” and includes Whistler and lays the groundwork for American Modernism.
I’d also love to hear something on Cambodian artists - Sothy Chhim (“Dancing”), Cheanick Nov (“Sitting”), and maybe include Tiwanese artists like Lee Shih-Chiao (“Sound of Water from Caoshang”)?
You discuss how great art can come out of torment, and you can’t get more torment than the history of Cambodia.
And, is it possible to discuss the history of and effects of Art Criticism from Alberti to Ruskin (who you touched in with Whistler) to Apollinaire to Greenberg and Read?
Wait! one more - Audubon. Where does he fit in?
Art Attack should be required reading for every artist and every art student.
Art attack keeps me going! Its one of my main sources of inspiration and energizing outlets that I thrive off of as an artist. You guys teach me so much about art history while giving great insight of the discourse on todays art as well as its reaction to history. Your podcast simultaneously provides the public with priceless knowledge about the art world while stimulating artists and creatives during our time in the studio with ought having to have our nose buried in text. Just want to express how much I value the show and hope you keep doing this for as long as you can! Sometimes its hard to get the right information these days about anything, that being said I feel so great full to have your found your show, a source of such great information about my passion.
Best show I’ve heard
I cannot believe how much I love this show! Lizy in particular is absolutely addictive and I highly recommend. You’d be an art fool not to listen!