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In this 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: 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? What do they get up to in the studio every day? And what is art for, anyway?
Series 1 of A brush with... focused mostly on painters, but the artists in series 2 use a wealth of media and work across a range of disciplines.
The podcast offers a fascinating insight into the inspirations, preoccupations and the working lives of some of the most prominent artists today.

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In this 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: 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? What do they get up to in the studio every day? And what is art for, anyway?
Series 1 of A brush with... focused mostly on painters, but the artists in series 2 use a wealth of media and work across a range of disciplines.
The podcast offers a fascinating insight into the inspirations, preoccupations and the working lives of some of the most prominent artists today.

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    A brush with... Tal R

    A brush with... Tal R

    This week, Ben Luke interviews the Danish artist Tal R about his influences and cultural experiences. In this in-depth conversation, the painter and sculptor discusses his early love of art and frustration with art school, the unlikely ritual that keeps his art fresh, and why pursuing mystery is perilous for an artist. He talks about the writers and music that he returns to, and discusses painters including Georges Rouault, Marsden Hartley and Alfred Wallis. Plus, he answers our usual questions, including which cultural experience changed the way he sees the world, what work of art he would most want to live with, and what he thinks art is for.
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    • 54 min
    A brush with... Tracey Rose

    A brush with... Tracey Rose

    Ben Luke talks to Tracey Rose about how her influences and cultural experiences have affected her life and work. Among other things, she talks about her education as the only Black child in a catholic school in South Africa and her performances in which she explored gender and race, pushing her body to extremes. She talks about the seismic effect of seeing international contemporary art after the end of Apartheid, about how Duchamp is the most "African" artist in the Modernist canon, and how exploring her ancestry has led her to research the East African slave trade and the earliest forms of human creativity. Plus, she answers the questions we ask all our guests, including: if you could live with just one work of art, what would it be? And what is art for?
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    • 58 min
    A brush with... Rachel Whiteread

    A brush with... Rachel Whiteread

    Ben Luke talks to Rachel Whiteread about how her influences and cultural experiences have affected her life and work. Among other things, she talks about the influence of her parents on her work; the enduring power of Piero della Francesca; the seismic effect of seeing Bruce Nauman's art; how poetry informs her sculpture; and she recalls memorable trips to Egypt and the Soviet Union. Plus, she answers the questions we ask all our guests, including: if you could live with just one work of art, what would it be? And what is art for?
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    • 58 min
    A brush with... Roni Horn

    A brush with... Roni Horn

    Ben Luke talks to the US artist Roni Horn about her life and work, with reference to the art, music and literature that are her influences and touchstones. Among much else, they discuss Horn's enduring engagement with the poems of Emily Dickinson, and the sculptures and installations that she has made as a result; her unique friendship with Felix Gonzalez-Torres and the works it inspired; the jazz and R&B singers that she has listened to throughout her life; and her profound experiences in Iceland, the subject of her new book, Island Zombie: Iceland Writings (Princeton University Press). Plus, the questions Ben asks all the guests on A brush with..., including: if you could live with just one work of art, what would it be? And what is art for?
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    • 59 min
    A brush with... Christina Quarles

    A brush with... Christina Quarles

    Ben Luke talks to the Los Angeles-based painter Christina Quarles about her life and work through her influences and cultural experiences. Quarles discusses her powerful figurative paintings. "I see them," she says, "as being portraits not of looking at a body, but portraits of being within your own body." She discusses the effect of living in Los Angeles and arriving there as a child at the point when the city was engulfed in riots prompted by police brutality; how her work might be as influenced by tchotchkes found in a thrift store just as much as works in museums; how writers like Audre Lorde and James Baldwin influenced her thinking; and how she listens to epic musicals as she works. Plus, the questions asked of all the guests on A brush with..., including which contemporary artists she most admires and which work of art she would most like to live with.
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    • 57 min
    A brush with... Ragnar Kjartansson

    A brush with... Ragnar Kjartansson

    Ben Luke talks to the Icelandic artist Ragnar Kjartansson in depth about his influences and cultural experiences. Among much else, they discuss Kjartansson's love of the 18th-century art and him being "horny in Rococo class" in school; his admiration for the painter Elizabeth Peyton; how reading Oscar Wilde's The Picture of Dorian Gray changed his life; and the collaborative ethos behind his video-installation masterpiece The Visitors (2012)—which emerged from "longing to to do something with your friends and people you admire". Plus, the questions asked of all the guests on A brush with..., including: if you could live with one work of art, what would it be? And what is art for?
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    • 56 min

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