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Welcome to The Lonely Palette, the podcast that returns art history to the masses, one painting at a time. Each episode, host Tamar Avishai picks a painting du jour, interviews unsuspecting museum visitors in front of it, and then dives deeply into the object, the movement, the social context, and anything and everything else that will make it as neat to you as it is to her. For more information, visit thelonelypalette.com | Twitter @lonelypalette | Instagram @thelonelypalette.

The Lonely Palette Tamar Avishai

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Welcome to The Lonely Palette, the podcast that returns art history to the masses, one painting at a time. Each episode, host Tamar Avishai picks a painting du jour, interviews unsuspecting museum visitors in front of it, and then dives deeply into the object, the movement, the social context, and anything and everything else that will make it as neat to you as it is to her. For more information, visit thelonelypalette.com | Twitter @lonelypalette | Instagram @thelonelypalette.

    Ep. 53 - Painting Edo, Post-Pandemic

    Ep. 53 - Painting Edo, Post-Pandemic

    The world is reopening just as Harvard's special exhibition "Painting Edo: Japanese Art from the Feinberg Collection" is permanently closing, having been open to the public for one heartbreakingly short month. But the exhibition, which documented the Edo period in all its diverse, aesthetic richness, doesn't have to be in front of you to describe its uncannily Buddhist and modernist moment, or to share in the strange lightness of ours.

    This episode was produced with support from Harvard Art Museums.

    See the images:
    http://www.thelonelypalette.com/episodes/2021/6/5/episode-53-painting-edo-post-pandemic

    Music used:
    The Blue Dot Sessions, “Noe Noe,” “A Certain Lightness,” “Algea Trio,” “Kilkerrin,” “Gullwing Sailor,” “Two Dollar Token,” “Silent Flock”
    Billie Holiday, “Blue Moon”

    Support the show:
    www.patreon.com/lonelypalette

    • 31 min
    LookWithYourEarsEp. 0.2: The Figure

    LookWithYourEarsEp. 0.2: The Figure

    The Lonely Palette is collaborating with the Addison Gallery of American Art in celebration of the museum's 90th anniversary! In this episode, we're using the Addison's collection to explore the figure, which, in art history, is almost exclusively the object of the gaze. But what does it mean when the body – that is, the multi-dimensional person who inhabits it – steps behind the lens as well to take back control?

    Artists Explored:
    Lalla Essaydi, Laurie Simmons, Cindy Sherman, Lorna Simpson, Sally Mann, Dawoud Bey

    See the Images:
    https://bit.ly/34AE9Xw

    Music Used:
    The Blue Dot Sessions, “The Zeppelin,” “Dirty Wallpaper,” “Polycoat,” “Pastel de Nata,” “Turning to You,” “The Consulate”

    Further Listening:
    The Lonely Palette on Mary Cassatt: https://bit.ly/3uFM9Bj

    Support the Show:
    www.patreon.com/lonelypalette

    • 21 min
    LookWithYourEarsEp. 0.1: Abstraction

    LookWithYourEarsEp. 0.1: Abstraction

    The Lonely Palette is collaborating with the Addison Gallery of American Art in celebration of the museum's 90th anniversary! In this episode, we're using the Addison's collection to explore abstraction, i.e. the one guaranteed way to alienate your visitor. Or...maybe not? Maybe, when it comes to art without a fixed meaning, our presence is requested, and even required?

    Artists Explored:
    Agnes Martin, Jackson Pollock, Mark Bradford, Jasper Johns, Donald Judd

    See the Images:
    https://bit.ly/34AE9Xw

    Music Used:
    The Blue Dot Sessions, “The Zeppelin,” “Pinky,” “Flattered,” “A Little Powder,” “Arizona Moon,” “Daymaze,” “The Summit,”
    Jason Leonard, “Ritual Six”

    Further Listening:
    The Lonely Palette on Jackson Pollock: https://bit.ly/3eUQdsE
    The Lonely Palette on Jasper Johns: https://bit.ly/3hDFq82

    Support the Show:
    www.patreon.com/lonelypalette

    • 22 min
    TeaserEp 0.3 - Look With Your Ears (in partnership with the Addison Gallery of American Art)

    TeaserEp 0.3 - Look With Your Ears (in partnership with the Addison Gallery of American Art)

    In honor of the Addison Gallery of American Art's 90th anniversary, we've teamed up to release a three-part podcast series! We'll be taking a thematic view of their diverse and world class collection, exploring abstraction, the figure, and the urban sublime. New episodes will be released on The Lonely Palette feed every two weeks beginning Tuesday, May 18th.

    For more information on the exhibition, visit:
    https://addison.andover.edu/Exhibitions/90/Pages/default.aspx.

    Music used:
    The Blue Dot Sessions, "Waterbourne"

    • 1 min
    Re-ReleaseEp. 37 - Ansel Adams' "The Tetons and Snake River" (1942)

    Re-ReleaseEp. 37 - Ansel Adams' "The Tetons and Snake River" (1942)

    In honor of Earth Day 2021, we're re-releasing our episode on quintessential dorm room photographer Ansel Adams, and re-exploring how his own travels around, and documentation of, this complicated, contradictory, beautiful country inspired him to want to preserve it - from the mountains to the prairies to the oceans white with foam - in the most exquisite way possible.

    Music used:
    The Andrews Sisters, "Bei Mir Bist Du Schoen"
    The Blue Dot Sessions, “Vibrant Canopy”, “Bridgewalker”, “The Yards”, “Silver Lanyard”, “Velvet Ladder”
    Tamar Avishai, “Michigan”
    Joe Dassin, “Les Champs-Elysees"

    See the images:
    https://bit.ly/2znbBEL

    Support the show:
    www.patreon.com/lonelypalette

    • 27 min
    Ep. 52 - Ólafur Elíasson's "Untitled (Spiral)" (2017)

    Ep. 52 - Ólafur Elíasson's "Untitled (Spiral)" (2017)

    The Danish-Icelandic artist Ólafur Elíasson is understandably inspired by the natural elements. But what we might not necessarily glean at first glance - of, say, a gallery pumped full of precipitation, or a simple spinning spiral - is that these elements can inspire us to change the world.

    Music used:
    The Andrews Sisters, "Bei Mir Bist Du Schoen"
    The Blue Dot Sessions, “Daymaze,” “Plate Glass,” “Discovery Harbor,” “Wahre,” “Checkered Blue,” “Quarry Clouds,” “Enter the Room”

    See the images:
    https://bit.ly/3sJUXWu

    Support the show:
    www.patreon.com/lonelypalette

    • 31 min

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609 Ratings

609 Ratings

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Soothing and sentimental!

I’ve learned so much about art and myself. I listen to it while painting.

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Brings a smart, fun, and often memorizing twist to Art History

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This is the kind of stories and reflections about art that I love and always wanted more of. Not only does a podcast about visuals work, but it’s a fascinating and intimate way to invite you to take a closer look at what makes art and what makes it human.

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