Hosted by Dr. Sarah C. Schaefer (Assistant Professor, Art History, University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee) and Dr. Tina Rivers Ryan (Assistant Curator, Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, NY).
The Revolutionary Language of the Black Square
Back in February 2015, we discussed the history of 19th century French political satire in response to the tragedy of the mass shooting at the offices of the satirical publication Charlie Hebdo. In the wake of the insurrection at the Capitol in January 2020, our minds turned once again to the relationship between politics and the visual arts. This time around, we thought we would extend our conversation into the early 20th century, focusing on the Russian painter Kasimir Malevich and "Suprematism," which he developed in the heady years leading up to the Russian Revolution.
While Malevich's iconic "Black Square" paintings can seem like a radical break with the past, in this episode, we look at the trajectory of his career to understand how they emerged out of the context of early 20th century Russian and European avant-gardes. We conclude by discussing how a non-representational painting can still "represent" political ideals, and also touch on recent scholarship that revealed the painting's origins in anti-Black racism.
Two Art Historians Discuss NFTs, Part 2: Cryptoart vs. Conceptualism
In this follow-up to our discussion of NFTs and the NFT market, we consider how so-called "cryptoart"--or digital art that is bought and sold with NFTs--relates to the history of Conceptual art, which is often cited by those in the crypto community as its precedent. While most cryptoart is not "Conceptual art," it's not unrelated to it, either: both raise questions about the nature and value of art. The episode concludes with a brief discussion of some artworks by artists who are using blockchains to make art that really IS Conceptual, and who treat blockchain as a medium, and not just a transactional tool.
Teaser - SEEN: The Great
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(Bonus!) SEEN: Pablo Picasso in Jurassic Park
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Two Art Historians Talk about NFTs: Part 1
In this two-part series, we explore the recent explosion of interest around NFTs (non-fungible tokens) and digital art.
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I just stumbled across these podcasts and was so so excited. Dr. Schaefer was one of my professors and she was so enthusiastic and her teaching style and way of explaining and breaking things down is incredible. So so happy about the podcasts! :)
Clever, insightful, enjoyable through and through.
So glad to see this show back at the top of my feed. This show is both inspirational and relaxing, it’s prescient and engaging topics are well researched and communicated every time. The hosts have wonderful chemistry as well. This is an all rounder
How can you be an art historian and not know how to pronounce Guernica and Elgin?