Talk Art

By Russell Tovey and Robert Diament

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Actor Russell Tovey and gallerist Robert Diament host Talk Art, a podcast dedicated to the world of art featuring exclusive interviews with leading artists, curators & gallerists, and even occasionally their talented friends from other industries like acting, music and journalism. Listen in to explore the magic of art and why it connects us all in such fantastic ways. Follow the official Instagram @TalkArt for images of artworks discussed in each episode and to follow Russell and Robert's latest art adventures.


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Joe Lycett
01:11:52

It's the Talk Art SEASON 9 FINALE!!??!! And what a GENIUS guest we have for you!!! We meet artist, comedian and all-round national treasure JOE LYCETT, aka Hugo Boss, aka Mummy!!!


We discuss his love of making art, Grayson’s Art Club, Birmingham, Alan Sugar, his friendship with fellow artist/comedian Harry Hill and unnecessary words for describing garden produce! We learn about his artistic parents - mother Helen who encouraged and shares Joe’s passion for painting and his father who creates lino prints and illustrations, we explore Joe's interest in graphic design and how he began to create sculptures. We introduce Joe to Stella Vine’s work whilst discovering his favourite artists including Mr Bingo, Foka Wolf, David Shrigley and his god daughter who is fast becoming a great artist and poet!!! We hear of his joy making limited edition prints and his customer service skills posting them out to his loving public!!!


Follow @JoeLycett on Instagram! Visit Joe's official website including his limited edition prints shop https://joelycett.com/ and find out how to get tickets for his 2022 UK tour 'MORE MORE MORE'!


Thanks for listening to Season 9!!! We are taking a few weeks break but will return for Season 10 this Summer. We've already been recordings some fascinating new episodes for YOU!!! In the meantime, be sure to catch up on over 130 one-hour episodes from the Talk Art podcast, our treasured archive of creative thinking.


TALK ART BOOK is OUT NOW! Visit Waterstone's or The Margate Bookshop to buy our brand new book in the UK or Amazon or Bookshop.org in USA & Canada. Full list of links in our Linktree: https://linktr.ee/TalkArt


For images of all artworks discussed in this episode visit @TalkArt. Talk Art theme music by Jack Northover @JackNorthoverMusic courtesy of HowlTown.com We've just joined Twitter too @TalkArt. If you've enjoyed this episode PLEASE leave us your feedback and maybe 5 stars if we're worthy in the Apple Podcast store. For all requests, please email talkart@independenttalent.com

 

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Jun 17, 2021
Ellie Tate (Art Without Walls Special Episode)
00:45:19

Talk Art special episode supported by CAMPARI!! We meet emerging artist Ellie Tate to discuss her new artworks featured in CAMPARI’S #ArtWithoutWalls, the UK’s largest outdoor gallery in Shoreditch! Open to the public and free of charge, this new exhibition runs from 14th - 27th June. The streets of Shoreditch have been transformed into a live art gallery; featuring projections of over 500 artwork from hundreds of emerging artists whose livelihoods have suffered due to the pandemic. 


We learn how the pandemic has impacted Ellie’s work. We discuss colour and form, Kandinsky, Ellsworth Kelly, Carmen Herrera, Marina Adams, Georgia O’Keeffe, Patricia Treib and much more! 

You can purchase Ellie’s artworks, as well as any of the #ArtWithoutWalls featured artworks, via the Affordable Art Fair’s official website and also by using the scannable QR codes that are visible on the corner of the projected artwork. 100% of the proceeds will go back to the artists and help support the recovering arts industry. 


Follow @EllieTateArt and @CampariUK on Instagram to get the latest news and updates on this exiting exhibition. Follow @affordableartfairuk on Instagram. Visit #ArtWithoutWalls in Shoreditch from 14th- 27th June. To purchase Ellie’s artwork and explore all the other incredible artists involved, head to the Affordable Art Fair website!!!


For images of all artworks discussed in this episode visit @TalkArt. Talk Art theme music by Jack Northover @JackNorthoverMusic courtesy of HowlTown.com We've just joined Twitter too @TalkArt. If you've enjoyed this episode PLEASE leave us your feedback and maybe 5 stars if we're worthy in the Apple Podcast store. For all requests, please email talkart@independenttalent.com

 

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Jun 15, 2021
Thomas J Price
01:20:06

Robert & Russell meet leading artist Thomas J Price (b. London, UK, 1981) .Price’s work across media, encompassing sculpture, film and photography, is engaged with issues of power, representation, interpretation and perception in society and in art. We discuss a wide range of his artworks from 'Reaching Out', a public sculpture depicting a young woman holding a mobile phone device in her hands, to the early performance piece, “Licked" (2001) to more recent large-scale “abstract” bronzes. Price has always utilised methods of presentation, material, scale, and detail in order to challenge viewers' expectations and assumptions.


As an artist who is primarily led by concepts, Price has long been exploring the use of “figurative” sculptures as a device to engage with viewers in specific ways. These sculptures function as psychological portraits, depicting imagined subjects, whose features are in fact an amalgamation of sources: observed individuals, 'types' represented in the media, and ancient, classical and neoclassical sculptures. In this way the works ultimately serve as psychological portraits of us, the viewers, by revealing our socially learned attitudes and understandings as we create identities for the depicted characters.


Importantly, Price’s practice extends beyond a strategy of figuration. In one example, sculptures of polished bronze are luxurious and monumental, first appearing to be abstract and rooted in the history of 20th century sculpture. They challenge our artistic institutions and the traditional holders of power to create an alternative narrative that seeks to highlight the mechanisms in place that reinforce cultural values.


Follow @TPStudio on Instagram and his official website http://www.thomasjprice.com/


Special thanks to Thomas and to the The Line London where Thomas' sculpture 'Reaching Out' (2020) is on public view. More details https://the-line.org/


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Jun 10, 2021
Kenturah Davis
01:12:41

New Talk Art!!!! Russell & Robert speak with leading artist Kenturah Davis from her studio in Los Angeles.Her work oscillates between various facets of portraiture and design. Using text as a point of departure, she explores the fundamental role that language has in shaping how we understand ourselves and the world around us. This manifests in a variety of forms including drawings, textiles, sculpture and performances.


Kenturah Davis lives and works between Los Angeles and Accra, Ghana. The artist earned her BA from Occidental College, Los Angeles, and MFA from Yale University School of Art in 2018. Her work was included in Punch, curated by Nina Chanel Abney at Jeffrey Deitch, Los Angeles, in 2019. The Savannah College of Art and Design presented Everything That Cannot Be Known, a solo exhibition of her work, in 2020. Public projects include a major commission by the Los Angeles Metro Rail to create large-scale, site specific work that will be permanently installed on the new Crenshaw/LAX rail line, opening in 2021, and Four Women, a commissioned mural by Alliance Francaise to commemorate International Women’s Day, in Accra, Ghana. 


(a)Float, (a)Fall, (a)Dance, (a)Death is Kenturah Davis’s first solo exhibition in New York at Jeffrey Deitch Gallery and runs until 19th June 2021. The exhibition is presented in collaboration with Matthew Brown, Los Angeles.


Follow @Kenturah on Instagram and her official website http://www.kenturah.com/


Special thanks to Kenturah and to Pippy Houldsworth Gallery for introducing us for this extraordinary episode. Learn more at @MatthewBrownLA and view images of Kenturah's current solo exhibition @JeffreyDeitchGallery.


TALK ART BOOK is OUT NOW! Visit Waterstone's or The Margate Bookshop to buy our brand new book in the UK or Amazon or Bookshop.org in USA & Canada. Full list of links in our Linktree: https://linktr.ee/TalkArt


For images of all artworks discussed in this episode visit @TalkArt. Talk Art theme music by Jack Northover @JackNorthoverMusic courtesy of HowlTown.com We've just joined Twitter too @TalkArt. If you've enjoyed this episode PLEASE leave us your feedback and maybe 5 stars if we're worthy in the Apple Podcast store. For all requests, please email talkart@independenttalent.com

 

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Jun 03, 2021
Hauser & Wirth Somerset Exhibition, presented by BMW
01:23:41

New @TalkArt! Russell & Robert travel with BMW for an art adventure to Hauser & Wirth Somerset! We view the major outdoor sculpture 'Fountain’ (2017) by Nicole Eisenman, followed by a guided tour of Henry Taylor’s current exhibition with Dea Vanagan, Director of Hauser & Wirth Somerset. Followed by a chat with Aileen Corkery, Director of Hauser & Wirth London. 


Henry Taylor culls his cultural landscape at a vigorous pace, creating a language entirely his own from archival and immediate imagery, disparate material and memory. Through a process he describes as ‘hunting and gathering,’ Taylor transports us into imagined realities that interrogate the breadth of the human condition, social movements and political structures.


For his inaugural exhibition with Hauser & Wirth, the American artist has taken over all five galleries in Somerset to present a major body of sculptural work and paintings evolving in unison across the spaces. Throughout his four-decade long career, Taylor has consistently and simultaneously both embraced and rejected the tenets of traditional painting as well as any formal label. He has amassed a staggering body of highly personal work rooted in the people and communities closest to him, often manifested alongside poignant historical or pop-cultural references.


Special thanks to @BMWUK and @BMWGroupCulture for this extraordinary trip to see such inspiring art! And happy birthday to @BMWGroupCulture for 50 years of cultural engagement. We can’t wait to see more exciting projects…


TALK ART BOOK is OUT NOW! Visit Waterstone's or The Margate Bookshop to buy our brand new book in the UK or Amazon or Bookshop.org in USA & Canada. Full list of links in our Linktree: https://linktr.ee/TalkArt


For images of all artworks discussed in this episode visit @TalkArt. Talk Art theme music by Jack Northover @JackNorthoverMusic courtesy of HowlTown.com We've just joined Twitter too @TalkArt. If you've enjoyed this episode PLEASE leave us your feedback and maybe 5 stars if we're worthy in the Apple Podcast store. For all requests, please email talkart@independenttalent.com

 

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May 26, 2021
Laurie Anderson
00:40:56

New Talk Art!!! Russell & Robert meet LIVING LEGEND Laurie Anderson @laurieandersonofficial, one of America’s most renowned – and daring – creative PIONEERS! Known primarily for her multimedia presentations, she has cast herself in roles as varied as visual artist, composer, poet, photographer, filmmaker, electronics whiz, vocalist, and instrumentalist. 


We discuss her most recent works, as well as her 2015 film 'Heart Of A Dog', a favourite of Russell & Robert's! We learn of her artist residency at NASA and even debate whether animals can make art and discover more about a car opera Laurie wrote involving actual cars honking their horns!


‘O Superman’ launched Anderson’s recording career in 1980, rising to number two on the British pop charts and subsequently appearing on ‘Big Science’, the first of her seven albums on the Warner Brothers label.


Laurie Anderson’s 1982 debut album, ‘Big Science’, will return to vinyl for the first time in 30 years with a new red vinyl edition on Nonesuch Records. In the early 1980s, Laurie Anderson was already respected as a conceptual artist and composer, adept at employing gear both high-tech and homemade in her often violin-based pieces, and she was a familiar figure in the cross-pollinating, Lower Manhattan music-visual art-performance circles from which Philip Glass and David Byrne also emerged. 


While working on her now-legendary seven-hour performance art/theater piece United States, Part I–IV, she cut the spare ‘O Superman (For Massenet)’, an electronic-age update of 19th century French operatic composer Jules Massenet’s aria ‘O Souverain’, for the tiny New York City indie label 110 Records. In the UK, DJ John Peel picked up a copy of this very limited-edition 33⅓ RPM 7” and spun the eight-minute-plus track on BBC Radio 1. The exposure resulted in an unlikely #2 hit, lots of attention in the press, and a worldwide deal with Warner Bros. Records.


Follow @LaurieAndersonOfficial on Instagram and her record label @NonesuchRecords for links to buy the limited edition red vinyl reissue of Big Science. 


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May 20, 2021
Graham Norton (Talk Art Book exclusive interview)
00:50:14

TURNING THE TABLES ON TALK ART with GRAHAM NORTON!!!!


To celebrate the launch of the debut Talk Art book, Russell & Robert meet legendary broadcaster and best-selling author Graham Norton to discuss the writing of Talk Art - The Book! That's right, it's TALK ART BOOK release day!!! We are PUBLISHED AUTHORS!!!


A huge THANK YOU to all the talented artists whose artworks are featured in the book and to our superstar editor Ella Parsons and the team @octopus_books_ & @ilex_creative & @chroniclebooks for helping us every step of the way. Thanks to Jerry Saltz for the beautiful foreword!!!! Special thanks to James Corden for interviewing us on the Audio Book, also available to buy now at Audible/Amazon!


Follow Graham Norton @GrahNort on Instagram. Visit Waterstone's or The Margate Bookshop to buy our brand new TALK ART BOOK, out 13th May 2021 in UK & Europe, 18th May in USA & Canada.


Talk Art is a wonderfully witty and accessible roadmap to contemporary art from the hosts of the hugely popular eponymous podcast. When launching the Talk Art podcast in 2018, actor Russell Tovey and gallerist Robert Diament had one clear aim: to make the art world more accessible. Since then, the podcast has grown to be a global hit, featuring exclusive interviews with leading artists, curators, gallerists, actors, musicians and fellow art lovers such as Tracey Emin, Lena Dunham, Sir Paul Smith, David Shrigley, Noel Fielding, Edward Enninful, Rose Wylie, Toyin Ojih Odutola and Sir Elton John.


Talk Art, the book, is a beautiful and accessible celebration of contemporary art, and a guidebook to navigating and engaging with the art world. Covering a range of different media from photography and ceramics to performance and sound art, the book explores the way art interacts with our society, highlights lesser-known artists, and provides a snapshot of the art world as it is today. With a wealth of imagery - some never before seen in print and some created exclusively for the book - and an informative, engaging narrative, Talk Art will become the must-have book art lovers return to again and again.


For images of all artworks discussed in this episode visit @TalkArt. Talk Art theme music by Jack Northover @JackNorthoverMusic courtesy of HowlTown.com We've just joined Twitter too @TalkArt. If you've enjoyed this episode PLEASE leave us your feedback and maybe 5 stars if we're worthy in the Apple Podcast store. For all requests, please email talkart@independenttalent.com

 

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May 12, 2021
Glenn Ligon
01:18:16

Russell & Robert speak to leading artist Glenn Ligon from his studio in New York. We discuss the New Museum's current exhibition “Grief and Grievance: Art and Mourning in America,” and his collaboration with the late curator Okwui Enwezor. We discover Glenn's interest in artist's work such as Jean Michel Basquiat, Robert Rauscheberg, David Hammons and the lasting influence of Steve Reich’s audio work 'Come Out' (1966). We learn how his work has referenced forgotten texts from history, inspiration from literature in particular writers including Zora Neale Hurston and the Harlem Renaissance, James Baldwin and Alice Walker. 

We discuss Andy Warhol's 'Shadows' (1978-79) painting, and hear how eclipsed light is a central theme in his own work, as well as ideas of beauty, his early interest in abstract expressionism and pottery classes he attended as a child. 


Running until June 6, 2021, the New Museum presents “Grief and Grievance: Art and Mourning in America,” an exhibition originally conceived by Okwui Enwezor (1963-2019) for the New Museum, and presented with curatorial support from advisors Naomi Beckwith, Massimiliano Gioni, Glenn Ligon, and Mark Nash. “Grief and Grievance” an intergenerational exhibition, bringing together thirty-seven artists working in a variety of mediums who have addressed the concept of mourning, commemoration, and loss as a direct response to the national emergency of racist violence experienced by Black communities across America. The exhibition considers the intertwined phenomena of Black grief and a politically orchestrated white grievance, as each structures and defines contemporary American social and political life. “Grief and Grievance” comprises works encompassing video, painting, sculpture, installation, photography, sound, and performance made in the last decade, along with several key historical works and a series of new commissions created in response to the concept of the exhibition.


Follow @GlennLigon and @NewMuseum on Instagram. Visit www.GlennLigonStudio.com and New Museum's official website at: www.NewMuseum.org


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May 06, 2021
Amy Cappellazzo
00:54:52

Russell and Robert meet Amy Cappellazzo, current Chairman of the Fine Art division of Sotheby’s. Cappellazzo has just announced she will be leaving the company in July 2021. We discuss her admiration for Georgia O'Keeffe, Joni Mitchell, performance artist John Kelly, the HBO documentary she featured in The Price of Everything and her passion for the Studio Museum Harlem and the Albright-Knox Art Gallery in her childhood hometown of Buffalo, NY.


Prior to accepting he position, Cappellazzo founded Art Agency, Partners with Allan Schwartzman. The firm filled a significant need in the art market for a client-oriented combination of industry knowledge, financial sophistication, and discretion. The company’s attention to detail and emphasis on client care catalyzed a paradigm shift in the market that did not go unnoticed; in January of 2016 Sotheby’s acquired Art Agency, Partners in a groundbreaking deal. Cappellazzo previously served as a market leader in the field of contemporary art at Christie’s, where she rose to the post of Chairman of Post-War & Contemporary Development over thirteen years. During her tenure Cappellazzo directed groundbreaking initiatives that led to record results, with upward of $650 million realized in a single sale.


Previously, Cappellazzo was an art advisor, curator, and key figure in the establishment of Art Basel in Miami Beach. Cappellazzo received her B.A. in Fine Arts/Art History from New York University, where she was a Presidential Trustee Scholar. She holds a master’s degree in Urban Design from the School of Architecture at Pratt Institute, where she focused on the role of public art in shaping cities. Follow Amy on Instagram: @ACappellazzo.


For images of all artworks discussed in this episode visit @TalkArt. Talk Art theme music by Jack Northover @JackNorthoverMusic courtesy of HowlTown.com We've just joined Twitter too @TalkArt. If you've enjoyed this episode PLEASE leave us your feedback and maybe 5 stars if we're worthy in the Apple Podcast store. For all requests, please email talkart@independenttalent.com

 

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Apr 29, 2021
GILBERT & GEORGE
01:35:31

Russell and Robert meet bona fide art legends, in fact LIVING SCULPTURES, working together as the collaborative art duo GILBERT & GEORGE. They are known for their distinctive and highly formal appearance and manner in performance art, and also for their brightly coloured graphic-style photo-based artworks. In 2017, the artists celebrated their 50th anniversary.

We meet them inside their new exhibition at White Cube, Mason’s Yard, London titled 'NEW NORMAL PICTURES by Gilbert & George'. This extraordinary exhibition brings together 26 pictures from a new series they have been working on for over two years and is truly BREATHTAKING!!!!


Since meeting as students in the late summer of 1967, Gilbert & George have been travelling together on a visionary and moral journey that they liken to John Bunyan’s The Pilgrim’s Progress. Their journey is made on foot, along the endless streets of London; occasionally by bus to the city’s eastern edges. It encompasses new-build developments on reclaimed and reworked land; excursions into a not-too-distant future, as disquietingly mild as it is lowering.


Gilbert & George’s NEW NORMAL PICTURES have the air, also, of temperate yet strangely intense days. In fact, the stages on a journey they seem to recount have a ‘post-everything’ air; as though they have just crossed through a fissure in time to a place that is almost but not quite familiar – a place that looks normal but is not normal, is skewed, perhaps abandoned. Gilbert & George bring worlds to life in their art that are also moods and feelings. Brute realism is infused with the vague yet precise temper of disquieting and uneasy dreams. They often use very few elements, a concentrate of concise image-subjects to create violence, drama and mystery in their pictures. Litter, railings, drug bags, shovels, spades and old trinkets become like a ‘palette’ as if primal images that do the work of primary colours. In these pictures there are no ambiguous shades, no finesse or subtlety softens their bleak urban other-worldliness.


The NEW NORMAL PICTURES suggest that the old punk adage ‘the day the world turned Day-Glo’ has come to life. Everywhere is dark yet too bright, tonal contrasts go to war with one another. In streets, alleys and vistas, the unreal city seems to rearrange time and tenses, accelerating the slow and stalling the immediate. The overlooked and thrown away reacquires visibility and meaning. The usual hierarchies reverse; discard dominates.


GILBERT & GEORGE's new solo show runs in London until 8th May 2021 at White Cube, Mason's Yard. Follow @WhiteCube on Instagram. View exhibition views at White Cube's website: https://whitecube.com/exhibitions/exhibition/gilbert_and_george_masons_yard_2021 A fully illustrated catalogue with an essay by writer and novelist Michael Bracewell, as well as four signed posters designed by the artist, are available to coincide with the exhibition. 


For images of all artworks discussed in this episode visit @TalkArt. Talk Art theme music by Jack Northover @JackNorthoverMusic courtesy of HowlTown.com We've just joined Twitter too @TalkArt. If you've enjoyed this episode PLEASE leave us your feedback and maybe 5 stars if we're worthy in the Apple Podcast store. For all requests, please email talkart@independenttalent.com

 

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Apr 22, 2021
Rachel Whiteread DBE
01:24:23

Talk Art exclusive! Russell & Robert meet legendary British artist Dame Rachel Whiteread DBE for an intimate studio visit where we view her new works prior to installing her new exhibition ‘Internal Objects’. In Rachel Whiteread’s sculptures and drawings, everyday settings, objects, and surfaces are transformed into ghostly replicas that are eerily familiar. Through casting, she frees her subject matter—from beds, tables, and boxes to water towers and entire houses—from practical use, suggesting a new permanence, imbued with memory.  


We discuss childhood, experimenting with numerous materials as a student, the joy of sharpening pencils, studying with Richard Wilson, her now iconic artworks 'House' (1993) and 'Ghost' (1990), further early works made by casting a wardrobe and household furniture and her large permanent Holocaust Memorial (2000) in Vienna's Judenplatz. We learn about her ‘Shy Sculpture‘ series installed in unexpected international locations and hear of her experiences during the YBA years, and subsequently being the first woman to win the Turner Prize in 1993.


We explore the new works made during lockdown including two large cabin-like structures 'Poltergeist' (2020) and 'Döppelganger' (2020–21) which now form the central part of a new exhibition at Gagosian’s Grosvenor Hill gallery, made of found wood and metal, meticulously overpainted in white household paint. The exhibition also features a new body of sculptures in resin and new works on paper, as well as recent cast sculptures in bronze, similar to works in bronze Whiteread made in 2000–10, and exhibited at a major retrospective at Tate Britain in 2017. Finally, we discover her interest in cinema, admiration for Italian Renaissance painter Piero della Francesca and living with contemporary artworks by Bridget Riley, Christopher Wool, Kiki Smith and Rebecca Warren and why Kenwood House in North London is worth a visit!   


Rachel Whiteread’s new solo show ‘Internal Objects’ opened this week at Gagosian in London and runs until 6th June 2021. Follow @RachelWhitereadOfficial and @Gagosian on Instagram. View exhibition views at Gagosian's website: https://gagosian.com/exhibitions/2021/rachel-whiteread-internal-objects/ A fully illustrated catalogue, including a short story by John Steinbeck and an essay by Richard Calvocoressi, will be published to accompany the exhibition.


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Apr 15, 2021
Mandy El-​Sayegh
01:12:25

Russell & Robert meet leading artist Mandy El-​Sayegh from her studio in Acton, West London where she is currently finishing new works for a forthcoming solo exhibition in Seoul, South Korea. We discuss memory as a material, insomnia and nocturnal shifts making art, what its like to be a hoarder, her early love of microscopes, collecting stamps and being a self-confessed geek!


We explore her breakthrough 2019 solo show ‘Cite Your Sources’ at Chisenhale gallery in East London and learn about the layers of materials in her studio and resulting artworks. We discover her connection to medical language to speak about her art, the thought processes behind her well-known ‘Net-Grid’ paintings and the influence of film on her practice such as David Lynch's movies and in particular the work of David Cronenberg whose 1986 SciFi horror opus ‘The Fly’ made a formative and lasting impact.


Mandy El-Sayegh’s (b. 1985, Selangor, Malaysia) highly process-driven practice is rooted in an exploration of material and language. In her paintings, table vitrines, immersive installations and videos, El-Sayegh creates layered anthologies of found text and images from a variety of sources. These include newsprint, advertisements, aerial maps, anatomy books and her father's Arabic calligraphy, which take on unexpected new meanings through proximity. Set adrift from their original contexts, these fragments become open to multiple readings that are personally, socially or politically determined and undermine the supposed objectivity of language and media. Moving between material, corporeal, linguistic and cultural frameworks, El-Sayegh highlights the constant flux of meaning that is shaped by environment and individual experience.


By emphasising the boundaries of her chosen medium, El-Sayegh draws attention to the systems that determine how information is categorised, contained and understood. She creates 'quasi-archives' in her table vitrines, suggesting associations and references through the objects' placement in a shared, delineated space. In her ‘Net-Grid’ canvases, overpainted grids simultaneously structure and obscure the detritus of popular culture. These paintings also reference the primacy of the grid in modernism, which El-Sayegh found alienating: 'I felt that there was a whole set of systems that I did not know, like a joke that I didn't get'. Instead, she creates 'forms [that] bring about questions of legitimate and illegitimate readings of culture and context', as well as the implicit power structures that determine who legitimises such readings.


Follow @MandyElSayegh on Instagram and visit @LehmannMaupin (her gallery in New York and Seoul) to view images from her current NY joint-show with Lee Bul titled ‘Recombinance’ which runs until 17th April 2021. You can also see more of Mandy's work by visiting @ThaddaeusRopac gallery in London and Paris. Visit her official website: https://MandyElSayegh.com/


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Apr 08, 2021
Pierce Brosnan OBE
01:14:10

Russell & Robert meet legendary actor Pierce Brosnan OBE, perhaps best known worldwide by another very significant name - BOND, James Bond!!!! 007 meets Talk Art!!! Speaking from his home in Kauai, Hawaii, we explore his passion for ART!!!


We discuss Pierce's longterm dedication to painting which he first seriously started in 1987 with the work 'Dark Night'. We explore his recent phone drawings, his awesome film Thomas Crown Affair (THE 1999 movie that inspired Talk Art's infamous art heist question!) and how grief and trauma can inform creativity. We hear how art has been a constant companion during a solitary journey as an actor, and as way of grieving the loss of both his first wife Cassandra in 1991 and later his daughter Charlotte in 2013, both to ovarian cancer. We learn of Pierce's late teens studying and working within commercial illustration in London, his irrepressible love of making colourful paintings and admiration for David Hockney, Picasso, Anselm Kiefer, Matisse and how the work of Roy Lichtenstein inspired his own well-known 'ear plugs' artwork, painted whilst filming 'Golden Eye'. We reminisce about the record breaking 2018 auction of his painting depicting his hero Bob Dylan which raised $1.4 million USD for AIDs charity AMFAR. We also learn of his experiments with 'plein air' painting, his friendship with artist Charles 'Chuck' Arnoldi, and a keen interest in ceramics, lino cutting and more recently wood carving... proof that Pierce's inquisitive artistic mind knows no bounds! Finally, we discuss the joy of working with late actor Robin Williams on the ICONIC 1993 movie 'Mrs Doubtfire', the film that inspired Russell to begin his own acting career.


Follow @PierceBrosnanOfficial and visit Pierce’s official website with sections dedicated to his art, his acting and activism: https://PierceBrosnan.com/ Special thanks to Seasons art gallery in Los Angeles. Visit @Seasons_LA's website to learn more about Pierce's new screenprint edition of his 'Ear Plugs' work: https://seasons.la/


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Apr 01, 2021
Nathan Bowen
00:52:52

Russell & Robert meet artist Nathan Bowen, world-renowned for his 'After Lives' movement of murals and street painting!!! We discuss his childhood drawing, making street art & graffiti in his teens, the magic of East London, making the choice to study at St Martins aged 17 in order to make the most of his talents and to reach his artistic potential. We hear tales of international painting adventures, the power in collaborating & ‘art jams’, art treasure hunts on Brick Lane, how his UK fanbase grew after starring on The Apprentice in 2012 and his passion for touring the UK to find new public places to paint (including Margate, Northampton, Brighton, Nottingham and many more!). We learn about his controversial 2019 commission for The Metropolitan Police's custody suite in Charring Cross, his respect for artists as varied as Hieronymus Bosch and Banksy, and the inspiration behind his numerous tributes to the NHS during lockdown! In Nathan's own word, "Art is the ONE!!!!".


Bowen is a guerrilla street artist, he actively works as an art vigilante, seeking for dull, lifeless spaces around London, also describing himself as the 'Artistic Gangster', Nathan has a lawless approach to street art. By openly using his imagination he transforms these old walls, creating new and inspiring works of art. His style is unique, fast, dynamic and unpredictable, his signature characters known as 'The Demons' invade building site hoardings all over London, using the streets as his own gallery. Nathan paints on streets internationally, keeping his ideas fresh and edgy, reminding people that there is no limit to your imagination, just be creative and free.


Follow @NathanBowenArt and visit Nathan’s art store with available unique works: https://NathanBowenArtShop.com


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Mar 26, 2021
Roni Horn
01:25:40

Season 9 continues! Russell & Robert meet LEGENDARY artist Roni Horn!!!! We discuss Iceland, cameras, drawing, androgyny, memory, British weather, words, Emily Dickinson, Missy Elliott, John Waters, Maria Bamford and SO much more in this extraordinary and deeply personal episode.


Using drawing, photography, installation, sculpture and literature, Roni Horn’s work consistently questions and generates uncertainty to thwart closure in her work, engaging with many different concerns and materials. Important across her oeuvre is her longstanding interest to the protean nature of identity, meaning, and perception, as well as the notion of doubling; issues which continue to propel Horn’s practice.


Beginning 23 February, ‘Roni Horn. Recent Work’ will present the artist’s latest achievements in the realm of drawing, a medium she has described as ‘a kind of breathing activity on a daily level.’ Here, intricate works on paper extend Horn’s masterful use of mirroring and textual play to explore the materiality of color and the sculptural potential of the medium. Her preoccupation with language permeates these works; scattered words read as a stream of consciousness spiraling across the paper. In addition to pieces from her series Wits’ End Mash and Yet, the exhibition will present for the first time LOG (March 22, 2019 – May 17, 2020), (2019 – 2020), a new large-scale installation comprised of more than 400 individual works on paper, the result of a daily ritual of art making undertaken by Horn for a span of fourteen months.


‘Recent Work’ follows the artist’s two-part 2019 drawing survey ‘Roni Horn: When I Breathe, I Draw’ at the Menil Collection in Houston. Her work has been the subject of numerous major exhibitions including ‘Roni Horn’ at the Fondation Beyeler, Basel (2016); ‘Roni Horn a.k.a Roni Horn,’ organized by the Tate Modern, London, which travelled to the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, and the Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston (2009 – 2010). Roni Horn lives and works in New York.


Roni Horn's solo exhibition runs until 10th Apr 2021 in New York, at Hauser & Wirth, 22nd Street. Follow @HauserWirth on Instagram and their official website at: www.hauserwirth.com


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Mar 19, 2021
Simon Oldfield on NFTs and Crypto Art
01:36:42

SURPRISE BONUS! We chat to our friend, leading art advisor Simon Oldfield to discuss the art news hitting mainstream headlines this past week with digital artist Beeple selling his NFT artwork 'EVERYDAYS: THE FIRST 5000 DAYS' for an astonishing $69.3m at Christie's auction house. As a curator, advisor and lawyer fascinated by the convergence of art and technology, the emergence of NFTs into the mainstream is something Simon has predicted for many years. Twenty years ago he won a national award for his dissertation on the future of intellectual property in the Internet age:


"Few people understood the internet, fewer understood my arguments and even those who did thought it was an irrelevance. Dismissed as solutions to problems that would never exist. Well, they were wrong, clearly! Today we are on the cusp on something extraordinary within the art world - the crossroads of art, law and tech. It’s an extremely complex world with major implications for the interaction of a global digital product and national laws. NFTs have enormous possibilities but potentially even greater pitfalls. After years of talking about digital art and its potential, often falling in deaf ears, it is literally all I have been talking about for the past month with #collectors#artists#lawyers#fintech etc. Last week I gave a Zoom talk to over 200 people - heads of major law firms, CEOs, heads of banks etc. about NFTs and how art and the law around it is shaping the future. The wider potential and ramifications for NFTs (non-fungible tokens), the #blockchain, crypto currency, #smartcontracts#cyrptography is extraordinary - in the literal sense of that word. We are living in the future."


A qualified lawyer with a degree and post-graduate diplomas from the University of Exeter and the University of Oxford, Simon also oversees a thriving Curatorial arts and culture programme. Since opening the Simon Oldfield Gallery, he has exhibited influential artists of all disciplines, discovered emerging talent and presented landmark exhibitions, and is currently organising an exhibition of Digital Art. He regularly spearheads collaborations with commercial partners including Burberry, Soho House and Hauser & Wirth, alongside non-profit and philianthropic collaborations with public institutions including the Tate, Turner Contemporary and the Royal Academy of Arts. He chairs and participates in talks and panel discussions on art, literature and culture and has featured in radio and podcasts including Talk Art, Monocle Radio 24 and the BBC. He has also written for various publications including Monocle, Harper's Bazaar and FT Weekend. Follow @Simon_Oldfield on Instagram and his official website at: www.simonoldfield.com/ to discover more!

 

Simon co-founded the non-profit organisation Pindrop with Elizabeth Day (of the How To Fail hit podcast) which is...  


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Mar 16, 2021
Jennifer Gilbert on Shinichi Sawada
01:02:00

Season 9 continues!!! We meet Jennifer Gilbert - curator, gallerist and longterm champion of Outsider Art - to discuss the work of leading Japanese artist Shinichi Sawada on the occasion of his first solo exhibition in New York at the awesome Venus Over Manhattan gallery. If you're in New York, we STRONGLY recommend visiting this extraordinary new show!!!!


Thirty-eight year old Shinichi Sawada has kept the same schedule for nearly twenty years. On Mondays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays, he attends Nakayoshi Fukushikai, a social welfare facility in Japan’s Shiga prefecture, where he spends the morning working at the in-house bakery, making bread. He spends the afternoons working with clay. Sawada first attended this facility, one of many similar institutions in Japan designed to support people with intellectual disabilities, when he was eighteen years old, shortly after he was diagnosed with autism. In the two decades since, his ceramic beasts – sometimes ghoulish, always fantastical, and deeply redolent of ancient mythologies still coursing through Japanese culture – have attracted the attention of critics and connoisseurs worldwide, notably after a presentation at the 55th Venice Biennale in 2013.


Venus' current showcase of thirty of Sawada’s ceramic sculptures follows a recent museum solo exhibition that traveled in fall 2020 from the Museum Lothar Fischer, in Neumarkt, Germany, to the George Kolbe Museum, Berlin. On view through late March, the Venus exhibition has been organized in collaboration with Jennifer Lauren Gallery, Manchester, UK, who has worked with the artist for many years. In conjunction with its presentation, Venus will publish a generously illustrated catalogue featuring new and recent writing on Sawada’s art.


Shinichi Sawada (b. 1982) lives and works in Japan’s Shiga prefecture. Since 2000, he has attended Nakayoshi Fukushikai, a social welfare facility that supports people with intellectual disabilities. In 2020, a solo exhibition of his work traveled from the Museum Lothar Fischer in Neumarkt, to the George Kolbe Museum in Berlin. His work has featured prominently in major group exhibitions around the world, including “The Encyclopedic Palace” at the 55th Venice Biennale, curated by Massimiliano Gioni, and “The Doors of Perception” at Frieze New York in 2019. His work is held in the permanent collections of numerous public institutions, including the Collection de l’Art Brut, Lausanne; the abcd collection, Paris; and Halle Saint Pierre, Paris.


Shinichi Sawada runs until March 20, 2021 at Venus Over Manhattan, New York. Follow @V_Over_M on Instagram and their official website at: www.venusovermanhattan.com to discover more! Follow Jennifer on Instagram @j_lgallery and visit her official website www.jenniferlaurengallery.com/


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Mar 12, 2021
Paul McCarthy
01:46:47

Talk Art SEASON 9!!!!! For the first episode of this extraordinary new season, Russell & Robert meet one our art heroes, and bona fide artist legend, Paul McCarthy!!!! Widely considered to be one of the most influential and groundbreaking contemporary American artists, his artworks have inspired, entertained, provoked and even shocked, international audiences for decades.


Born in 1945, and raised in Salt Lake City, Utah, he first established a multi-faceted artistic practice, which sought to break the limitations of painting by using unorthodox materials such as bodily fluids and food. He has since become known for visceral, often hauntingly humorous work in a variety of mediums – from performance, photography, film and video, to sculpture, drawing and painting.


McCarthy earned a BFA in painting from the San Francisco Art Institute in 1969, and an MFA in multimedia, film and art from USC in 1973. For 18 years, he taught performance, video, installation, and art history in the New Genres Department at UCLA, where he influenced future generations of west coast artists and he has exhibited extensively worldwide. McCarthy’s work comprises collaborations with artist-friends such as Mike Kelley and Jason Rhoades, as well as his son Damon McCarthy.


During the 1990s, he extended his practice into installations and stand-alone sculptural figures, utilizing a range of materials such as fiberglass, silicone, animatronics and inflatable vinyl. Playing on popular illusions and cultural myths, fantasy and reality collide in a delirious yet poignant exploration of the subconscious, in works that simultaneously challenge the viewer’s phenomenological expectations. Whether absent or present, the human figure has been a constant in his work, either through the artist‘s own performances or the array of characters he creates to mix high and low culture, and provoke an analysis of our fundamental beliefs. These playfully oversized characters and objects critique the worlds from which they are drawn: Hollywood, politics, philosophy, science, art, literature, and television. McCarthy’s work, thus, locates the traumas lurking behind the stage set of the American Dream and identifies their counterparts in the art historical canon.


Paul McCarthy 'A&E Sessions – Drawing and Painting' runs until 10th April 2021 at Hauser & Wirth, New York. This new solo exhibition presents new drawings, paintings, sculpture and sound work by the celebrated American artist that confront the complex mechanisms of power, politics, desire, and history. Central to the exhibition is a series of large-scale drawings from McCarthy’s most recent multi-disciplinary project ‘A&E.’ Created by the artist during improvised performances involving himself and German actor Lilith Stangenberg. Follow @HauserWirth on Instagram and their official website at: www.hauserwirth.com


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Mar 05, 2021
Alan Cumming OBE & Christopher Sweeney - Talk Art x Homo Sapiens Podcast Crossover (Part 1)
00:43:34

PODCAST CROSSOVER!!! Talk Art and Homo Sapiens UNITE!!! A celebration of LGBTQI+ History Month 2021!


Dear Listeners, something different and EXCLUSIVE for you. We have done a really fun collaboration with the brilliant podcast @HomoSapiens  hosted by legendary actor @AlanCummingSnaps and TV/film director @ChrisSweeney. We’ve created a mash up episode! In this intimate 1 1/2 hour conversation, we discuss the art that inspired us in our teenage years, the story of Alan’s friendship with Madonna, art made during the 1980s AIDS epidemic and the giants of Queer Art like #DavidHockney, #AndyWarhol, #RobertMapplethorpe and #TomOfFinland plus we get all the intel on the next generation of trailblazing Queer artists like #CatherineOpie and #KehindeWiley. Plus, how does a Naan bread fit into #AlanCumming’s art collection??? THANK YOU ALAN & CHRIS! WE LOVE YOU!!


The episode is split between our two feeds. So catch part 1 on Talk Art’s Podcast feed, and part 2 on the Homo Sapiens' Podcast feed.

#TalkArtPodcast #HomoSapiensPodcast #LGBTQ #art #queerart


LINK TO PART 2 at HOMO SAPIENS: https://podcasts.apple.com/gb/podcast/homo-sapiens/id1257514825

and https://linktr.ee/HomoSapiensPodcast


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Feb 23, 2021
National Portrait Gallery (LGBTQ+ History Month Special Episode)
00:45:00

To celebrate LGBTQ+ History Month 2021, Russell & Robert select their highlights from the National Portrait Gallery’s collection in London. We discuss David Hockney, Maggi Hambling, Isaac Julien and Howard Hodgkin to discover how artists were able to share their personal stories and passions to give permission to future generations to live freely and be themselves!


Throughout LGBTQ+ History Month, and beyond, the National Portrait Gallery will be sharing the stories and portraits of those that have helped shape Britain. Stay connected with the Gallery by following them on social media (Instagram & Facebook @NationalPortraitGallery; @NPGLondon on Twitter), and head to the NPG website to explore their vast online Collection - https://bit.ly/3uaBX4D


Take a closer look at the works discussed in today’s podcast, via the links below.


Maggi Hambling

Self-portrait by Maggi Hambling - https://www.npg.org.uk/collections/search/portrait/mw07447

Maggi Hambling by Liam Woon - https://www.npg.org.uk/collections/search/portrait/mw80867

Stephen Fry by Maggi Hambling - https://www.npg.org.uk/collections/search/portrait/mw09544

https://www.npg.org.uk/collections/search/portrait/mw07497

 

Howard Hodgkin

Howard Hodgkin by Edward Lucie-Smith https://www.npg.org.uk/collections/search/portrait/mw84467

(John) Peter Warren Cochrane by Howard Hodgkin- https://www.npg.org.uk/collections/search/portrait/mw127232


Isaac Julien

by Robert Taylor NPG x45784; Isaac Julien - Portrait - National Portrait Gallery

by Sal Idriss NPG x125664; Isaac Julien - Portrait - National Portrait Gallery

by Horace Ové NPG x126727; Isaac Julien - Portrait - National Portrait Gallery


David Hockney

by Bern Schwartz - https://www.npg.org.uk/collections/search/portrait/mw128048

by Godfrey Argent- https://www.npg.org.uk/collections/search/portrait/mw65944

by Cecil Beaton - https://www.npg.org.uk/collections/search/portrait/mw65316

by Cecil Beaton - NPG x40200; David Hockney - Portrait - National...  


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Feb 19, 2021
Lubaina Himid CBE
01:24:13

Russell and Robert meet Lubaina Himid CBE, the Turner Prize winning artist and cultural activist. Born in Zanzibar in 1954, Lubaina Himid is a British painter who has dedicated her four-decades-long career to uncovering marginalised and silenced histories, figures, and cultural expressions. She studied Theatre Design at Wimbledon College of Art and went on to receive an MA in Cultural History from the Royal College of Art. Himid currently lives and works in Preston, UK, and is a professor at the University of Central Lancashire. In Autumn 2021, Himid will present a major monographic exhibition at Tate Modern, London and will also have a solo exhibition at Hollybush Gardens gallery in London.


We discuss her influential career in art as artist but also as a mentor and champion of other artist's work. Initially trained in theatre design, Himid is known for her innovative approaches to painting and to social engagement. She has been pivotal in the UK since the 1980s for her contributions to the British Black arts movement, making space for the expression and recognition of Black experience and women’s creativity. Over the last decade, she has earned international recognition for her figurative paintings, which explore overlooked and invisible aspects of history and of contemporary everyday life. In 2017, she was the winner of the Turner Prize and in 2018 she was bestowed with the honorary title of CBE for her contributions to the arts.


Current exhibitions include Risquons-Tout, WIELS, Contemporary Art Centre, Brussels. Significant solo exhibitions include Spotlights, Tate Britain, London (2019); The Grab Test, Frans Hals Museum, Haarlem, The Netherlands (2019); Lubaina Himid, CAPC Bordeaux, France (2019); Work From Underneath, New Museum, New York (2019); Gifts to Kings, MRAC Languedoc Roussillon Midi-Pyrénées, Sérignan (2018); Our Kisses are Petals, BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art, Gateshead (2018); The Truth Is Never Watertight, Badischer Kunstverein, Karlsruhe (2017); Navigation Charts, Spike Island, Bristol (2017); and Invisible Strategies, Modern Art Oxford (2017).


Her work is held in various museum and public collections, including Tate; British Council Collection; Arts Council Collection; UK Government Art Collection; Museum Ludwig, Cologne; Victoria & Albert Museum, London; National Museums Liverpool; Whitworth Art Gallery, Manchester; Hammer Museum, Los Angeles; and Rhode Island School of Design, Providence. A monograph, titled Lubaina Himid: Workshop Manual, was released in 2019 from Koenig Books. This episode was recorded remotely on Wednesday 24th June 2020.


Special thanks to Lubaina for this enlightening interview, and Lisa Panting & Malin Ståhl of incredible gallery Hollybush Gardens (based in Clerkenwell, London). Follow @LubainaPics and @Hollybush_Gardens on Instagram and their official websites https://lubainahimid.uk/ and https://hollybushgardens.co.uk/


For images of all artworks discussed in this episode visit @TalkArt. Talk Art theme music by Jack Northover Feb 12, 2021

Robert Stilin
01:12:06

Talk Art Season 8 continues!!! Robert & Russell meet leading designer Robert Stilin, from his apartment in Soho, New York!! World renowned for his timeless, elegant interior design work and furniture design, Stilin is an avid art collector and serves on the Director’s Council at the Whitney Museum of American Art. He has run his own design firm for over 25 years and has introduced numerous clients to artist's works, galleries and museums, encouraging them to live with and discover the art they love most. His work has been featured in Architectural Digest, Elle Decor, House Beautiful, W, and Hamptons Cottages and Gardens, as well as in design books, including The Big Book of the Hamptons and in 2019, had his first book published titled 'Robert Stilin: Interiors' which we highly recommend!!!


Stilin is best known for effortlessly combining crisp, clean architecture with custom upholstery, antique and vintage furniture and modern and contemporary art to create casually elegant homes that are warm, comfortable and very livable!! With over 25 years of experience running his own design firm, the New York and Hamptons based designer has built a solid reputation as a highly versatile interior designer whose classically modern work is custom tailored to the needs of each client and project. 


Stilin was named to Architectural Digest’s Top 100 designers in 2016, 2018, 2019 and 2020. He was also named one of Elle Décor’s top 25 A-List Designer’s in 2010, and each year subsequently. He participated in the 2011 and 2017 Kips Bay Show House and Hampton Designer Show House.


Follow @RobertStilin on Instagram and visit his official website http://www.RobertStilin.com which includes images of his interiors projects and visit Bookhampton to order his recent book as discussed on this week's episode!


BIG NEWS!! You can pre-order our debut Talk Art book NOW from Amazon.com and Amazon.ca and Amazon.co.uk - including a Foreword by Jerry Saltz.

We are SOOOO excited to share our book with you, it has over 120 colour images and 50,000 words of all-new text. It will be released on 13th May 2021 in UK & Europe (published by Octopus Books) and 18th May 2021 in USA & Canada (published by Chronicle Books).


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Feb 05, 2021
Robert Andy Coombs
01:08:36

Talk Art continues!! Russell and Robert meet artist Robert Andy Coombs, all the way from Miami Beach!!! We discuss photography, queerness, disability, sexuality, nudity, beauty and representation!!!


Coombs was born and raised in Michigan’s upper peninsula in a little town bordering Wisconsin. Being a closeted gay male in a conservative rural environment, Coombs couldn’t wait to leave his small town behind. He received a scholarship to Kendall College of Art and Design in Grand Rapids where he studied photography and started living authentically as a gay male. In 2009, during a trampoline training accident, Coombs landed on the back of his neck resulting in a spinal cord injury. After a short year at home, Coombs returned to KCAD in 2010 and completed his BFA in 2013.


During those years disability and sexuality emerged as a main subject for him. He then went to study at the Yale University School of Art where he continued the exploration of disability and sexuality with a focus on documenting his intimate relationships with friends and lovers. After receiving his MFA in 2020, Coombs relocated to Miami Florida where he continues his photographic practice in the sun.


Follow @RobertAndyCoombs2 on Instagram, @RobertAndyPhoto on Twitter and visit his awesome website https://www.robertandycoombs.com/ which includes his Amazon wishlist as discussed on this week's episode! Donate if you can! We first discovered Robert's work via Jerry Saltz's article on his work in his regular 'Vulture' column. Read that exact article now (click here).


BIG NEWS!! You can pre-order our debut Talk Art book NOW from Amazon.com and Amazon.ca and Amazon.co.uk - including a Foreword by Jerry Saltz.

We are SOOOO excited to share our book with you, it has over 120 colour images and 50,000 words of all-new text. It will be released on 13th May 2021 in UK & Europe (published by Octopus Books) and 18th May 2021 in USA & Canada (published by Chronicle Books).


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Jan 29, 2021
Ronan McKenzie and Joy Yamusangie (Recorded at HOME by RM)
01:12:11

Russell & Robert meet artists Ronan McKenzie and Joy Yamusangie at new multifunctional creative space HOME, on Hornsey Road, North London. We explore their current joint-exhibition 'WATA, Further Explorations'. Taking root in Mckenzie and Yamusangie’s first formal collaboration, a short film of the same name (produced at the beginning of 2020), 'WATA' weaves together considerations of ancestry, cross cultural connections, music and migration. To watch 'WATA' online during lockdown, and to learn more about this extraordinary new centre for art, please visit: https://www.homebyrm.space/


Ronan Mckenzie is a London-based photographer, curator, and the publisher of HARD EARS. Her photography focuses on themes that unearth hidden beauty and cultural imagery. Visit Ronan at: https://www.ronanmckenzie.co.uk/


J Yamusangie is a mixed media artist working across illustration, printmaking, typography, poetry, ceramics, collage and painting, all with a central theme of autobiography. Visit Joy at: https://joyyamusangie.com/


Born out of the necessity to be seen and heard, HOME presents a considered curation of exhibitions from leading and exciting artists. Their lounge and co-workspace stimulate through a library of literature and arts, setting the scene for our events programme which aims always to connect and inspire. Being a modern hybrid of an art gallery and a community events space, at the heart of HOME is the aim to inspire, share and support. HOME takes ownership over cultivating our community and creating space for us to be, with a library and creative work space to be shared and enjoyed. HOME is one of very few black owned art spaces within London, and one of the only to be artist led, with a leading focus on supporting Black and Indigenous People of Colour. HOME responds directly to the personal and communal need for a more honest and representative space, that cares deeply for the artists we present and the community of people that we welcome in to our space. HOME offers a considered curatorial and events programme which highlights our founding concept; to truly contextualise artists, and continually transform to support the community we are built for.


Follow @RonanKSM and @JoyYamusangie on Instagram. Visit HOME by RM's official website and follow their Instagram @Home_by_RonanMcKenzie.


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Jan 22, 2021
Dame Julia Peyton-Jones DBE
01:11:19

Russell and Robert meet Dame Julia Peyton-Jones DBE, legendary British curator and gallery director, currently Senior Global Director at Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac in London, Paris and Salzburg. She formerly worked as Co-Director of the Serpentine Gallery in London for 25 years – the number of visitors to the gallery increased six-fold to over a million people a year in her tenure.


We meet in her private Green Park office to discuss curating, painting, her passion for making her own artworks and wonderful advice for emerging artists! We explore more than 2 decades at the helm of @SerpentineUK, her close lasting friendship with Hans Ulrich Obrist, navigating fundraising challenges through the decades, her highlights of the legendary Serpentine Summer Parties (including Grace Jones), plus her more recent collaboration working with #ThaddaeusRopac’s artist roster and hear her fond memories of global icon, and #TalkArt’s forever HERO, Princess Diana!


During her directorship at the Serpentine, Dame Julia worked with the world’s leading artists, architects and designers on ground-breaking exhibitions, education and public projects. In 2000, she initiated the Serpentine’s innovative architecture programme by commissioning a renowned architect to design a pavilion, constructed next to the Gallery each summer. In addition to focusing on fundraising, masterminding the influential and prestigious Summer Party. Currently, as Senior Global Director of Special Projects at Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac, Dame Julia specializes in International Contemporary Art focusing on the creative development of the Gallery. Awarded an OBE in 2003 for services to art, she is currently Visiting Professor in the School of Arts and Humanities at the Royal College of Art in London, teaching across all departments as well as consultant and creative advisor to the Triennale Di Milano. Dame Julia serves on several boards, including The Courtauld Institute of Art, UK and many more.


Follow @Julia.PeytonJones on Instagram. Visit Thaddaeus Ropac's official website and follow their Instagram @ThaddaeusRopac. SAVE THE DATE!!! Robert & Russell will be joining Dame Julia for 'Tea with Julia' on Saturday 30th January 2021 at 11am on Instagram Live.


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Jan 15, 2021
Yinka Ilori MBE (Live at London Podcast Festival)
01:11:52

Talk Art LIVE!!! Recorded on stage in London's Kings Cross!!! Robert & Russell meet Yinka Ilori MBE, the London based multidisciplinary artist of a British-Nigerian heritage, who specialises in storytelling by fusing his British and Nigerian heritage to tell new stories in contemporary design. This episode was recorded live at Kings Place for the London Podcast Festival, on Tuesday 22nd September 2020.


Ilori began his practice in 2011 up-cycling vintage furniture, inspired by the traditional Nigerian parables and West African fabrics that surrounded him as a child. Humorous, provocative and fun, each piece of furniture he creates tells a story, bringing Nigerian verbal traditions into playful conversation with contemporary design. The studio now consists of a team of colour-obsessed architects and designers, with the expertise and capacity to take on large-scale architectural and interior design projects. The studio continues to experiment with the relationship between function and form, with an output that sits between traditional divisions of art and design.


In this episode we discuss Yinka's most recent projects including 'Better Days Are Coming I Promise', Blackfriars, London, the 2020 artwork commissioned by the official charity of the Chelsea and Westminster Hospital NHS Foundation Trust; 'Colour Palace' at Dulwich Picture Gallery; the group show 'Get Up Stand Up Now', Somerset House; 'Happy Street' for London Festival of Architecture 2019. Further solo exhibitions include If Chairs Could Talk, The Shop At Bluebird, 2015; This is Where It Started, The Whitespace Gallery, Lagos, 2014; Just Africa, Stockholm, 2014; It Started With a Parable, Jaguar Shoes, London Design Week, 2013.


Follow @Yinka_Ilori on Instagram. Visit Yinka Ilori Studio's official website at https://yinkailori.com/ Thanks to the team at Kings Place and the London Podcast Festival for inviting us to be part of the festival for the second time! Also HUGE THANKS to you for listening to Talk Art, we've just reached an awesome 2 million downloads!!!!


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Jan 08, 2021
Chila Kumari Singh Burman (New Year's Special Episode)
01:27:57

HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!! TALK ART CONTINUES!!! Russell & Robert meet iconic British artist Dr Chila Kumari Singh Burman who has recently transformed the front of Tate Britain into a celebration of bright lights and swirling colour for their annual Winter Commission. This extraordinary work has brought much needed joy to Londoners during the recent lockdown, due to its outdoors location on Tate's Millbank façade.


Since the late-1970s, Burman has explored the experiences and aesthetics of Asian femininity in paintings and installations, photography and printmaking, video and film. In more recent works, this theme has taken on a new power and vibrancy. Challenging stereotypical assumptions of Asian women, her work is informed by popular culture, Bollywood, fashion, found objects, the politics of femininity, the celebration of feminity; self-portraiture exploring the production of her own sexuality and dynamism; the relationship between popular culture and high art; gender and identity politics.  


Her magnificent current Tate Britain installation, "Remembering A Brave New World", combines Hindu mythology, Bollywood imagery, colonial history and personal memories. Inspired by the artist’s childhood visits to the Blackpool illuminations and her family’s ice-cream van, Burman covers the façade of Tate Britain with vinyl, bling and lights. She changes the figure of Britannia, a symbol of British imperialism, into Kali, the Hindu goddess of liberation and power. The many illuminated deities, shapes and words are joined by Lakshmibai, the Rani (queen) of Jhansi. Lakshmibai was a fierce female warrior in India’s resistance to British colonial rule in the 19th century.


Burman is celebrated internationally for her radical feminist practice, spanning printmaking, drawing, painting, installation and film. Her Punjabi and Liverpudlian heritage enrich her self-expressive work. Burman mashes up stereotypes to create new identities, beyond the limitations imposed on South Asian women in a British cultural context. The commission opened to coincide Diwali, the Festival of Light. It is a celebration of new beginnings, the triumph of good over evil, light over darkness. "Remembering A Brave New World" takes inspiration from the luminous struggles and victories of the past to offer hope for a brighter future.


Follow @ChilaBurman on Instagram. Visit Chila’s official website at www.Chila-Kumari-Burman.co.uk Thanks for listening to Talk Art, we've just reached an awesome 2 million downloads!!!!


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Jan 01, 2021
Stephen Fry (Christmas Special Episode)
01:50:16

Merry Christmas Everyone!!! For this special Christmas Talk Art, Russell & Robert meet Stephen Fry, the legendary British actor, writer, comedian and all-round national treasure!!! This feature-length special episode was recorded remotely during lockdown from his home in Norfolk!


We learn about Stendhal Syndrome where people faint upon looking at artworks of great beauty, the history of the Royal Academy (where he is a trustee), his admiration for Velázquez's 'Portrait of Pope Innocent X', his memories of meeting artists Francis Bacon, David Hockney, Tracey Emin and Damien Hirst plus what it was like to have his portrait painted by artists including Jonathan Yeo and Maggi Hambling (now part of the National Portrait Gallery's collection). We discuss art and mental health and discover the works he collects and lives with including 1920s portrait photographs by Cecil Beaton, a series of portrait paintings by Annie Kevans, Maggi Hambling ‘dragon sunrises’ and sea paintings and Howard Hodgkin’s Olympic print ‘Swimming’ (2011) that Robert sold to Stephen back in 2012! We consider Oscar Wilde’s lasting impact on art & the art world, the bad taste of global dictators and listen to his fascinating thoughts on the history of nudity in art including paintings of Adam & Eve and Saint Sebastian. Plus Stephen reads us a famous parable by Oscar Wilde - what more could you ask for this festive season??!!! Happy Holidays!!! Thank you for supporting and listening to Talk Art this year.


Follow @StephenFry on Twitter and @StephenFryActually on Instagram. Visit Stephen’s official website at www.StephenFry.com His new book ‘Troy’ is out now in hardback, ebook and audiobook!


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Dec 24, 2020
Lindsey Mendick
01:16:34

Season 8 continues!!! Russell & Robert meet leading artist Lindsey Mendick in Margate on the eve of Robert's 40th birthday!!!


We adore the autobiographical works of Lindsey Mendick whose personal memories are launchpads for complex, ambitious immersive installations filled to the brim with wild and exuberant ceramic sculptures and more recently paintings and textile works (which she collaborates on with her mother). Mendick's work has a gothic sensibility with themes of gruesomeness, disgustingness and repulsion frequently reappearing. Her oeuvre is an exhilarating exploration of the abject in everyday banality. We discuss her recent show at CCA Goldsmiths curated by Sarah McCrory, her partnership with artist Guy J Oliver and their new project space in Margate called QUENCH.


Visit Lindsey's official website www.lindseymendick.com/ and follow her on Instagram @LindseyMendick

Plus please visit, support and follow QUENCH Gallery, the new artist space @QuenchGallery in Margate, Kent.

Linsey's work will be on display in Spring 2021 at Carl Freedman Gallery, Margate as part of group show 'Breakfast Under the Tree' curated by Russell Tovey.

Whilst her forthcoming solo show will be at Cooke Latham Gallery, London.


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Dec 18, 2020
Torkwase Dyson
01:26:39

Season 8 continues with an intimate, feature-length special episode! Russell & Robert chat with Torkwase Dyson (b. 1973, Chicago, Illinois) from her studio in New York. Dyson describes herself as a painter working across multiple mediums to explore the continuity between ecology, infrastructure, and architecture. Examining environmental racism as well as the history and future of black spatial liberation strategies, Dyson’s abstract works grapple with the ways in which space is perceived and negotiated, particularly by Black and Brown bodies. Explorations of how the body unifies, balances, and arranges itself to move through natural and built environments become both expressive and discursive structures within the work.

Dyson builds the abstract paintings slowly, accumulating washes, building surface and configuring minimal geometric elements that lend a productive tension between image and object.  The paint-handling producing various visual qualities using brushwork and other tools is made poetic by a juxtaposition of delicate marks and scored, diagrammatic lines. This compositional rigor imbues the works with an architectural presence and optical gravity.

Torkwase's work will be part of the Serpentine Galleries' exhibition 'Back To Earth' in London next year, 2021. Learn more at https://www.serpentinegalleries.org/whats-on/back-to-earth/


Visit Torkwase's official website www.TorkwaseDyson.com/ and her artist page at Pace Gallery, London & New York. Follow Torkwase on Instagram @TorkwaseDyson and @PaceGallery.


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Dec 11, 2020
Adelaide Damoah / Huddie Hamper (Special Episode)
01:08:04

New Talk Art!!! For this special episode, we partner with Winsor & Newton to explore oil painting with two super-talented, contemporary artists! In part 1, Russell & Robert meet Adelaide Damoah RWA FRSA, a British painter and performance artist of Ghanaian descent who uses her body as the starting point for much of her work. Themes of particular interest include feminism, colonialism, religion and spirituality. We discuss her fresh approach to painting including her use of her own body as a “paintbrush of sorts” and the importance of oil paint within her performances. Follow @AdelaideDamoah or visit her official website: www.AdelaideDamoahArt.com


In part 2, R&R chat to Huddie Hamper, a 20 year-old emerging British painter and printmaker who works predominantly in oils and charcoal but also frequently making woodcuts. His work is often deeply personal in nature, responding to a tradition of self-portraiture and revealing intimate, personal stories. We discuss his passion for oil painting and why he sees painting as a lifelong pursuit and journey. Hamper will graduate next year from the Slade School of Fine Art, London. Follow @Huddie_Hamper on Instagram.


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Dec 08, 2020
Tyler Mitchell
01:07:35

TALK ART returns for SEASON 8!!! YES, lucky number EIGHT!!! Russell & Robert meet Tyler Mitchell (American, b. 1995), the leading photographer and filmmaker in London where he's been working recently! Based in Brooklyn, Mitchell works across many genres to explore and document a new aesthetic of Blackness. His work is regularly published in avant-garde magazines, commissioned by prominent fashion houses, and exhibited in top tier institutions. One of our favourite galleries, Jack Shainman, New York recently announced Tyler has joined their artist roster!

 

In 2018 Tyler Mitchell made history as the first Black photographer to shoot a cover of American Vogue for Beyoncé’s appearance in the September issue. In 2019 a portrait from this series was acquired by The Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery for its permanent collection. This, alongside many other accomplishments, has established Mitchell as one of the most closely watched up-and-coming talents in image making today. His first solo exhibition ‘I Can Make You Feel Good’ at Foam Fotografiemuseum Amsterdam (2019) premiered video works including ‘Idyllic Space.’ An iteration of this show is now on view at the International Center of Photography (ICP) in New York. Tyler has lectured at a number of institutions on the politics of image making including Harvard University, Paris Photo and the International Center of Photography (ICP).

 

In 2020 Mitchell was announced as the recipient of the Gordon Parks Fellowship which will support a new project that reflects and draws inspiration from Parks’ central themes of representation and social justice. Mitchell’s fellowship will culminate in an exhibition of the new works at the Gordon Parks Foundation Gallery in Pleasantville, NY. 


Check out Tyler's official website: www.TylerMitchell.co and Follow Tyler's instagram @tylersphotos. Order his books from the official ICMYFG.com store and view his work at his new gallery Jack Shainman, New York.


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Dec 04, 2020
Lauren Weedman
01:12:24

For the final episode of Season 7, Russell & Robert meet Lauren Weedman, best known for her standout role as Doris on HBO's television series Looking (alongside Russell!). As well as being a leading actress and comedian (not comedienne - as we discuss!!!!!!), one of her longterm passions is painting and making art. On her instagram @ThisOneIsTitled, started during lockdown, Weedman revealed 'The Quarantine Series' of unique figurative paintings, which she sells from $200 via Instagram and have become incredibly popular with collectors all over the world! As a self taught artist, including series where she makes one new work a day, we consider her link to Outsider and Outlier artworks but also explore her wide ranging artistic influences including Laura Owens, Tim Burton, David Lynch but primarily Edvard Munch and Van Gogh, whose authentic and emotional-charged works became even more important during her time spent living in Amsterdam. We also discover her love of London's very own National Portrait Gallery, in particular an installation she saw there of William Blake's death mask! Plus we introduce Lauren to the work of Grayson Perry and his recent 'Art Club' TV series which focused on ideas of creativity and the processes behind making art.


Check out Lauren's paintings at her official website: www.LaurenWeedmanStudio.com which includes very cool videos of her discussing individual artworks!

Follow Lauren's two Instagram accounts: @Lauren_Weedman and her art page @ThisOneIsTitled. You can watch Lauren & Russell in HBO's 'Looking' on Netflix, Amazon Prime or all good streaming services.


Thanks for listening to Season 7! We will return on 4th December 2020 with a brand new Season 8, so fear not, we have another art-thrill-ride lined up for you!!!


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Nov 25, 2020
Tracey Emin CBE (Special Episode at Royal Academy of Arts)
01:43:26

Talk Art EXCLUSIVE!!! Russell and Robert meet Tracey Emin CBE RA for an intimate, private tour of her major new exhibition with Edvard Munch at the Royal Academy of the Arts in central London. Running until 28th February 2021, this feature-length interview was recorded during lockdown within this extraordinary exhibition. 'The Loneliness of the Soul' is scheduled to open to the public in early December 2020. Talk Art fun fact: Emin is the first guest to come onto our podcast TWICE!


Emin has been a major figure in contemporary art for over 25 years; Munch pioneered a radical new style known as Expressionism. In this landmark exhibition, Tracey Emin selects masterpieces by Edvard Munch to show alongside her most recent paintings. Tracey Emin has long had a fascination with the Norwegian expressionist and painter of The Scream, Edvard Munch: in her words, “I’ve been in love with this man since I was eighteen”. In 1998 she even created a haunting video piece filmed at the same Oslo jetty that was the location of many of his well-known works. It is just one example of how, like Munch, she embraces even the most painful experiences to create art.


The exhibition features more than 25 of Emin’s works including paintings, some of which will be on display for the first time, as well neons and sculpture. These works, which explore the loneliness of the soul, have been chosen by Emin to sit alongside a carefully considered selection of 19 oils and watercolours drawn from MUNCH’s rich collection and archives in Oslo, Norway. This is an opportunity to learn more about Emin’s work in a highly personal show. The selection reveals not only how Munch has been a constant inspiration – particularly through his profound portrayals of women – but also showcases Emin’s wide-ranging skills as an artist, which often interweave painting, drawing and writing. Seen together, the dark territories and raw emotions that both artists navigate will emerge as a moving exploration of grief, loss and longing. Exhibition organised by MUNCH @MunchMuseet.no, Norway, in partnership with the Royal Academy of Arts @RoyalAcademyArts.


Follow hashtag #EminMunch or #Tracey Emin to view more of her work at Instagram. Tracey's official Twitter is @TraceyEmin and @TraceyEminStudio on Instagram.

Follow her official galleries: @XavierHufkens & @WhiteCube & @GalleriaLorcanONeill & @CounterEditions


Explore Emin/Munch's new exhibition page at the RA and book tickets (£17 each) to visit this inspiring show from early December onwards, and later touring to the Munch museum in Norway in 2021: https://www.royalacademy.org.uk/exhibition/tracey-emin-edvard-munch


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Nov 20, 2020
Salman Toor (NYC Special Episode)
00:54:55

NYC Special Episode!!! Robert and Russell meet artist Salman Toor (b. 1983) at his studio in Brooklyn, New York as he puts the finishing touches to his paintings for his first institutional solo show at Whitney Museum of American Art. Known for his small-scale figurative works that combine academic technique and a quick, sketch-like style, Toor offers intimate views into the imagined lives of young, queer Brown men residing between New York City and South Asia. Recurring colour palettes and references to art history heighten the emotional impact of Toor’s paintings and add a fantastical element to his narratives drawn from lived experience. 


Lush interior scenes depict friends dancing, playing with puppies, and gazing into their smartphones. In these idealistic settings, Toor’s figures are freed from the impositions placed upon them by the outside world. In contrast, his more muted tableaus highlight moments of passivity to convey nostalgia or alienation. One painting features a forlorn man whose possessions are on display for the scrutiny of airport security officers; another renders unspoken tensions around a family dinner table palpable. Taken as a whole, Toor’s paintings consider vulnerability within contemporary public and private life and the notion of community in the context of queer, diasporic identity. 


Toor was born in Lahore, Pakistan in 1983 and currently lives and works in New York. He studied painting and drawing at Ohio Wesleyan University, and received his MFA from Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, NY. Salman Toor: How Will I Know is on view at the Whitney Museum, New York until April 4, 2021 and is accompanied by a new publication: https://whitney.org/exhibitions/salman-toor


Follow and view more of his work at Instagram: @Salman.Toor and visit Toor's artist page at Luhring Augustine Gallery: https://www.luhringaugustine.com/artists/salman-toor


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Nov 13, 2020
Lucy Jones
00:59:35

Talk Art Season 7 continues!! Russell and Robert meet Lucy Jones (b.1955), the British artist world renowned for her raw, wild landscapes and distinctively provocative self-portraits, characterised by expressive brushwork and bold use of vibrant colour. Balancing an intricate rendering of line and space in her landscapes with the powerful simplicity of her portraits, Jones’s paintings conduct a journey through both interior landscapes and the external world beyond. Lucy Jones’ distinctively provocative self-portraits address themes of ageing, femininity, self-image and disability. Jones, who was born with cerebral palsy, has faced the frustrations of her disability over-crowding people’s perceptions of her. Her self-portraits often challenge the way others see her: by using her defiant ferocity, vulnerability and wry sense of humour she turns the attention back onto the viewer.


This is evident in works such as With a Handicap Like Yours..., in which an extra disembodied hand appears from the side of the canvas, “poking and prodding at institutional attitudes” and misplaced comments she has received. “The point is here that having three hands may truly be unusual and maybe the doctor is referring to the third hand!”. Just Looking, Just Checking on You depicts Jones' figure, arms curled around her knees, angled as if the viewer is looking at her from slightly above, with the works title painted directly onto the canvas in reverse. The aim is to recreate the experience of reading with dyslexia, the invisible source of a struggle Jones has had her entire life.


Jones believes that the “unseen struggles” behind making the work are as equally important as the overt messages laid bare in her portraits. Since her move to the Shropshire countryside in 2004, she has begun to venture into the landscape, placing a board on the ground and kneeling for several hours to create pastel or watercolour works, which usually become the basis for large landscape paintings years later. For Jones, these intensive and often paintfully uncomfortable sessions have brought emotional range and interiority to her landscape works, the landscape becoming irretrievably "Inscape". Critic Jackie Wullschlager wrote that Jones' more recent landscapes have developed a "newly defined sense of quiet vulnerability and vigorous determination that had always been present in the self-portraits".


Lucy's new online exhibition 'Awkward Beauty' is available to view now at Flowers Gallery's website: www.flowersgallery.com

Visit Lucy's page at Flowers Gallery: www.flowersgallery.com/artists/36-lucy-jones/ Follow Flowers Gallery at Instagram: @FlowersGallery


Jones studied at Camberwell School of Art, followed by the Royal College of Art, where she won a Rome scholarship in 1982. Born in London, she now lives in Ludlow, and is much inspired by the landscape area bordering Wales, Herefordshire and Shropshire. This episode was recorded on Saturday 5th January 2020 live at Flowers Gallery. Special thanks to Matthew Flowers and Natasha Woolliams.


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Nov 06, 2020
Charlotte McDonald, Aflie Kungu and Rose Electra Harris (Bombay Bramble Special Episode)
01:03:15

Talk Art Special Episode!!!! Russell and Robert meet three incredible emerging artists Charlotte McDonald, Aflie Kungu and Rose Electra Harris!!! We are very excited to continue our partnership with Bombay Sapphire, celebrating their new #RipeForDiscovery Artist Series.


Russell recently worked alongside Bombay Sapphire as co-curator to choose three fantastic emerging artists to create unique limited edition artworks for new #BombayBramble gin bottle labels! Listen to learn all about the artworks of three incredible artists! Follow the artists on Instagram now to see more of their work and inspirations: @CharlotteMcdonaldArt@Alfie.Kungu and @RoseElectraHarris!


Charlotte McDonald an artist with a degree in Drawing and Painting from Edinburgh College of Art. She’s inspired by landscape, nature and the effects that the landscape has on today’s environment, Charlotte creates both abstract artworks in the form of prints and paintings. She explores and responds to the relationship between texture, colour and shape mostly based on abstract form but also sometimes observational.


Alfie Kungu is an artist whose works are bright and playful, his childhood figurative characters realised with classical painting technique. Familiar cultural motifs are set against contrasting textures and fearless colours, coming together as a vivid expression of Kungu’s headspace. Kungu grew up in Hebden Bridge, Yorkshire and went on to study art in Leeds, followed by UWE Bristol graduating in 2016 with First Class BA (Hons) Fine Art. He has exhibited his work at ICA, Cob and HVQ8 Gallery Berlin. 

 

Rose Electra Harris is an artist working predominantly as a printmaker, mostly in etching and screen-printing. She completed her BA Hons in Printmaking at Brighton University in 2015. She now works between her studio at home, Slaughterhaus Print Studio in Stockwell and Print Club London in Hackney. In her work she explores the interior, creating dreamlike, surreal and vibrant interpretations of domestic spaces around her. The room is an oasis and the items within it are what bring it to life. Rose imagines the dialogue that exists between space and furnishings or objects – chandeliers, lemon squeezers, chairs or a freestanding bath, for instance. She uses decorative motifs, intricate patterns and a vivid palette, to make the everyday important!


The 'Ripe For Discovery' Artist Series bottles are available now! Head in store at Selfridges and online @theOfficialSelfridges to view, purchase and personalise these exclusive #BombayBramble bottles from these three truly incredible young artists!!! Plus, visit @BombaySapphireUK to see more from Behind the Scenes of this exciting project. https://www.bombaysapphire.com/products/bombay-bramble/


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Nov 03, 2020
Jadé Fadojutimi
01:05:54

Season 7 continues with another Talk Art exclusive! Russell & Robert meet artist Jadé Fadojutimi for a special tour of 'Jesture', her recent London solo exhibition at Pippy Houldsworth Gallery. Fadojutimi created this remarkable new series of paintings during lockdown. Next year, she will participate in Liverpool Biennial 2021 as well solo exhibitions at Institute of Contemporary Art (Miami), The Hepworth (Wakefield) and Taka Ishii (Tokyo). 

 

The title of the exhibition, Jesture, touches on a sense of the absurd, responding to the disruption of daily rhythms arising from forced isolation during lockdown. Central to Fadojutimi’s practice is a repeated questioning of identity, its fluid nature and how the understanding of notions of pleasure, desire and choice are integral to a sense of self. Addressing the exchange between an individual and their environment, the vivid choices of colour and form derive from the associative qualities of the special items that capture her attention and the memories they invoke. 

 

Fadojutimi’s studio is filled with objects, drawings and writings that evoke nostalgic pleasure. Powerful memories, experienced whilst listening to film, animation and video game soundtracks, transport Fadojutimi to the first time she encountered them, eliciting a response that is experienced through intense colour. The synthesis of these various influences, through which Fadojutimi understands her sense of self, is transformed into large-scale gestural paintings charged with energy and emotion.

 

Described by Fadojutimi as environments, these complex compositions, neither wholly abstract nor figurative, are built up with layers of oil paint, interrupted by the more linear mark-making made possible by her recent adoption of oil pastels. The introduction of new materials into her painting has enabled the artist to think more broadly about palette, composition and depth, while translating the spontaneity of her drawing on to the canvas. 

  

Jadé Fadojutimi (b.1993) lives and works in London. She earned a BA from The Slade School of Fine Art, London in 2015 and an MA from the Royal College of Art, London in 2017. After Pippy Houldsworth Gallery took on representation of the artist and presented her first solo exhibition at Pippy Houldsworth Gallery in 2017-18, she had her first one-person institutional show at PEER UK, London in 2019. Acquisitions by Tate London; ICA Miami, and a promised gift to Dallas Museum of Art followed soon after. She had her first solo exhibition in Germany with Galerie Gisela Capitain, Cologne, in 2018 and will have her first solo exhibition in Japan with Taka Ishii Gallery, Tokyo, opening March 2021. Fadojutimi has been selected to participate in Liverpool Biennial 2021. Her first solo US museum exhibition will be presented at ICA Miami, opening in November 2021. She will also have a solo exhibition of new work at The Hepworth Wakefield in 2021.


Visit her website at: http://jadefadojutimi.com/ and Pippy Houldsworth Gallery: https://www.houldsworth.co.uk/. Follow Jade at Instagram: @JadeFadojutimi


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Oct 30, 2020
Sir Paul Smith CBE CH
00:50:15

Talk Art exclusive!!! We meet a living LEGEND!! For episode 8, Russell and Robert meet the iconic British fashion designer Sir Paul Smith CH CBE RDI (born 5 July 1946). We discuss a lifetime of collecting art, his recent award of Companion of Honour from the Queen, setting up a new foundation with the aim of giving advice to creative people, his support of artists at the Royal Academy Schools and Slade including Lynette Yiadom-Boakye and James Lloyd and the lasting impact artists like David Hockney, Patti Smith, R. B. Kitaj, Peter Blake, Frank Auerbach and David Bowie had on his life. We learn about the exhibitions he put on in his first shop in the 1960s including works by Andy Warhol and how this has continued to the present day with exhibitions in his London and Los Angeles stores by Joy Yamusangie and John Booth amongst many others!


This special episode was recorded in Paul Smith's office in London. Visit Paul Smith's Foundation online at www.PaulSmithsFoundation.com or Instagram @PaulSmithsFoundation. Paul's eponymous new 50th Anniversary Book is available now (published by Phaidon). This inspiring new book captures his unique spirit and one-of-a-kind creativity by selecting 50 highly personal objects, charting his and his brand’s half century of struggle and success, from a small menswear concern in Nottingham, UK, through to a globally recognised international fashion house.


Follow Paul on Instagram @PaulSmith and @PaulSmithDesign, visit Paul's official website www.PaulSmith.com


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Oct 22, 2020
Sunil Gupta
01:29:14

Russell and Robert meet legendary UK based queer artist/photographer Sunil Gupta (b. 1953, New Delhi India).


From Here to Eternity is Gupta's first major retrospective, offering a complex and layered view of his unique transcontinental photographic vision. 

Born in New Delhi, India, relocated to Montreal, Canada, before studying at the Royal College of Art in London, Gupta has been using photography as a critical practice since the 1970s. Subversive, impulsive, personal and political, Sunil Gupta's socially engaged projects have focused on such issues as family, race, migration and the complexities and taboos of sexuality and homosexual life. His work has been instrumental in raising awareness around the political realities concerning the fight for international gay rights and of making visible the tensions between tradition and modernity, public and private, the body and body politics. Bringing together works from across his divergent and extensive career, From Here to Eternity features a range of series’ from street photography (Christopher Street, 1976) to narrative portraits (From Here to Eternity, 1999), along with highly staged and constructed scenes (The New Pre-Raphaelites, 2008) and a selection of early investigations into digital image making (Trespass, London, 1992-1995). From participating in New York's active Gay Liberation Movement in the 1970s to his more recent campaigning for gay liberation in India, Sunil Gupta has been inspirational to generations of photographic activists and LGBTQ+ rights campaigners.


What does it mean to be a gay Indian man? This is the question that follows me around everywhere I go and is still ever present in my work – Sunil Gupta


This special episode was recorded on 22nd July 2020. Follow Sunil's artworks on Instagram @sunilgupta7402 and visit Sunil's major retrospective at Photographer's Gallery, London until end of January 2021:

https://thephotographersgallery.org.uk/whats-on/exhibition/here-eternity-sunil-gupta-retrospective


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Oct 15, 2020
Denai Moore and Nadira Amrani
01:27:14

Talk Art Season 7 continues!! For episode 6, Russell and Robert meet the creative power couple of singer/songwriter DENAI MOORE & film director NADIRA AMRANI!!!!

Denai's new album 'Modern Dread', with sleeve art by Nadira, is Talk Art's FAVOURITE album of 2020!!!


We discuss the influence of art on both of their creative disciplines and their favourite contemporary artists including Joy Yamusangie, Isaac Julien, Sarah Lucas, Elmgreen & Dragset and the architect Zaha Hadid. We explore colour theory, the importance of silence and how art galleries help us to slow down, their passion for decorating their Margate home with bright contrasting colours, their admiration for film makers such as Iggy London, and the artworks Denai's father made and introduced her to during her childhood in Jamaica. We learn about the influence of Stanley Kubrick's 'The Shining' 1980 movie on Denai's music videos for Modern Dread as well as a blue room installation by the artist Adrián Villar Rojas, as well as Sci Fi and a dystopian modern aesthetic that runs throughout her album campaign.


Plus we learn about Denai's forthcoming live concert film, shot & directed by Nadira at Carl Freedman Gallery, Margate. Their inspiring new film will be available to stream via Denai Moore's YouTube channel from the end of October 2020, and will include exclusive live performances of recent standout singles 'Cascades' and 'To The Brink'.


Denai Moore is a British-Jamaican artist and singer. Her most recent album Modern Dread was released in July 2020. Moore's musical style is a mix of soul, folk, electronic, and other styles, and she has said she takes influence from Paramore, Lauryn Hill, Kanye West and Bon Iver. She refers to her own music as "genre free".


Nadira Amrani is a British Algerian Director interested in directing diverse and innovating commercials and music videos. Having directed and created films for the Tate, as well as the V&A, Nadira’s work has been shown in art Galleries and functioned in the art world and the film industry. Nadira is the founder of the collective POC, The People of Colours and is passionate about diversity in directing and curates regular events showcasing VR and work by queers artists and film directors of colour. 


This special episode was recorded at Carl Freedman Gallery, Margate on 13th September 2020. Denai Moore's new album Modern Dread is OUT NOW!!! Stream it at Apple Music, Spotify or buy the vinyl from Rough Trade. Follow Denai & Nadira on Instagram @DenaiMoore and @NadiraAmrani, visit Denai's website www.denaimoore.com...  


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Oct 08, 2020
Catherine Opie
01:27:30

Russell and Robert meet Catherine Opie (b. 1961, Sandusky, OH; lives in Los Angeles), known for her powerfully dynamic photography that examines the ideals and norms surrounding the culturally constructed American dream and American identity. She first gained recognition in the 1990s for her series of studio portraits titled Being and Having, in which she photographed gay, lesbian, and transgender individuals drawn from her circle of friends and artists. Opie has traveled extensively across the country exploring the diversity of America’s communities and landscapes, documenting quintessential American subjects— high school football players and the 2008 presidential inauguration—while also continuing to display America’s subcultures through formal portraits. Using dramatic staging, Opie presents cross-dressers, same-sex couples, and tattooed, scarred, and pierced bodies in intimate photographs that evoke traditional Renaissance portraiture—images of power and respect. In her portraits and landscapes, Opie establishes a level of ambiguity—of identity and place—by exaggerating masculine or feminine characteristics, or by exaggerating the distance of the shot, cropping, or blurring her landscapes.


This special episode was recorded on 9th September 2020. Follow Cathy's artworks on Instagram @csopie and visit Cathy's gallery https://www.lehmannmaupin.com/artists/catherine-opie. Special thanks to Sarah and Alejandro at @LehmannMaupin gallery, New York.


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Oct 01, 2020
Noel Fielding
01:27:17

Russell and Robert meet Noel Fielding, legendary comedian, writer, actor, artist, musician, and TV presenter - back on screens this week in The Great British Bake Off! Known for his use of surreal humour and black comedy, Noel first came to prominence in The Mighty Boosh comedy troupe, starring as lead character Vince Noir but also creating many of the costumes, make-up designs and animated segments.


In recent years he's also become celebrated for his colourful figurative paintings and his lockdown Art Club online classes. Having trained at Croydon Art College tutored by Dexter Dalwood, he drew inspiration from artists including Jean Michel Basquiat, Henri Rousseau, Jean Dubuffet, David Shrigley, Salvador Dali, Roy Lichtenstein, Karel Appel and the Cobra art movement. Noel's visual practice includes drawing, painting, collage and multimedia installation. His exhibition titles have included "Psychedelic Dreams of The Jelly Fox".


This special episode was recorded in London on Monday 16th December 2019. Follow Noel's artworks on Instagram @Noel_Fielding or Twitter @NoelFielding11 and visit his galleries Don't Walk Gallery in Deal, Kent and Jealous Gallery in London. Special thanks to Tania Wade.


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Sep 24, 2020
Jeffry Mitchell
01:01:15

Season 7 continues!!! For episode 3, Russell & Robert meet Jeffry Mitchell a "gay folk artist" (as he describes himself) whose primary mediums are ceramic and drawing. Well versed in ceramic's traditions around the globe (references to Early American glazes, Pennsylvania Dutch pickle jars, asymmetrical Japanese aesthetic decisions and Chinese Foo Dogs abound), Mitchell takes a very direct approach to working, often eschewing refinements that commonly accompany many ceramic processes. The resulting pieces radiate an exuberant, unbridled immediacy. He feels that this unfettered approach is essentially relatable to our shared human experience. To explain this idea Mitchell talks about a fundamental familiarity with clay that we all carry with us from our formative years. Perhaps we came to it through playing as children making mud pies or maybe it was making pinch pots in elementary school, regardless he feels that clay is a material that is universally relatable at a very basic level.


The imagery that he uses is also very accessible. Bears, elefants (he prefers ‘f’ to ‘ph’), bunnies and flowers appear over and over in his work and though they can be definitely be related to his own personal story he feels that these too spring from an early and universally familiar place. Throughout the work Mitchell seeks to tap into and broadcast a sense of vitality whether it be joyful or colored with more a complex mix of emotions. This throughline can been seen in the thick, dripping glazes, the unabashed appropriation of decorative motifs and an unmistakeable suffusion of playfulness.


This special episode was recorded in London on Friday 6th September 2019. Follow Jeffry's artworks on Instagram @JeffryMitchell and visit his galleries PDX CONTEMPORARY ART in Portland Oregon and Ting Ying projects in Dehua, China and London. Plus, you can see more works at his page at Mark Moore gallery.


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Sep 17, 2020
Cassi Namoda
01:29:58

Season 7 continues!!! For episode 2, Russell & Robert chat to Cassi Namoda (b. 1988, Maputo, Mozambique), a painter and performance artist who explores the intricacies of social dynamics and mixed cultural and racial identity. Capturing scenes of everyday life, from mundane moments to life-changing events, Namoda paints a vibrant and nuanced portrait of post-colonial Mozambique within an increasingly globalised world. Namoda is interested in conveying the dualities between sacrifice, pain and happiness in her social and familial networks, an acceptance of the balance between suffering and joy which she perceives as fundamental to her community’s way of life. Her paintings portray the importance of family, the remnants of colonial control and the physical fatigue of working life as narrative vignettes, inspired by her studies in film and literature.


This special episode was recorded online during lockdown on Tuesday 9th June 2020. We explore themes within Cassi's forthcoming solo exhibition at Goodman Gallery, South Africa and her other recent show for Nina Johnson gallery in Miami.


Special thanks to Nina Johnson Gallery and Joanna Stella-Sawicka & Justin Davy at Goodman Gallery. Follow Cassi's via artworks on Instagram @cass_amandaa and visit her page at Goodman Gallery's official website https://www.goodman-gallery.com


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Sep 10, 2020
Marianne Berenhaut
01:09:04

Talk Art returns for Season 7! Russell and Robert meet Marianne Berenhaut, the Belgian-born artist (b. 1934) who for almost 50 years has been gathering, curating and transforming objects found in her immediate surroundings. Her powerful yet delicate sculptures and installations address themes of longing, trauma, absence and memory. Through her vast body of work, spanning five decades, Marianne Berenhaut has created a unique and idiosyncratic visual language.


We discuss numerous artworks including her 1960s ‘Maison’ or ‘House’ sculptures and her 1970s series ‘Poupées-Poubelles’ or ‘Dustbin Dolls’ which were most recently presented within the group show Gossamer, curated by Zoe Bedeaux, at Carl Freedman Gallery in Autumn 2019. We discover why she chose to relocate to London at the age of 80 and look back to her childhood and the trauma of losing her parents and brother who were murdered by the Nazis during the Holocaust in Auschwitz-Birkenau.


Berenhaut divides her time between Brussels and London. Having graduated the Académie du Midi and Atelier de Moeschal in the ixties, she has had various solo exhibitions in different art spaces and institutions like La Maison des Femmes (Brussels), Island Brussels, Musée Juif de Belgique (Brussels), MAC’s Grand Hornu (Belgium) as well as in Isy Brachot Gallery (Brussels), Nadja Vilenne Gallery (Liège) and Bureau des Réalités (Brussels). Marianne is part of brand new exhibition opening 3rd September - 24th October 2020 in Brussels titled ‘Lacrimae Rerum’ – Homage to Gustav Metzger, alongside Metzger, Miroslaw Balka and Latifa Echakhch. #MarianneBerenhaut #DvirGallery


This special episode was recorded in London on Sunday 5th January 2020. With thanks to Barbara Cuglietta and Dvir Gallery. Follow Marianne's via DVIR gallery on Instagram @dvir_gallery and visit their official website http://dvirgallery.com/


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Sep 03, 2020
Kenny Schachter (QuarARTine special episode)
01:41:51

Russell & Robert meet Kenny Schachter for Talk Art's Season 6 Finale... and what better way to close this special quarantine season than with art world ROYALTY!!!! Kenny is truly a polymath - dealer, artist, writer, collector, curator, lecturer and all-round LEGEND!!! We admire his deep love of art, the way he champions artists but also how he speaks truth to power, never afraid to call out bad behaviour or corruption.


For this feature-length episode, we discuss Kenny's lifelong passion for art, his provocative column for Artnet and his favourite artists including Paul Thek, Tracey Emin, Robert Gober and hosting early exhibitions of now-leading artists including Katherine Bernhardt, Joe Bradley, Wade Guyton, Cecily Brown, Kembra Pfahler and many more! We explore teaching at School of Visual Arts in NY, his recent exhibition of Eva Beresin's paintings (a great artist he met via Instagram), 30 years of collecting art, his Hoarder sale at Sotheby's in December 2019 and numerous art world controversies (and punch-ups) including the most recent fraud scandal involving Inigo Philbrick.


Follow Kenny on Instagram @kennyschachter and visit his official website www.kennyschachter.art For images of all artworks discussed in this episode visit @TalkArt. We've just joined Twitter too @TalkArt. If you've enjoyed this episode PLEASE leave us your feedback and maybe 5 stars if we're worthy in the Apple Podcast store. Thank you for listening to Talk Art, we will be back very soon. For all requests, please email talkart@independenttalent.com

 

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Aug 10, 2020
Jennifer Gilbert (QuarARTine special episode)
01:28:15

Russell & Robert meet Jennifer Gilbert, leading curator, gallerist and champion of Outsider Art!


As founder of the Jennifer Lauren Gallery, her aim is to champion and exhibit international self-taught, disabled and overlooked artists who create works outside the mainstream art world and art history. Jennifer works closely with UK organisations, studios and communities supporting disabled artists, in order to promote new, unique artists and creators. She is passionate about being a voice and platform for under-represented artists, allowing their voices and talent to shine through. Through her work Jennifer hopes to: demystify what is regarded as art and who can be an artist; stimulate audiences; and continue to challenge the stigma surrounding this field of art. Jennifer is also a Freelance Producer and Curator, often working with and supporting disabled artists, organisations and galleries but also as an access support writer for funding applications for people with access needs. She's a trustee of the Barrington Farm Trust in Norfolk - an organisation supporting learning disabled artists to achieve more in life.


Artists mentioned in this episode include Nek Chand, Shinichi Sawada, Madge Gill, Pradeep Kumar, Bill Traylor, James Alison, Henry Darger, Davood Koochaki, Gerry's Pompeii, Misleidys Castillo Pedrosa, William Edmondson and MANY more! We also discuss Jennifer's recent curated group show in London titled 'Monochromatic Minds' and the current group show at Turner Contemporary in Margate called 'We Will Walk' which is free to visit and runs until 6th September 2020.


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Aug 03, 2020
Wolfgang Tillmans (QuarARTine special episode)
01:39:38

Talk Art exclusive!!! For this very special, feature-length episode, Russell & Robert speak to legendary artist Wolfgang Tillmans. We discuss growing up in Germany, his move to the Bournemouth, UK to study art, his collaboration with gallerist Maureen Paley and how he went on to become the first photographer to win the Turner Prize in 2000. We explore some of our favourite works including his portraits of Concorde airplanes, his unique approach to installing work, his passion for making music, his non-profit exhibition space Between Bridges which has included live concerts by artists such as No Bra (who he recently shot album artwork for). We learn of the impact having HIV has had on his life and how it has affected his work and activism. Plus we discuss a recent poster project 2020Solidarity which offers posters by leading artists for £50 each to raise funds to assist cultural venues, projects, spaces and publications that are existentially threatened by the coronavirus pandemic. Learn more at http://www.BetweenBridges.net/


"Few artists have shaped the scope of contemporary art and influenced a younger generation more than Tillmans. Since the early 1990s, his works have epitomized a new kind of subjectivity in photography, pairing intimacy and playfulness with social critique and the persistent questioning of existing values and hierarchies. Through his seamless integration of genres, subjects, techniques, and exhibition strategies, he has expanded conventional ways of approaching the medium, and his practice continues to address the fundamental question of what it means to create pictures in an increasingly image-saturated world." Text courtesy of @DavidZwirner, his New York gallery.


Follow @Wolfgang_Tillmans on Instagram and official website https://Tillmans.co.uk/. You can also view images at his London gallery @MaureenPaley. For images of all artworks discussed in this episode visit @TalkArt. We've just joined Twitter too @TalkArt. If you've enjoyed this episode PLEASE leave us your feedback and maybe 5 stars if we're worthy in the Apple Podcast store. Thank you for listening to Talk Art, we will be back very soon. For all requests, please email talkart@independenttalent.com

 

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Jul 27, 2020
Anthea Hamilton
01:11:56

Robert & Russell meet leading British artist Anthea Hamilton, best known for creating strange and surreal artworks and large-scale installations. Recorded on 5th January 2020 at Spiritland, Kings Cross.


We discuss the experience of being a Turner Prize nominee, meeting Gaetano Pesce the Italian architect and design pioneer, working with curator Ruba Katrib from New York’s Sculpture Center and the important power of a “yes”. We explore her image archive, often printed-out images including Moschino fashion designs that inspired her iconic 'brick suits', the collaborations & editions made for Studio Voltaire’s House of Voltaire shop.


We consider the benefits of being a geek, the influence of Kabuki theatre, collaborating with fashion designer Jonathan Anderson at Loewe and curator Linsey Young for ‘The Squash’ Duveen commission at Tate Britain, and her earlier performance based on mime at Serpentine. We learn about Anthea’s interest in film making, how she came to work with oat and rice cakes and sushi nori/seaweed within his sculptures, teaching at Open School East in Margate, working with images of Karl Lagerfeld and John Travolta and a key early film she made of herself singing ‘Somewhere Over the Rainbow’ slowed down and its inclusion in a group show curated by Sonya Boyce at Tate when she was 19.


Follow @HamiltonAnthea on Instagram and official website website https://antheahamilton.com/. You can also view images at her gallery too @ThomasDaneGallery. For images of all artworks discussed in this episode visit @TalkArt. We've just joined Twitter too @TalkArt. If you've enjoyed this episode PLEASE leave us your feedback and maybe 5 stars if we're worthy in the Apple Podcast store. Thank you for listening to Talk Art, we will be back very soon. For all requests, please email talkart@independenttalent.com

 

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Jul 20, 2020
Shawanda Corbett (QuarARTine special episode)
01:06:34

Robert & Russell meet artist Shawanda Corbett, best known for her ceramics, paintings and performances. Shawanda is a recent recipient of The Turner Bursary which replaces the Turner Prize 2020, recognised for her significant contribution to contemporary art in the UK during the past 12 months. 


We discuss the themes within “Neighbourhood Garden”, her current debut solo exhibition at Corvi-Mora gallery in South London, studying at the Ruskin at Oxford University, her admiration for her tutor Lynette Yiadom-Boakye, the ceramics of Magdalene Odundo and her love of jazz music including Eric Dolphy, Charles Mingus, Alice Coltrane & John Coltrane. We discuss cyborg theory and growing up with a disability, the question of “what is a complete body?” and the influence of Bauhaus and Sci-Fi. We consider the importance of collaboration in creating her performances particularly with choreographers, notably her brother Albert Corbett and the role and vital energy of, and connection to, the audience. We discuss theatre and dance such as Pina Bausch and Katherine Dunham who kept dancing even when in a wheelchair later in her life. Finally we discuss family and her experiences growing up, her memories of childhood and her inspiring grandmother Mary Bells who was a big supporter and ally to the trans and gay community in New York during the AIDS crisis of the 1980s.


Shawanda is pursuing a doctoral degree in Fine Art at the Ruskin School of Art and Wadham College, University of Oxford. "Her practice-led DPhil focuses on the relationship between differently-abled body and abled body as cyborgs. In replacing disability theory with cyborg theory, Corbett’s practice is challenging her to be the primary maker and performer in her conceptual practice. She applies prosthetic making and the transitional period for prosthetics to techniques in filmmaking, analogue photography, and live performances."


Visit her current solo exhibition at Corvi-Mora, running until 31st July 2020. https://www.corvi-mora.com/


Follow @Cyborg_Artist on Instagram and official website website https://www.shawandacorbett.com. You can also view images at her gallery too @CorviMora. For images of all artworks discussed in this episode visit @TalkArt. We've just joined Twitter too @TalkArt. If you've enjoyed this episode PLEASE leave us your feedback and maybe 5 stars if we're worthy in the Apple Podcast store. Thank you for listening to Talk Art, we will be back very soon. For all requests, please email talkart@independenttalent.com

 

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Jul 16, 2020
Ana Benaroya (QuarARTine special episode)
00:59:46

Season 6 continues! Russell & Robert chat to emerging artist Ana Benaroya from her studio in Jersey City, New Jersey. Recorded remotely on 19th April 2020 during lockdown, we are massive fans of Ana's paintings!!!


We discuss her early career as an illustrator, her love of cartoons, her passion for drawing, identifying with male characters in 80s/90s movies growing up and how she developed studies of the human body, in her early paintings of male physicality and how her focus has recently shifted to representing women’s bodies, particularly women in positions of power, muscularity, the influence of superheroes, bodily fluids, and smoke. We explore queerness, her passion for music especially opera and classical but also YES... the one and only, Celine Dion!!! We learn about Ana’s recent sport influenced paintings including use of multi-colours to project deep emotions, her admiration for painters such as Tom of Finland, Carroll Dunham, Peter Saul, Nicole Eisenman, Dana Schutz, Henry Taylor, Robert Cole Scott, Artemisia Gentileschi, the Chicago Imagists like Jim Nutt, Gladys Nillson, Karl Wirsum and the artists she studied with such as Rebecca Ness, Blair Whiteford and Dominic Chambers. Finally, we find out why her dream is to one day exhibit at the Met museum!!


Ana’s forthcoming solo exhibition will open this Autumn in Chelsea, New York at Ross + Kramer gallery. Ana's current joint show with Peter Saul 'Summer-Upon-Summer-Love' is on display in their East Hampton gallery.


Follow @anabenaroya on Instagram and view images at her gallery too @rosskramergallery. For images of all artworks discussed in this episode visit @TalkArt. We've just joined Twitter too @TalkArt. If you've enjoyed this episode PLEASE leave us your feedback and maybe 5 stars if we're worthy in the Apple Podcast store. Thank you for listening to Talk Art, we will be back very soon. For all requests, please email talkart@independenttalent.com

 

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Jul 13, 2020
Aindrea Emelife (QuarARTine special episode)
00:52:27

New Talk Art! Russell & Robert meet Aindrea Emelife, art critic, independent curator, advisor and arts presenter.


We discuss her recent powerful mission statement written for The Independent newspaper investigating how the art world can step up for Black Lives Matter. Aindrea spoke to leading figures for their perspectives including Jasmine Wahi, the Holly Block Social Justice Curator at the Bronx Museum in New York, Eva Langret, artistic director of Frieze London, Osei Bonsu, curator of international art at Tate Modern and Courtney J Martin, director of Yale Centre for British Art in Connecticut.


We explore her admiration for Studio Museum associate curator Legacy Russell and director/chief curator Thelma Golden, Chisenhale's director Zoé Whitley, the challenges with online art fairs in lockdown, Arthur Jafa's film 'Love is The Message', her passion for emerging artists artist Jade Fadojutimi and Hannah Quinlan & Rosie Hastings, and Russ & Rob's recent discovery of Sola Olulode paintings part of a recent Stephen Lawrence Trust fundraiser.


We hear about Aindrea's first column for the Financial Times (published when she was aged 20 years old), studying History of Art at The Courtauld Institute of Art, her commitment to philanthropic efforts including being a patron at Matt's Gallery and her joint founding the Plop Residency with artist Oli Epp, which gives three artists a month a residency space that includes tutorials from industry professionals, mentorship, studio space in Central London and exposure to the London art scene.


Thanks for listening!! Follow Aindrea on Instagram @AindreaLondon. Learn more at her website http://aindrea.com/ or visit the Plop Residency at www.plop-residency.com. Read Aindrea's article at The Independent (click here).

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Jul 09, 2020
Ellie Goulding and Caspar Jopling (QuarARTine special episode)
01:18:13

On this week's Talk Art, we're feeling the POWER of LOVE! Russell & Robert chat to the captivating superstar duo of Ellie Goulding and Caspar Jopling from their home in Oxfordshire.


As passionate art collectors, we learn about the artists they admire and collect including Rebecca Warren, Julie Mehretu, Tracey Emin, Donna Huanca, Raymond Pettibon, George Rouy, Wolfgang Tillmans, Jack Whitten, Raqib Shaw, Cy Gavin, Christina Quarles and Ellie’s favourite - a neon of a double cross by Jonathan Horowitz in rainbow colours. We hear about the shyness of their first date visiting two exhibitions in London: Anselm Kiefer at White Cube followed by Robert Rauschenberg at Tate Modern. As their relationship grew, visiting exhibitions has become an integral part of their life as well as art fairs like Frieze and Art Basel!


Ellie discusses her dedication to female artists and how her art collection has evolved since meeting Caspar, the works she used to collect were “dark stuff” gothic in style like ship wrecks or skeletons, skulls or ghosts! Whilst Caspar reminisces about his first art purchase growing up of a poster by Sir Terry Frost, his admiration for his uncle the legendary gallerist Jay Jopling (White Cube), how he advises his friends to support and collect art, and how he even experimented with screen printing and painting during his teens inspired by Rauschenberg, Richard Prince and Andy Warhol.


With no motivation for investment, Ellie feels a close correlation between the art she loves and the songs she writes, something she explored whilst writing her forthcoming new album 'Brightest Blue': “I love the idea that you can buy something, that I can stare at for a long time and then it could maybe draw a song or a lyric out of me”. The album's title directly inspired by a Doug Wheeler artwork the couple saw at David Zwirner's gallery in New York. The intense installation of a blue room was “like walking into another world”.


Art also inspires her music's visuals, collaborating with creative director Imogen Snell as well as photographers Louie Banks, Ronan Park and Rankin. We discuss her musical collaborator SerpentWithFeet who appears on her new album but also recently sang at her and Caspar's wedding in Yorkshire. We remember her collaborator the late rapper Juice Wrld and the impact of his passing on artists like Katherine Bernhardt and the international art and music communities.


Finally we discuss Caspar's experiences working for Sotheby's but also within the film industry, his current studying for his MBA at Oxford University, the recent news of the Gallery Climate Coalition and how the art world is approaching sustainability, online viewing rooms, the positives and negatives of buying art (and clothes) online, and the escapism in lockdown watching period drama Downtown Abbey as well as the joys of completing Kandinsky and Lichtenstein-inspired puzzles! 


Ellie's fourth studio album 'Brightest Blue' can be pre-ordered NOW, released in full on 17th July 2020! Follow Ellie & Caspar on Instagram @EllieGoudling and @CasparJopling, @EllieGoulding on Twitter, her official website https://www.elliegoulding.com/. For images of all artworks discussed in this episode visit @TalkArt. We've just joined Twitter too @TalkArt. If you've enjoyed this episode PLEASE leave...  


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Jul 06, 2020
Katherine Bradford (QuarARTine special episode)
01:15:24

Season 6 continues! Recorded remotely on 3rd April 2020 during lockdown, Russell & Robert chat to leading artist Katherine Bradford, best known for her radiant paintings of swimmers, superheroes, ships and dreamy landscapes that critics describe as simultaneously representational and abstract, luminous, and richly metaphorical.


We explore how Katherine changed her life aged 30 years old to become an artist moving with her twin children from Maine to New York City, making friends with Chris Martin and other passionate intense painters in 1980s Brooklyn: "It was quite a new idea. People were not going to Brooklyn to be artists. So we were in a sense pioneers and we all stuck together, we relied on each other.” We discuss landscape painting, lobsters and Brunswick Maine's cold water coast, the sense of night in her works and how she came to add figurative elements which in turn increased her audience and interest in her paintings. We learn of her admiration for Marsden Hartley’s clouds "logos of the sky", John Marin and Alex Katz who share a direct, simplified language of painting. We explore the influence of folk art and children’s art, the spiritual in art (à la Kandinsky), and how working with the influential CANADA gallery helped her to progress. We find out what success means to her and the themes within her new solo show Adams and Ollman gallery in Portland. We discuss the joy of Instagram and her love of other painter's works including Susan Rothenberg, Rothko, Rose Wylie, Chris Martin, Katherine Bernhardt and Nicole Eisenman.


Follow @KatheBradford on Instagram and please also visit Katherine's galleries @CanadaGallery and @AdamsandOllman and visit their website to view Katherine's current solo exhibition 'Mother Joins The Circus' www.adamsandollman.com. For images of all artworks discussed in this episode visit @TalkArt. We've just joined Twitter too @TalkArt. If you've enjoyed this episode PLEASE leave us your feedback and maybe 5 stars if we're worthy in the Apple Podcast store. Thank you for listening to Talk Art, we will be back very soon. For all requests, please email talkart@independenttalent.com

 

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Jun 29, 2020
Jonathan Lyndon Chase (QuarARTine special episode)
00:59:23

Season 6 continues! Recorded remotely on 1st May 2020 during lockdown, Russell & Robert chat to Philadelphia-based artist Jonathan Lyndon Chase whose paintings and drawings focus primarily on queer black bodies in everyday, domestic spaces.


We explore the importance of family including Jonathan's husband Will (who is also their studio manager), sea horses, shyness, Bipolar disorder, identifying as non-binary and the value of having a studio in their hometown of Philadelphia. We discuss humour, depicting the messiness of the human body, bodily fluids, queerness, gender performativity & 'performing' ourselves including Du Bois' Double Consciousness, Judith Butler's Gender Trouble and a recent inspiring quote by Alexander Leon, tattoos, the inspiring music & style of Missy Elliott and more recently Lizzo, science fiction, manga such as Sailor Moon, Afrofuturism, the joy of teaching & their respect for artist Jennifer Packer, the psychology of Francis Bacon's work, Gilbert and George, the influence of nature in particular roses and flowers, being a cat-parent but also feeding stranger's cats and the rare talent of tying cherry stems with your mouth alone!!! Finally we discover that all 3 of us were born under the Scorpio star sign... Scorpio's unite for this special Talk Art episode!!!


Follow @JonathanLyndonChase on Instagram, their official website https://www.jonathanlyndonchase.com/ and please also visit Jonathan's gallery @CompanyGallery and their website https://companygallery.us/. Special thanks to Sophie Mörner. For images of all artworks discussed in this episode visit @TalkArt. We've just joined Twitter too @TalkArt. If you've enjoyed this episode PLEASE leave us your feedback and maybe 5 stars if we're worthy in the Apple Podcast store. Thank you for listening to Talk Art, we will be back very soon. For all requests, please email talkart@independenttalent.com

 

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Jun 22, 2020
Rose McGowan (QuarARTine special episode)
00:49:32

Talk Art Season 6 continues! Recorded during lockdown on 19th April 2020 from the Mexican jungle, Russell & Robert chat to Rose McGowan, leading activist, author, singer, actress and creative polymath.


We discuss her debut album 'Planet 9', how creativity can promote healing, why Rose sees America as a cult, growing up as a child in the Children of God cult, Rose & Robert's shared admiration for her previous partner Marilyn Manson's Mechanical Animals album & the song Coma White that written about Rose's life story. We discover why she loves collecting art and how the works she's chosen are closely linked to her own life story, including a painting she bought, whilst filming Charmed, by artist Eric Blum of an invisible woman and more recently works by Claire Falkenstein, Grant Haffner and Stanley Donwood of a figure "holding back the waves of the ocean" which she sees as representing her strength in the face of adversity.


We learn about Rose's father, a skilled painter & airbrush artist, who made futuristic surreal paintings as well as Kodak commercials and Baci chocolate box packaging designs, the inspiration she drew from Edward Hopper works while directing 2014 thriller 'Dawn', her love of Ernest Hemingway, a memorable visit to Rothko's Chapel of fourteen black paintings at the Menil Collection in Houston, her admiration for latter-day Magritte, buying a fake Magritte painting from a garage sale as a teenager and her passion for Rodin & Camille Claudel's sculptures.


We reminisce about her 2018 collaboration with shoe designer Nicholas Kirkwood for the 'Hacker' live show in London, and her later performance at Venice Biennale 2019. Rose is also influenced by architecture including Zaha Hadid and Frank Lloyd Wright's Ennis House in LA. and her loves of two time periods 1930s and 1970s, her respect for "seminal artist" Yoko Ono and Artemisia Gentileschi, the 17th Century Baroque painter and Frida Kahlo whose house she visited recently in Mexico City!


Rose's debut album 'Planet 9' is OUT NOW! We also recommend reading her memoir 'Brave'. Follow @RoseMcGowan on Instagram, @RoseMcGowan on Twitter, her official website https://www.rosemcgowan.com/. For images of all artworks discussed in this episode visit @TalkArt. We've just joined Twitter too @TalkArt. If you've enjoyed this episode PLEASE leave us your feedback and maybe 5 stars if we're worthy in the Apple Podcast store. Thank you for listening to Talk Art, we will be back very soon. For all requests, please email talkart@independenttalent.com

 

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Jun 15, 2020
Troy Michie (QuarARTine special episode)
01:01:40

Welcome to Season 6 of Talk Art! Recorded on 10th April 2020, we chat to Troy Michie, the acclaimed American collage artist, painter, interdisciplinary installation artist, and sculptor based in New York City. Michie's work is often in dialogue with the canon of collage; as well as investigating society's understanding of race, gender, sexuality, and other fields of identity and power. This episode is released on the anniversary of the Zoot Suit Riots in Los Angeles from June 3-8th 1943, which has been frequently referenced in Michie's work.


We discuss the history of collage, vintage erotic and pornographic magazines, his hometown of El Paso, a border city between USA and Mexico, growing up bilingual, lies about immigration, racial stereotypes, media misconceptions and the ‘fear of the other’. We explore woven paper collage, a new development in Troy’s practice, as well as assemblage works on wooden panels, and sewing through paper.


We explore the 1943 Zoot Suit Riots and his body of work referencing the dapper & flamboyant Zoot Suit style, Jazz music, Pachuco culture and its long lasting impact on popular culture including mainstream films Who Framed Roger Rabbit, Bugsy Malone and Dick Tracey. We discuss camouflage theory & Roland Penrose's disruptive patterning theory, Razzle Dazzle warships, queerness and the camouflaging the self within society, safety of marginalised communities and in particular the violence and murders of the transgender community in New York.


His admiration for Nancy Brooks Brody, Mark Bradford, Magritte and the Surrealists, Méret Oppenheim, Frida Kahlo, Hannah Höch, Nouveau réalisme, Kara Walker, John Stezaker, Wangechi Mutu and Wilfredo Lam. We reflect on his works in shows at New Museum, the Whitney Biennial 2019 and his primary gallery Company. We discover the inspiration he drew from The Invisible Man novel and how he hopes to honour the memory of his grandmother and his family of hard working women, growing up listening to eclectic music by Sugar Cubes to Aretha Franklin and writing songs himself.


Follow @TroyMichie on Instagram, his official website https://www.troymichie.com/ and please also visit Troy's gallery @CompanyGallery and their website https://companygallery.us/. For images of all artworks discussed in this episode visit @TalkArt. We've just joined Twitter too @TalkArt. If you've enjoyed this episode PLEASE leave us your feedback and maybe 5 stars if we're worthy in the Apple Podcast store. Thank you for listening to Talk Art, we will be back very soon. For all requests, please email talkart@independenttalent.com

 

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Jun 08, 2020
Toyin Ojih Odutola (QuarARTine special episode)
01:20:19

Recorded in New York on Sunday 26th January 2020, Russell & Robert meet leading artist Toyin Ojih Odutola, best known for her multimedia drawings and works on paper, which explore the malleability of identity and the possibilities in visual story-telling. Interested in the topography of skin, Ojih Odutola has a distinctive style of mark-making using only basic drawing materials, such as ballpoint pens, pencils, pastels and charcoal. This signature technique involves building up of layers on the page, through blending and shading with the highest level of detail, creating compositions that reinvent and reinterpret the traditions of portraiture. Ojih Odutola credits the development of her style from using pen, which holds a special significance through its function as a writing tool, as her work is also akin to fiction. She often spends months crafting narratives that unfold through series of artworks like the chapters of a book.


Her work is inspired by both art history and popular culture, as well as her own personal history—being born in Ilé-Ifẹ̀, Nigeria then moving as a child to America where she was raised in conservative Alabama. The idea of traveling or transporting the self is a recurring theme in her work and, for Ojih Odutola, the construction of her figures is a means of discovering an individual’s character and personal story. Though the representation of skin has been a core focus of her practice, she has also explored depictions of landscapes, architecture and domestic interiors in more recent series.


We discuss Toyin's forthcoming Barbican solo exhibition 'A Countervailing Theory', her first-ever in the UK, currently postponed due to the Covid-19 pandemic. This epic cycle of new work will explore an imagined ancient myth, with an immersive soundscape by artist Peter Adjaye. Ojih Odutola, recognising the pen as a ‘writing tool first’, plays with the idea that drawing can be a form of storytelling. Working exclusively with drawing materials including pastel and charcoal, she approaches her process of drawing as an investigative practice. She proposes speculative fictions, inviting the viewer to enter her uncannily familiar yet fantastical world. Working like an author or poet, she often spends months creating extensive imaginary narratives, which play out through a series of works to suggest a structure of episodes or chapters. Drawing on an eclectic range of references, from ancient history to popular culture to contemporary politics, Ojih Odutola encourages the viewer to piece together the fragments of the stories that she presents.


Follow @ToyinOjihOdutola on Instagram and view Toyin's new online exhibition via her gallery @JackShainman's website www.jackshainman.com For images of all artworks discussed in this episode visit @TalkArt. We've just joined Twitter too @TalkArtPodcast. If you've enjoyed this episode PLEASE leave us your feedback and maybe 5 stars if we're worthy in the Apple Podcast store. Thank you for listening to Talk Art, we will be back very soon.

 

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Jun 01, 2020
Josh O'Connor (QuarARTine special episode)
01:00:56

Russell and Robert chat to leading English actor Josh O'Connor. We discuss family connections to art with his artist/ceramicist grandmother Romola Jane, the ongoing search to buy back her previously sold studio art pottery, his sculptor grandfather John Bunting who's wooden sculptures, bronzes & stone works was a contemporary of Henry Moore and teacher to artist Antony Gormley. We explore Josh's love of Modern British Art, learning to draw as taught by his grandfather, continuing to create his own drawings in adulthood which filmmaker Xavier Dolan has expressed admiration for.


We explore his experiences working with Jonathan Anderson at Loewe for numerous advertising campaigns shot by Steven Meisel, Dwayne Michaels and Grace Sorrenti in Japan. the beginning of his own art collection including an abstract painting by Max Wade (Cob Gallery), his love of craft and pots and ceramics, his respect for photographer Alasdair McLellen and artist Alvaro Barrington. Finally we discuss the power of simplicity learned during filming with director Francis Lee in the movie Gods Own Country and his challenge to do 30 wild swims in his 30th year to raise funds for Mind charity.... and we decide Josh is the male Tilda Swinton!


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May 28, 2020
Lenz Geerk (QuarARTine special episode)
01:00:34

Russell & Robert chat to critically acclaimed German artist Lenz Geerk. Recorded at the start of lockdown, we discuss his psychologically charged paintings that are seemingly removed from any specific time or place. Emphasizing his subjects in such a way as to draw out the hidden emotions of the human psyche, Geerk depicts people at the threshold of excitation and in the throes of exploration or emotional tension. 


We discuss his daily journey to the studio, links in his work to art history icons Morandi, Hopper & Modigliani, growing up painting Knights and football players, 1920s style & the film Call Me By Your Name, the popular computer game The Sims, his decision to fly less to help tackle climate change, the theme of food in his paintings including a painting of an apple (that Russell recently acquired), plus we discover artworks he lives with by artists like Louis Fratino and Jenna Gribbon. We learn how he gave up painting for one year after seeing Vermeer's paintings in real life, his love of Manga and comic books such as Tintin, listening to audio books of classics including Cervantes' Don Quixote and Marcel Proust, why he enjoys painting in hotel rooms, and his aim for the people in his works not to be objects and to be active and powerful and readdressing art history.


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May 25, 2020
Tim Blanks (QuarARTine special episode)
01:04:28

Russell & Robert meet legendary fashion writer Tim Blanks, Editor-at-large of Business Of Fashion and a passionate art fan/collector. We discuss growing up in New Zealand, hanging out in the late 70s with artist collective General Idea in New York, meeting Andy Warhol in Toronto, the influence of David Bowie, his love of The Photographer’s Gallery, collecting photography including Juergen Teller and a classic Horst photograph of Marlene Dietrich. We learn of his admiration for a new generation such as photographer Jack Davison, stylist Ib Kamara and designer Craig Green plus we hear his perspective on the future of art and fashion worlds after the Covid-19 pandemic.


We reflect on successful art & fashion collaborations including Raf Simons & Sterling Ruby, Maria Grazia Chiuri & Judy Chicago and Kim Jones who has worked with artists throughout his career from KAWS to Raymond Pettibon to Jake & Dinos Chapman. We discuss his favourite contemporary artists including Lisa Brice, Jordan Casteel, Gregory Halpern, Trisha Donnelly, Kevin Beasley and AA Bronson, and his longterm friendship with Casey Kaplan, the leading NY gallerist who he’s also collected artworks from. We explore the history of Illustration in fashion from Erte and Yves Saint Laurent to more recent illustrators/artists such as Julie Verhoeven, Mats GustafsonClym Evernden and Howard Tangye. Finally we hear Tim sing a classic Velvet Underground song!


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May 21, 2020
Alice Rawsthorn OBE (QuarARTine special episode)
01:11:37

Russell & Robert meet Alice Rawsthorn OBE, the award-winning British design critic and author. Based in London, she is chair of the boards of trustees at Chisenhale Gallery in East London and The Hepworth Wakefield art gallery in Yorkshire. Alice was awarded an OBE for services to design and the arts.


We discuss growing up in Manchester, studying at Cambridge University, her role as design critic for New York Times with a weekly column that ran for more than a decade, her experiences as a Turner Prize judge in 1999 and as director of the Design Museum in London from 2001-2006. An influential public speaker and social media commentator on design, Alice has participated in important global events including TED and the annual meetings of the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland. Her TED talk has been viewed by over a million people worldwide. We learn of her passion for the Michael Clarke Dance Company, the box furniture of Louise Brigham, the challenges and rewards from being a trustee of arts organisations and the specific challenges art spaces face during and post the current global pandemic.


Finally we learn about @Design.Emergency, a new project set up by MoMA's senior curator of design Paola Antonelli with Alice to explore design’s role and impact on the COVID-19 crisis and its aftermath. Since the coronavirus outbreak began, designers and their collaborators have come up with ingenious solutions to help protect the public from the pandemic, improve treatment facilities and methods, and prepare us for the future. The duo plan to publish a book on Design Emergency, and are beginning the project with a series of weekly Instagram Live talks.


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May 18, 2020
Edward Enninful OBE (QuarARTine special episode)
00:59:22

Russell and Robert meet Edward Enninful OBE, editor-in-chief of British Vogue. Over the past two and a half years as editor-in-chief of the famed publication, he has helped shape a new vision for fashion media — not just in the UK, but globally — where he has placed a “diversity of perspective” at its core.


Enninful has described his vision for British Vogue as “about being inclusive. It’s not just the colour of your skin but the diversity of perspective.” He has made art a priority including interviews and features with artists as varied as Lubaina Himid, Steve McQueen (who is Vogue's Contributing Editor), Luchita Hurtado, Celia Hempton, Anthea Hamilton, Lorna Simpson, Mark Bradford, Nathaniel Mary Quinn, Frank Bowling, Lynette Yiadom-Boakye, Howardena Pindell, Bridget Riley, Toyin Ojih Odutola, Rosalind Nashashibi, Maggi Hambling, Huguette Caland, Tracey Emin, Grayson Perry and Rachel Whiteread. He has also profiled curators and museum directors such as Zoé Whitley (Chisenhale), Maria Balshaw (Tate) as well as writer Zadie Smith and photographers including Nadine Ijewere, Tyler Mitchell and Campbell Addy. In 2019, Enninful presented the Turner Prize, in an historic year where all four nominees won the prize.


Ghanaian-born Enninful began his career as fashion director of British youth culture magazine i-D at age 18, the youngest ever to have been named an editor at a major international fashion title. After moving to London with his parents and six siblings at a young age, Enninful was scouted as a model on the train at 16 and briefly modelled for Arena and i-D magazines including being shot by artist Wolfgang Tillmans.


Inspired by London’s club scene in the 1980s, Enninful’s work during this period captured the frenetic energy and creative zeitgeist of the time. It was also during this time that he befriended many of his future fashion collaborators, including Steven Meisel, David Smins, Pat McGrath, Craig McDean, Mario Sorrenti, Kate Moss and Naomi Campbell. 


For British Vogue, Enninful ’s covers have consistently featured strong women who promote messages of empowerment: Stella Tennant, Oprah Winfrey, Adwoa Aboah, Naomi Campbell, Rihanna, not to mention his September 2019 edition guest-edited by Meghan Markle HRH Duchess of Sussex, which featured 15 trailblazing female changemakers including Greta Thunberg and Jane Fonda on the cover.


Enninful was awarded an OBE for his services to diversity in the fashion industry, and in 2018 he received the Media Award in Honour of Eugenia Sheppard from the CFDA in recognition of his career-long contribution to the fashion industry.


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May 14, 2020
Amoako Boafo (QuarARTine special episode)
01:06:38

Russell & Robert meet leading artist Amoako Boafo. Best known for his contemporary portrait paintings, Boafo’s portraits are enticing in their lucidity, accentuating the figures in each work, who are regularly isolated on single colour backgrounds, their gaze the focal point of each work. Combing brushwork with finger painting, his use of paint is thick and gestural, the contours of the body’s almost soften into abstraction. The most well known of his series, the Black Diaspora portraits serve as a means of celebration of his identity and Blackness.


We discuss his recent residency & exhibition in Miami with the Rubell Family Collection Museum, learning to paint and sculpt at Ghanatta College of Art, Accra before studying at Academy of Fine Arts, Vienna where he began to experiment and develop his own style, the influence of Maria Lassnig and Egon Schiele, the inspiration he drew from Kerry James Marshall's 2012 solo show at Secession, painting portraits of Thelma Golden (Director & Chief Curator of Studio Museum, Harlem), the ideas behind his 'Detoxing Masculinity' exhibition, and why he helped set up the progressive and inclusive Viennese art space WE DEY, dedicated to amplify the art and culture production of Queer/Trans*/Inter/Black People/People of Colour.


In 2017 Boafo was awarded with the jury prize, Walter Koschatzky Art Prize and the 2019 STRABAG Artaward International. Widely collected by private and public collectors and institutions, most recently by CCS Bard College Hessel Museum of Art, The Albertina Museum Vienna, and the Rubell Museum.


Follow @AmoakoBoafo on Instagram. Boafo is represented by @RobertsProjects, Los Angeles and @MarianeIbrahimGallery, Chicago where he has a solo show in June 2020. For images of all artworks discussed in this episode visit @TalkArt. We've just joined Twitter too @TalkArtPodcast. If you've enjoyed this episode PLEASE leave us your feedback and maybe 5 stars if we're worthy in the Apple Podcast store. We love to hear your feedback!!!! Thank you for listening to Talk Art, we will be back very soon.

 

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May 11, 2020
Kevin Love and Jane Suitor (QuarARTine special episode)
00:48:29

Russell and Robert meet American basketball legend Kevin Love and leading British art advisor Jane Suitor. Love is best known for playing for the NBA's Cleveland Cavaliers. He is a five-time All-Star and won the 2016 NBA championship with the Cavaliers. Outside of sport, Love is a passionate art collector, closely advised by Suitor. Beginning his collecting journey in his late 20s, he has already built an impressive Blue Chip art collection including artists as varied as Ed Ruscha, Doug Aitken, Tracey Emin, Antony Gormley, Richard Prince, Rashid Johnson and many more.


We find out how Kevin & Jane first met in Los Angeles and began a fruitful working relationship, a helpful book Jane gifted Kevin 4 years ago, the inspiring trips they've made to artist studios, to art fairs like Frieze and to gallery & museum exhibitions in New York and LA. We discuss how Kevin's passion for film and the American Dream initially influenced his taste in art, his admiration for the timeless masterpieces of Jean-Michel Basquiat and his respect for George Condo's art combining the beautiful with the grotesque. Finally we explore Jane's advising career, working with philanthropist Janet de Botton who presented sixty works of art to Tate in the mid 90s, plus we discover Kevin's surprising family connection to iconic rock band The Beach Boys and how he set up his foundation The Kevin Love Fund to raise awareness for mental health issues and to provide tools for people's physical & emotional well-being.


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May 07, 2020
Jerry Saltz (QuarARTine special episode)
01:19:24

Russell and Robert meet legendary art critic and writer Jerry Saltz for a feature-length special QuarARTine episode, as critical times call for critical thinking!!!!


We discuss the future of art and the art world after coronavirus, what he remembers from the early 90s crash and his respect for how British artists responded and thrived. We find out why he wrote his new book 'How To Be An Artist', the decision to give up being an artist himself to drive trucks and limousines for over a decade, how he found his voice as an art critic for New York magazine and why his wife Roberta Smith is the greatest art critic of all! We explore his admiration for the work of artists like Kara Walker and Matthew Barney, a memorable trip to visit ancient cave paintings and why in Jerry's eyes art is for ANYONE!!!!


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May 04, 2020
Lisa Yuskavage (QuarARTine special episode)
01:24:24

Russell and Robert chat to legendary artist Lisa Yuskavage. Best-known for her groundbreaking, provocative figurative paintings, Lisa‘s images occupy a space between high and low; the sacred and the profane.


In this feature-length special episode, we discuss her journey to making the work she truly loved, combatting working-class guilt whilst studying at Yale (and her friendship with architectural artist Maya Lin), reading a Diane Arbus biography, how an Alice Neel documentary influenced her thinking on having a family, interrailing across Europe in the early 80s, discovering her voice as an artist leading to her breakthrough 1990s ‘Bad Babies’ exhibition. We discuss teaching, psychotherapy, her longterm friendship with artists Laurie Simmons & Carroll Dunham (and their awesome children Cyrus & Lena Dunham), rejection letters and her experiences in the gallery system, staying the course & self belief, her love of cinema (such as David Lynch's Blue Velvet), reading George Orwell's account of his prep school years, remembering her friend Jesse Murray an artist who passed away from AIDS-related pneumonia in 1993. Finally we learn about the challenges of making art during lockdown and explore the artworks she lives with at home including Philip Guston, Kara Walker, Neo Rauch and Matvey Levenstein.


Thank you to Lisa for her generosity and for sharing her experiences of art making! Follow @LisaYuskavageStudio on Instagram, and for images discussed in this episode visit @TalkArt, or @TalkArtPodcast on Twitter! Lisa is represented by @DavidZwirner. We strongly recommend visiting Lisa’s website www.yuskavage.com Thanks for listening!! If you've enjoyed this episode, do leave us a review at Apple Podcasts. We love to hear your feedback!

 

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Apr 30, 2020
Rózsa Farkas (QuarARTine special episode)
01:03:50

QuarARTine continues!! Russell & Robert chat with gallerist, writer and curator Rózsa Farkas. Founder and Director of Arcadia Missa, a gallery focusing on “contemporary art with intent” that “began as a self-organised space in austerity Britain”. Beginning in 2011 as a multi-platform Peckham project space, it evolved into a commercial gallery by 2014 and is now located in Soho, central London. The space has provided new aesthetic approaches and alternative organisational structures with a dynamic exhibition programme and extensive publication platform.


We discuss how to run a gallery during lockdown (including online publications and viewing rooms), the importance of peer-led programming/collaboration, self-publishing in the visual arts, performance art and how art can bring about social change. We discuss her artist roster including Penny Goring, Jesse Darling and Hannah Quinlan & Rosie Hastings, how to name a gallery and what we hope the future of the art world will look like. Plus, Rózsa reads one of Penny Goring’s poems which leads Russell to discuss late playwright Sarah Kane’s work and Rózsa introduces us to the art of British surrealist Ithell Colquhoun for the first time, the performance art of Hungarian artist Katalin Ladik and more recent works by emerging artist Rene Matić.


Learn more about Arcadia Missa’s exhibitions s well as their print & digital publications at their website: http://arcadiamissa.com/ Follow @ArcadiaMissa on Instagram and for more images visit @TalkArt and we are now on Twitter too @TalkArtPodcast. Thanks for listening!! If you've enjoyed this episode, do leave us a review at Apple Podcasts. We love to hear your feedback!

 

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Apr 27, 2020
Maria Balshaw CBE (QuarARTine special episode)
01:03:33

Russell and Robert chat to Maria Balshaw CBE, Director of Tate, a family of four art galleries in London, Liverpool and Cornwall known as Tate Modern, Tate Britain, Tate Liverpool and Tate St Ives. Balshaw is Tate’s first female Director.


We discuss the effect of the lockdown on Tate museums, filming guided tours for their website of the on-hold blockbuster Andy Warhol and Aubrey Beardsley exhibitions for the public to access during lockdown, the increased global usage of their website during the pandemic in particular as a resource for children's art education, her passion for gardening, the lasting influence of Derek Jarman (and his music videos for Pet Shop Boys), the great news that Jarman’s house ‘Prospect Cottage’ has been saved for the nation by Artfund’s campaign and some inspiring lessons learned from collaborating with artist Marina Abramović.


We learn of Maria's admiration for Steve McQueen's artwork and his recent epic portrait of London’s Year 3 school pupils (exhibited at Tate Britain), her love of Cornelia Parker's installation 'Cold Dark Matter' (which she first saw at Chisenhale gallery in 1991) and her longterm commitment to redressing the imbalance of representation for women artists, artists of colour and queer artists in museum collections and exhibition programmes. Recently a number of watercolours by Emmeline Pankhurst’s daughter Sylvia Pankhurst, best remembered as an activist/campaigner for the UK Suffragette movement, became part of Tate Collection. Finally we reminisce about Anne Imhof's now legendary live performance series at Tate's Tanks in 2019.


We explore her years working as Director of the Whitworth, University of Manchester and Manchester City Galleries, when she oversaw the £17 million transformation of the Whitworth, which was subsequently awarded the Art Fund Museum of the Year award for 2015. She was also Director of Culture for Manchester City Council from 2013-2017, played a leading role in establishing the city as a leading cultural centre for the UK. She is currently a Board Member of Arts Council England, the Clore Leadership Programme and Manchester International Festival. Maria was awarded a CBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours for services to the arts in June 2015.


Follow @MariaBalshaw on Instagram & @MBalshaw Twitter and @Tate on all social media platforms. Tate's website is: www.tate.org.uk For images of artworks discussed in this week's episode please visit @TalkArt and we are now on Twitter too @TalkArtPodcast. Thanks for listening!

 

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Apr 23, 2020
Jordan Casteel (QuarARTine special episode)
00:55:48

Russell and Robert meet leading artist Jordan Casteel who has rooted her practice in community engagement, painting from her own photographs of people she encounters. Posing her subjects within their natural environments, her nearly life-size portraits and cropped “subway” compositions chronicle personal observations of the human experience.


In February 2020, Casteel opened a major solo exhibition 'Within Reach', curated by Massimiliano Gioni, at the New Museum. Bringing together nearly forty paintings spanning her career, including works from her celebrated series Visible Man (2013–14) and Nights in Harlem (2017), along with recent portraits of her students at Rutgers University, where she is an Assistant Professor of Painting.


Special thanks to Jordan for this enlightening conversation and to Veronica Levitt & the team at Casey Kaplan Gallery in New York for invaluable assistance and support. Follow @JordanMCasteel on Instagram. Further images can be found @CaseyKaplanGallery, @NewMuseum and of course our own @TalkArt page. We are also on Twitter @TalkArtPodcast. Thanks for listening!!!! http://www.jordancasteel.com/

 

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Apr 20, 2020
Sir Elton John CBE (QuarARTine special episode)
00:46:20

Russell and Robert chat to music legend & flamboyant superstar Sir Elton John CBE from lockdown at his home in Los Angeles. We discuss art collecting, a lifelong obsession that began by collecting dinky toys and vinyl records during childhood, buying Man Ray posters at Athena when he first started songwriting with Bernie Taupin, why he started his photography collection in the early 1990s, what it was like to be photographed by Irving Penn, why he just missed out on getting his portrait taken by Robert Mapplethorpe, his friendships with contemporary artists such as Nathaniel Mary Quinn and Catherine Opie, his admiration for David Hockney, and why he & John Lennon once refused to answer the door to Andy Warhol!!! We discuss his love of glass, a preference for all-things analogue, his love of the Uffizi Gallery in Florence, staging the groundbreaking exhibition 'The Radical Eye' at Tate Modern (that included photographs from the 1920s to the 1950s) and his hopes to stage further exhibitions at the V&A (where a gallery was recently named after Elton and husband David Furnish). We also discover his lockdown passion for jigsaw puzzles, playing Snakes & Ladders with his kids, and joyful binge-watching TV shows such as Fleabag and Pose!


Follow @EltonJohn on Instagram, Elton's website is: https://www.eltonjohn.com

Please visit @EJAF for the Elton John AIDS Foundation and website: http://ejaf.org

For all images discussed in today’s episode visit @TalkArt and we are also on Twitter @TalkArtPodcast. Special thanks to Elton, David Furnish and the Rocket team for making this interview possible. Thanks for listening!!!

 

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Apr 16, 2020
Somaya Critchlow (QuarARTine special episode)
00:58:31

Russell and Robert meet British artist Somaya Critchlow whose figurative paintings of women explore facets of race, sex and culture. Working mostly on a small scale, her works depict bold, curvaceous and self-possessed female characters, of her own creation, that simultaneously combine and subvert the culture expectations of race, gender and power in the history of portraiture. They are self-reflective and personal, and at the same time commentary of the cultural, class and political dynamics of contemporary society.


We discuss the bringing together of pop culture influences including 'Love and Hip Hop', Cardi B, Lil' Kim, Nicki Minaj with artistic influences of Rubens, Renaissance masters and European miniatures. We explore her alienation from the art history she studied growing up and the lack of representation, tying in autobiographical references in her new works, her response to the death and problematic life of rapper XXXTentacion, the paintings of Lisa Yuskavage, Leonora Carrington, Leonor Fini, Lucy Stein, cartoonist Robert Crumb, architect Carlo Mollino and filmmaker David Lynch. We discuss the appeal of 1960s-70s style, kitsch, vintage erotica, life-drawing and the writing of Angela Carter including her feminist reappraisal of the Marquis de Sade’s books. We also chat about the more recent movement to openly discuss body image, sexuality and representation in the mainstream including writer/documentary maker Chidera Eggerue and Instagram community iWeigh.


Somaya’s forthcoming solo exhibition ‘Underneath a Bebop Moon’ will be at Maximillian William, London. Follow @SomayaCritchlow on Instagram or @Maximillian_William. https://maximillianwilliam.com/somaya-critchlow/


For all images discussed in today’s episode visit @TalkArt and we are also on Twitter @TalkArtPodcast. Thanks for listening!!!

 

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Apr 13, 2020
Billy Porter (QuarARTine special episode)
00:54:44

Ladies and Gentleman, the category is TALK ART!!!! Russell and Robert chat to superstar Billy Porter, the leading actor, singer, writer, fashion icon and star of award-winning TV show POSE. We chat about the lockdown closure of Broadway and New York's theatres, losing two friends to the Coronavirus pandemic, his appreciation for Lady Gaga, Erykah Badu, Boy George and Madonna, writing new music and a recent conversation with Salma Hayek that helped him realise that he makes & lives performance art! We explore his show-stopping red carpet outfits designed by Christian Siriano, Rick Owens and The Blonds (the fashion duo behind his iconic gold-winged look at the Met Gala 2019), we learn about his childhood singing in the church, discovering his muscular singing voice and his journey to winning both a Tony and a Grammy award for his lead role in Kinky Boots musical. Plus we hear all about the exciting beginnings of his art collection by discovering artists whilst travelling in Cuba, his admiration for the art of Kara Walker, Amy Sherald and Kehinde Wiley, painting diptych he commissioned inspired by his favourite play 'Angels in America', his passion for the Whitney Museum in New York and his love of European architecture including the Royal Academy in London and Gaudi's buildings in Barcelona. Follow @TheeBillyPorter on Instagram, you can watch POSE television series on BBC and FX, @PoseOnFX. For images discussed in this episode visit @TalkArt and we are also now on Twitter @TalkArtPodcast. Thanks for listening!!!

 

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Apr 09, 2020
Doron Langberg (QuarARTine special episode)
00:55:30

Russell and Robert meet artist Doron Langberg, an Israeli-born, Brooklyn-based painter. Langberg paints in the style of genre painting and portraiture, addressing issues of gender and sexuality creating a shared experience of love and desire through the surface and subjects of his paintings. Langberg paints large-scale portraits of family, close friends and lovers. These visualizations of queerness—both his own and those of the many queer subjects depicted—move beyond the traditional shorthand of signs and easily recognizable queer iconographies. Instead, Langberg contextualizes queer sexuality and intimacy within larger narratives of everyday life. Follow @DoronLangberg on Instagram and Yossi Milo Gallery @YossiMilo. For all images discussed today visit @TalkArt and check out our new Twitter is @TalkArtPodcast Thanks for listening!!!

 

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Apr 06, 2020
Rufus Wainwright (QuarARTine special episode)
00:53:15

Russell and Robert return for Season 5! Recorded primarily during quarantine lockdown, we’ve reached out to international creative guests from art, design, music, sport, fashion, TV and film. Every Tuesday & Friday (yes, twice a week!) we will bring you voices that inspire us and that we hope will inspire you too. These are unprecedented, scary, challenging and deeply sad times. We strongly believe in art and in its power to unify, to resonate, to bring hope through adversity, to offer encouragement but most of all to shine light in the darkest of moments.


For episode 1 of Talk Art's QuarARTine series, Russell and Robert chat with legendary singer/songwriter Rufus Wainwright from his home in Los Angeles.


We discuss his iconic song ‘The Art Teacher’, his love of Whistler and John Singer Sargent’s paintings, his childhood passion for making zines and his baroque alter ego Bella von Herzgold. We hear about the time Rufus met legendary artist Erté in late 1980s New York, the influence of Aubrey Beardsley, Mucha's posters and Art Nouveau. We explore the realist paintings of Andrew Wyeth, his husband Jorn’s love of art and friendships with curator Klaus Biesenbach & artist Marina Abramović, visiting the Venice Biennale, and living with artworks by Timothy Cummings, Jonathan Meese, Clementine Hunter, Robert Wilson and even an iconic Andy Warhol polaroid of Grace Jones! We explore the psychology behind composing & developing characters for his recent opera’s 'Prima Donna' and 'Hadrian' and he reminisces about a travelling exhibition of art from the Russian Hermitage museum that made a big impact in his youth and New York afternoons hanging out with performance icons Penny Arcade, Jack Smith and Quentin Crisp. 


Follow @RufusWainwright and be sure to watch Rufus' daily 'Quarantunes/Robe Recitals' live performances streaming free via his Instagram. Pre-order Rufus' new album 'Unfollow The Rules' out from 10th July 2020. Lead single 'Damsel in Distress' is available now with a stunning animated video created from Rufus' own drawings!! www.RufusWainwright.com For images of all artworks discussed in this episode, visit us @TalkArt on IG or @TalkArtPodcast on Twitter. Thanks for listening!

 

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Apr 02, 2020
Mark Gatiss
01:09:43

Robert & Russell meet Mark Gatiss, the influential British actor, screenwriter, director and novelist. We discuss Mark's recent BBC4 art documentary 'John Minton: The Lost Man of British Art', celebrating the life and work of the highly prolific and successful 20th century English artist whose work is now all but forgotten. A contemporary of Francis Bacon and Lucian Freud, Minton suffered psychological problems, self-medicated with alcohol, and in 1957 died by suicide. We chat in depth about Mark's forthcoming documentary on the life of illustrator Aubrey Beardsley, a peer of Oscar Wilde, whose black ink drawings revealed the grotesque, the decadent, and the erotic. We explore Mark's own passion for drawing and painting portraits, the psychology behind The League of Gentlemen, his admiration for Alan Bennett, and how he came to write the series of 8 monologues ‘Queers’ in response to the 50th anniversary of the Sexual Offences Act. This episode was recorded in early January 2020.


Follow @TalkArt on Instagram for images of all artworks discussed in this episode! Follow @MarkGatiss on Twitter, and check out @TalkArtPodcast, our new Twitter.


Thanks for listening to Season 4! We will be back NEXT WEEK with the all new Season 5 'Talk Art: QuarARTine' series, recorded remotely from the global lockdown.

 

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Mar 27, 2020
Alasdair McLellan
01:09:57

Russell & Robert meet leading British photographer Alasdair McLellan. World-renowned for his sensitive approach to photography across fashion, portraiture, landscape or documentary, his work embraces references high and low, classical and pop, and continues to reflect contemporary conversations around gender, sexuality and identity. McLellan’s photography has been exhibited at the ICA, Somerset House, National Portrait Gallery and Phillips. We discuss the British male nude, his recurrent photography of Yorkshire hometown Doncaster, a longterm collaboration with skateboarder/artist Blondey McCoy and striking front-cover portraits for The Gentlewoman of subjects as varied as Margaret Atwood, Beyoncé, Julia Davis, Vivienne Westwood and Björk. We explore his admiration for the photography of Tom Wood, Corinne Day, Herb Ritts and Nigel Shafran, the music & album sleeves of bands including The Smiths and Pet Shop Boys, and artists Mark Leckey, Wolfgang Tillmans, Gilbert & George and Jeremy Deller. We discuss shooting the album cover for Adele's iconic album '25', whilst Russell recalls the experience of being photographed himself by McLellan almost a decade ago... plus one of Russell's favourite subjects Joey Essex! In 2016/17 he directed three celebrated music videos for The xx. He has published numerous books including Ultimate Clothing Company (2013), Ceremony (2016), The Palace (2016) and Blondey 15-21 (2019).

 

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Mar 20, 2020
Princess Julia
01:00:10

Robert & Russell meet the one-and-only legend that is Princess Julia!!!! We discuss her endless creativity across different worlds of music, fashion and art, life-drawing and her weekly trip to ‘Sketch Sesh’, her friendship with DJ Jeffry Hinton, and how she started DJing herself at queer spaces in London. We find out what it’s like to be photographed by Wolfgang Tillmans, her memories of being the coat check girl at Blitz & Taboo nightclubs, Leigh Bowery, Boy George, Jordan (a Malcolm McLaren protégé who featured in Derek Jarman’s film Jubilee) and the long lasting influence & legacy of that era. We discuss being shy, her love for Old Master paintings, emerging artists like Richard Porter and Lydia Blakley, her passion for Fashion East, modelling for Kylie Minogue, our mutual admiration for Pet Shop Boys plus her favourite performance artists including David Hoyle, Justin Vivian Bond and Christeene!! Finally discover how Robert first met Julia almost 20 years ago at the early 2000s clubs Kashpoint, Nag Nag Nag and Electrogogo resulting in a duet for Rob’s then electropop-band Temposhark. Follow @HRHPrincessJulia on Instagram and @TalkArt for photos of artworks discussed in this episode!

 

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Mar 13, 2020
Ima-Abasi Okon
01:02:18

Russell & Robert meet British artist Ima-Abasi Okon. Ima's current solo exhibition is at VOID, Derry~Londonderry and runs until 25th April 2020. This episode was recorded in July 2019 during an earlier iteration of Ima's solo exhibition at Chisenhale Gallery, London. Ima works with sculpture, sound and video to produce installations that explore exhibition-making as an exercise in syntax, adopting linguistic and grammatical structures within her installations as a way of complicating the construction of knowledge.

 

For the VOID iteration of the commission, a series of industrial air conditioners are adapted to become hosts for a new multi-channel sound piece comprising an existing audio track that has been slowed down. Acting as both a cooling system for the gallery and as a vehicle for the sound work, the fans perform at various speeds and durations.

 

In another gallery the ceiling has been partially lowered using a standardised modular system, often found within offices, retail spaces, waiting rooms and other administrative environments. The mass-produced ceiling tiles have been smeared with an invisible mixture of morphine, insulin, ultrasound gel and gold, imbuing the otherwise everyday objects with a personal, totemic charge.

 

Hand-crafted glass light shades, each adorned with an opulent design and filled with palm oil and Courvoisier VS Cognac, hang from the ceiling. With the introduction of these liquids, the lights emit a golden glow, further highlighting an atmospheric friction between Okon's production processes, pointing to the possibilities of magic as a sculptural act. Okon's ongoing use of oriented strand board, painted with varnish and framed with 'exotic woods' further explore how value is assigned to a given object or material through its categorisation, modes of display and origin.

 

Ima-Abasi Okon is currently participating in the residency programme at Rijksakademie Academy for fine arts, Amsterdam. For more about Ima’s work please visit http://www.imaokon.co.uk or follow @i_a_okon. For exhibition images: @DerryVoid and @ChisenhaleGallery. Special thanks to Polly Staple & Ellen Greig at Chisenhale and Mary Cremin & Tansy Cowley at VOID. Finally, THANK YOU for listening! We love to hear your feedback. @talkart

 

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Mar 06, 2020
Louis Fratino
00:56:17

Russell and Robert meet American artist Louis Fratino in London! Drawing inspiration from personal experience and, more recently, photographic source material, Fratino makes paintings and drawings of the male body. His work includes portraits, nudes, and intimate scenes of male couples engaged in activities ranging from the mundane to the graphically sexual. The result is a body of work that is a loving and honest expression of the contemporary gay experience. With great attention to surface and color, features such as an earlobe, belly button, body hair, or the curves and planes of the body are accentuated and stylized in Fratino's work, complimenting the sensual appeal of his subject.


Born in 1993, in Annapolis, MD, Fratino received his BFA in Painting with concentration in Illustration from the Maryland Institute College of Art, Baltimore, MD in 2015. Recent exhibitions include Night and Day, Jeff Bailey Gallery, Hudson, NY (solo); Heirloom, Antoine Levi Gallery, Paris (solo); Youth and Beauty!, MAN Museo d’Arte Provincia di Nuoro, Nuoro, 2018 (group); and Matisse + Fratino, Cabinet Printemps, Düsseldorf, 2018 (group). He is a recipient of a Fulbright Research Fellowship in Painting, Berlin (2015-16) and a Yale Norfolk Painting Fellowship, Norfolk, CT in 2014. Fratino lives and works in Brooklyn, NY.


For more details on Louis' works, check out #LouisFratino hashtag on Instagram or visit his galleries @SikkemaJenkins (New York) or @AntoineLevi (Paris). If you've enjoyed this episode, be sure to leave us a review on Apple Podcasts or email talkartpodcast@gmail.com as we love hearing your feedback! @TalkArt

 

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Feb 28, 2020
KAWS (NYC special episode)
01:02:44

Talk Art NYC!!! Russell & Robert meet artist Brian Donnelly aka KAWS at his Brooklyn studio for a rare glimpse into the private world of one the world's most iconic creative figures. KAWS engages audiences far beyond the museums and galleries in which he regularly exhibits. His prolific body of influential work straddles the worlds of art and design to include paintings, murals, large-scale sculptures, street art, graphic and production design. Over the last two decades KAWS has built a successful career with work that consistently shows his formal agility as an artist, as well as his underlying wit, irreverence, and affection for our times. The nature of his work possesses a sophiticated humour and thoughtful interplay with consumer products and collaborations with global brands from DIOR (with Kim Jones), to his own, now dormant, streetwear label OriginalFake.


He often draws inspiration and appropriates from pop-culture animations to form a unique artistic vocabulary for his works across various mediums. Now admired for his larger-than-life sculptures and hardedge paintings that emphasize line and color, KAWS' cast of hybrid cartoon and human characters are perhaps the strongest examples of his exploration of humanity. KAWS has been exhibited at the Doha Fire Station Museum, National Gallery of Victoria Melbourne, Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit, High Museum of Art, Brooklyn Museum, Yorkshire Sculpture Park in England, the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, and the Yuz Museum in Shanghai, and the Yuz Museum in Shanghai.


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Feb 21, 2020
Tai Shani
01:10:16

Russell & Robert meet Tai Shani, multidisciplinary British artist and joint-winner of the Turner Prize 2019. Shani’s practice encompasses performance, film, photography and sculptural installations, frequently structured around experimental texts. She is currently a Tutor in Contemporary Art Practice at the Royal College of Art.


Taking inspiration from disparate histories, narratives and characters mined from forgotten sources, Shani creates dark, fantastical worlds, brimming with utopian potential. These deeply affective works often combine rich and complex monologues with arresting, saturated installations, manifesting equally disturbing and divine images in the mind of the viewer. 


We discuss her on-going "DC: projects", developed by the artist over a four-year period and culminating in her Turner Prize nomination. The work is made up of multiple characters which explore mythical and real women in an expanded adaptation of Christine de Pizan's 1405 pioneering proto-feminist book, The Book of the City of Ladies. Shani uses the structure of an allegorical city of women to explore ‘feminine’ subjectivity and experience, through a gothic/science-fiction lens. Adopting Pizans’ medieval conception of history, where historical events, fictions and myths are entwined, "DC: projects" draws upon a host of references, tropes and characters from disparate sources, creating an elaborate world, outside of time and beyond patriarchal limits. 


Follow @TaiShani on Instagram or visit www.TaiShani.com and for details of Tai's installation at Turner Prize 2019 visit @TurnerContemporary or @The_Tetley for Tai's earlier exhibition mentioned in this episode. If you've enjoyed this episode, be sure to leave us a review on Apple Podcasts or email talkartpodcast@gmail.com as we love hearing your feedback! @talkart

 

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Feb 14, 2020
Denzil Forrester
01:10:14

Robert & Russell meet legendary British artist Denzil Forrester. We discuss 40 years of painting, his childhood in Grenada, the impact of moving to London in 1967 aged 11, his memories of making drawings in London's dub & reggae nightclubs of the late 1970s-80s, his admiration for Jah Shaka's sound system and the drive to create paintings that documented the club scene he cherished. We learn about racially-motivated arrests of the time including Forrester's own unjust arrest as a student followed by the death of Winston Rose a few years later, a friend of Forrester’s who died while under police restraint. Forrester went on to pay tribute to Rose in a number of iconic paintings including 'Three Wicked Men' (1981), now part of Tate museum's collection, and in a recent large-scale public mural for Art on the Underground titled 'Brixton Blue' (2019). Reflective of the contemporary black experience and the racial tensions of the 1980s, the mural straddles Brixton station's entrance and depicts a Brixton street scene with the figures of a truncheon-wielding policeman, a Rastafarian ‘businessman’ holding a portable sound system and a besuited politician. We also hear how curator Matthew Higgs of White Columns, New York and fellow painter Peter Doig & TRAMPS gallery helped shine a spotlight on Forrester's paintings for a new generation.


Denzil Forrester's major solo exhibition 'Itchin & Scratchin' runs at Nottingham Contemporary until 3rd May 2020. This remarkable exhibition's wide ranging artworks roam from London to Rome and New York, from Jamaica to Cornwall. Pulsing with music and movement, these nocturnal scenes are by turns intimate and ecstatic, singular records of the Afro-Caribbean experience in Britain. Presented in partnership with Spike Island, Bristol, where it will travel to from 4 July to 6 September 2020. Follow @Nottm_Contemp and @SpikeIsland. Special thanks to @StephenFriedmanGallery's Karon Hepburn, Jonathan Horrocks and Tamsin Huxford. If you've enjoyed this episode, be sure to leave us a review on Apple Podcasts or email talkartpodcast@gmail.com as we love hearing your feedback! @talkart

 

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Feb 07, 2020
Tommaso Corvi-Mora
01:01:57

Robert and Russell meet leading gallerist & ceramicist Tommaso Corvi-Mora. We discuss growing up in Italy, moving to Germany for a pivotal first summer job working with Alighiero Boetti for a Bonner Kunstverein show, becoming a gallery assistant with Esther Shipper in Cologne, his early love of artist Joseph Beuys, and his longterm passion for the late Cuban-American artist Félix González-Torres. We explore collecting art, how he started his gallery in South London in the same building as Greengrassi (owned by his partner Cornelia Grassi), his representation of leading artists including Lynette Yiadom-Boakye, Dominique Gonzalez-Foerster, Alvaro Barrington, Jennifer Packer, Roger Hiorns and Adam Buick. Plus we learn about his own recent artistic career making ceramics, including a number of successful exhibitions curated by fashion designer Duro Olowu. See Tommaso’s new ceramics in Collect art fair at Somerset House with Made in Britaly. Plus he’s giving a ‘Lightning Talk’ at Collect on Saturday 29th February and will also be part of Camden Arts Centre’s ‘Ceramics Circle’ event on March 8th 2020. Follow @corvimora for the gallery’s Instagram and @tcmceramics for his ceramic work! If you've enjoyed this episode, be sure to leave us a review on Apple Podcasts or email talkartpodcast@gmail.com as we love hearing your feedback! @talkart

 

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Jan 31, 2020
Hannah Quinlan and Rosie Hastings
00:45:00

Russell and Robert meet artists Hannah Quinlan and Rosie Hastings. We explore the challenges & benefits of making art as a duo, letting go of your ego when collaborating, their decision to build their own @GayBar venue where they hosted one-off events over a 4 year period in their South London studio (complete with a bouncer, actual cocktail glasses and the occasional police raid!!!). We learn what it was like travelling around the country to make ‘UK Gay Bar Directory (UKGBD)’ (2015–16) a 5 hour video archive of LGBTQ social spaces. We discuss a ‘Gay Pride float’ they designed for Art Night (2019) in Walthamstow, their film ‘Something for the Boys’ (2018) and learn about an ongoing series of detailed drawings such as ‘The Sleepers’ (2019), their admiration for Michaelangelo, and the recent desire to create frescos. Their first institutional solo exhibition ‘In My Room’ brings together film, fresco painting and works on paper @FocalPointGallery, Southend, Essex from 16th February until 31st May 2020. Special thanks to Rózsa Farkas @ArcadiaMissa London and P·P·O·W @ppowgallery New York. If you've enjoyed this episode, be sure to leave us a review on Apple Podcasts or email talkartpodcast@gmail.com as we love hearing your feedback!

 

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Jan 24, 2020
Lawrence Abu Hamdan
01:09:54

Russell & Robert speak with Lawrence Abu Hamdan, an artist, audio investigator and recent Turner Prize joint-winner. Lawrence's work explores ‘the politics of listening’ and the role of sound and voice within the law and human rights. He creates audiovisual installations, lecture performances, audio archives, photography and text, translating in-depth research and investigative work into affective, spatial experiences. Abu Hamdan works with human rights organisations, such as Amnesty International and Defense for Children International, and with international prosecutors to help obtain aural testimonies for legal and historical investigations. He is a member of Forensic Architecture at Goldsmiths London where he received his PhD in 2017. We discuss linguistic "code-switching", making art that's accessible for everyone, the experience of being nominated for the Turner Prize (2019), why he created the work 'Earwitness Inventory' (2018) for Chisenhale, his admiration for the sound installations of Alvin Lucier, the influence of experimental DIY music scene in Leeds and what it was like growing up between Yorkshire and Jordan. Visit @TalkArt on Instagram for images of all artworks discussed in this episode, and follow @LawrenceAbuHamdan. This special episode was recorded by phone with the artist at home in Beirut and us in London. If you've enjoyed this episode, be sure to leave us a review on Apple Podcasts or email talkartpodcast@gmail.com as we love hearing your feedback!

 

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Jan 17, 2020
Grayson Perry CBE
00:55:20

Talk Art returns for Season 4!! Robert & Russell meet Grayson Perry CBE, the legendary English artist, Royal Academician, writer and broadcaster. Best known for his ceramic vases, tapestries and cross-dressing, as well as his observations of the contemporary arts scene, and for dissecting British "prejudices, fashions and foibles". We discuss Essex & the 'Cockney diaspora', the relationship between his collages & pots, transvestism, inviting fashion students at St Martin's to create dresses for his persona Claire, his admiration for fashion designers like Manish Arora & Alessandro Michele, iconic women like Countess Raine Spencer, why he enjoys making limited editions & multiples, his childhood teddy bear Alan Measles and a recent trip to USA to make a new documentary about the political & social divide. We find out about his marriage to Philippa Perry, why he loves cycling & collecting motorbikes, historical influences such as 15th century plates & pottery, Folk art, Outsider art, Islamic ceramics but also living artists he admires such as Mark Bradford and Jonas Wood, plus Grayson shares some advice for emerging artists. Visit @TalkArt on Instagram for images of all artworks discussed in this episode, and follow Grayson @AlanMeasles. Special thanks to Matt Carey-Williams and Kathy Stephenson @VictoriaMiroGallery. If you've enjoyed this episode, be sure to leave us a review on Apple Podcasts or email talkartpodcast@gmail.com as we love hearing your feedback!

 

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Jan 10, 2020
London Hughes (Live at London Podcast Festival)
01:07:27

It’s the holidays... and our gift to you is the gift of laughter!!! What better way to celebrate Christmas than to chat (and laugh lots) with our dear friend LONDON HUGHES??!! London is a pioneer, rebel and renaissance woman: stand-up comedian, presenter (Alan Carr was her early mentor), podcaster (Spotify's 'London Actually'), actor ('Fleabag') and now screenwriter with a forthcoming USA TV series for NBC (which she will star in too). Discover why her childhood nickname was ‘The Young Picasso’ and why her favourite Picasso paintings are ‘Weeping Woman’, and ’La Reve’. We discuss how she came to admire the paintings of Jackson Pollock, a painting ‘Sugar Shack’ by Ernie Barnes that her family had a print of in their household as she was growing up, we learn about her father's adoption by a white family in London and why London’s least favourite art form is photography. We discuss the art of comedy, Richard Pryor, Whoopi Goldberg, her friendship with Lenny Henry and discover many comedians also make art including Harry Hill & Noel Fielding and she introduces us to the work of pop sculptor Fred Allard and how she tried (and failed) to buy one of his sculptures. London explains why her favourite museum is the Peggy Guggenheim in Venice and her admiration for Peggy’s support of then-unknown artists!! This episode was recorded live at Kings Place for the London Podcast Festival, on Sunday 8th September 2019. Follow @thelondonhughes and visit @talkart for images of artworks discussed in this episode. Thanks for listening this year! Talk Art will return in January 2020 with Season 4.

 

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Dec 26, 2019
Joyce Pensato (NYC special episode)
00:42:15

This special episode of Talk Art is an interview with the late, great, legendary artist Joyce Pensato. Joyce was one of Russell & Robert’s favourite painters, who in recent years became a close friend to both. We were honoured to be invited by Joyce to visit her in New York on 28th May 2019 to record what became her last interview. We discuss growing up in Brooklyn, the encouragement of her father (an outsider artist who often made her toys), her love of German Expressionism in her teens but also Gauguin and Van Gogh, of whom she made a clay sculpture of which she would carry on the subway to show people. Joyce explains how Hollywood movies & pop culture had a lasting impact on her work, her love of Coney Island, meeting fellow painter Christopher Wool, painting with black & white enamel paint, how Christopher’s father Ira Wool became the first champion and collector of her paintings followed by exhibitions in Paris and further support from French collectors.


She discusses a recent sculpture inspired by Big Ang (the US mafia “Mob moll” and reality TV star), her love of the movie Rocky and how Sylvester Stallone began collecting her work, why she had a nickname of ‘The Eraser’, her beloved dog Charlie, her key 1970s mentors & painting teachers Mercedes Matter and Joan Mitchell, how Thea Westreich championed her work in the 80s, her love of the works of Georg Grosz, Edvard Munch and Francis Bacon.


We also chat with artist Elizabeth Ferry who ran Joyce’s studio for the past ten years and hear how they became known collectively as The Fizz & The Cucumber!!! Joyce set up the ‘Joyce Pensato Foundation’ to support future generations of young artists. For images of images discussed in this episode visit Instagram @talkart and @joycepensato. We love you Joyce! The Fizz is fizzing!!


“I feel like I’m in the painting. We are one. I totally love to be physical. It’s in me.” Joyce Pensato, 1941-2019.

 

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Dec 20, 2019
Haroon Mirza
01:19:56

Robert & Russell meet British artist Haroon Mirza, best known for installations that test the interplay and friction between sound, light waves and electric current. He devises sculptures, performances and immersive installations, such as The National Apavillion of Then and Now (2011) – an anechoic chamber with a circle of light that grows brighter in response to increasing drone, and completely dark when there is silence. An advocate of interference (in the sense of electro-acoustic or radio disruption), he creates situations that purposefully cross wires. He describes his role as a composer, manipulating electricity, a live, invisible and volatile phenomenon, to make it dance to a different tune and calling on instruments as varied as household electronics, vinyl and turntables, LEDs, furniture, video footage and existing artworks to behave differently. Processes are left exposed and sounds occupy space in an unruly way, testing codes of conduct and charging the atmosphere. Mirza asks us to reconsider the perceptual distinctions between noise, sound and music, and draws into question the categorisation of cultural forms. "All music is organised sound or organised noise," he says. "So as long as you’re organising acoustic material, it’s just the perception and the context that defines it as music or noise or sound or just a nuisance" (2013).


Mirza's major solo exhibition 'Waves and Forms' is at John Hansard Gallery, Southampton until 11th January 2020. The show highlights the artist’s ongoing exploration of waveforms: how they are perceived, the emotional and physical responses they create and the various ways in which we relate to them. 

 

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Dec 13, 2019
Jon Key (NYC special episode)
00:50:54

Talk Art New York!!!! Russell & Robert meet multidisciplinary artist Jon Key. Key is a queer black man originally from the small rural town Seale, Alabama now living and working in Bushwick, NY. A writer, designer and painter, his work excavates the lineage and history of his identity through four themes: Southerness, Blackness, Queerness, and Family. Through the process of writing, photography and painting, Jon’s work is portrayed graphically through four colours: Green, Black, Violet and Red. Respectively, these colours intertwine memory and intimate recounting of the four pillars grounding the work.


We discuss his breakthrough 2019 solo show at Rubber Factory, followed by the group show 'Punch' at Jeffrey Deitch NY curated by artist Nina Chanel Abney (who collects Jon's work), his twin Jarrett Key (@jar.key, also a painter & performance artist), why he frequently paints self portraits and making the series of work 'Man in the Violet Suit' as a response to the 2016 Orlando USA shooting at the Pulse queer nightclub. We discuss his graphic design work with @MorcosKey (with Wael Morcos) for brands such as Nike, MoMA, New York Times, and his love of artists including Klimt, Picasso’s blue paintings, Charles White, Romare Bearden's collages, art directing influential black queer LGBTQ lifestyle magazine 'The Tenth'. Jon is a co-founder and the design director of Codify Art, a Brooklyn-based multidisciplinary artist collective whose mission is to create, produce, and showcase work that foregrounds the voices of people of colour, highlighting women and queer people of colour.


You can see Jon’s paintings this weekend in Miami at Untitled Art Fair at Steven Turner LA's booth, running until 8th December .


Follow Jon on Instagram @jkey13 or visit his website https://www.jonkeyart.co to learn more. View images of all artworks discussed in this episode @talkart. If you enjoy listening to Talk Art, please leave us a review at Apple Podcasts or drop us a line talkartpodcast@gmail.com

 

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Dec 06, 2019
Helen Cammock (Live in London)
00:57:29

Talk Art Live in London! Russell & Robert meet British artist Helen Cammock, nominated for the Turner Prize 2019 and winner of the 2018 Max Mara Arts Prize for Women. This special episode was recorded live in front of a sold-out audience at Art Assembly in Walthamstow, organised by Art Fund and the National Art Pass. Learn more at: www.artfund.org/talkart


Helen Cammock works across film, photography, poetry, spoken word, song, printmaking and installation. We discuss 'The Long Note' (2018), her film that celebrates the involvement of women in the civil rights movement in Derry in 1968. Originally commissioned by Void Derry to coincide with the 50th anniversary of the first civil rights march in Derry, Northern Ireland.


Cammock produces works stemming from a deeply involved research process that explore the complexities of social histories. Central to her practice is the voice: the uncovering of marginalised voices within history, the question of who speaks on behalf of whom and on what terms, as well as how her own voice reflects in different ways on the stories explored in her work. Cammock’s practice is characterised by fragmented, non-linear narratives. Her work makes leaps between different places, times and contexts, forcing viewers to acknowledge complex global relations and the inextricable connection between the individual and society.


You can view Cammock's film 'The Long Note' and a room of screen prints as part of the Turner Prize exhibition at Turner Contemporary, Margate until January 12th 2020. Free entry! https://turnercontemporary.org/whats-on/turner-prize-2019/


Recorded live on stage at the Mirth, Marvel & Maud venue on Saturday 23rd November 2019, part of this awesome brand new one-day festival! Follow @ArtFund on Instagram and @TalkArt for images of all artworks discussed in this episode. Use #TalkArtPodcast and #ArtAssembly to tag us in your posts & stories from the day and we'll share our favourites!

 

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Nov 29, 2019
Caroline Coon
01:08:05

WARNING: this episode of Talk Art contains strong language! Russell & Robert meet legendary English artist Caroline Coon. We discuss 50 years of painting in Ladbroke Grove, feminism, her longterm political activism, the importance of being socially conscious, decriminalising sex work, growing up in Kent, punk rock, managing The Clash & writing for Melody Maker in the 1970s. We explore the influence of artist Pauline Boty who helped found British Pop art, and was the only female painter in the movement, inheriting Boty's paints after her early death at the age of 28, and we consider the lasting power of painting but also ceramics and artworks made by hand. Her first solo exhibition ‘Caroline Coon: The Great Offender' was held in 2018 at The Gallery Liverpool, followed by her current first solo London exhibition at TRAMPS (running until 22nd December 2019) curated by artist Peter Doig & curator Parinaz Magadassi. The works span the 1980’s to 2019, demonstrating how Coon, in her explicit social and political commentary, has made art that rebels against binary conceptions of gender and challenges orthodoxy in ways that are particularly relevant today. The exhibition travels to TRAMPS New York, in Spring 2020. Art historian Maria Elena Buszek, in her catalogue essay for the exhibition, writes: “Artist, writer and activist Caroline Coon is one of the towering ‘disappeared’ women of her generation; she was a catalyst and witness to some of the most critical moments of art, music, and politics, only to see her participation muted and marginalised, and her male contemporaries canonised.” Learn more at www.TrampsLtd.com and www.CarolineCoon.com Special thanks to Martin Green.

 

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Nov 22, 2019
David Dawson (on Lucian Freud)
00:59:57

Russell & Robert meet artist David Dawson for a private, after-hours tour of 'Lucian Freud: The Self-portraits', the breathtaking new exhibition he has curated at the Royal Academy of Arts, London. We discuss being assistant/head of studio for the last 20 years of Freud's life, Leigh Bowery, going to Taboo nightclub, Freud's early drawings and paintings inspired by surrealism, his grandfather Sigmund Freud and how Freud got all his information for his paintings from looking. We explore Freud's friendships with Francis Bacon and Frank Auerbach, what it's like to be a nude model for Freud's paintings - Dawson was subject in 7 paintings and 1 etching - and discover how Freud protected his own privacy and his unparalleled discipline of painting 7 days a week, every day of the year! We learn about David's own painting of urban landscapes and also his photography including timeless portraits of Freud. Follow David on Instagram @davidelidawson and see images of all artworks discussed in this episode @talkart. Special thanks to Alexandra Bradley at the RA @royalacademyarts.


We strongly recommend visiting this exhibition. 'Lucian Freud: The Self-portraits' runs until 26 January 2020 and is in the RA's smaller, Sackler Wing of galleries and they expect demand to be high. To ensure the best possible experience, all visitors (including Friends of RA) must book a timed ticket to see this show.


In a world first, more than 50 paintings, prints and drawings are brought together by this modern master of British art. One of the most celebrated portraitists of our time, Lucian Freud is also one of very few 20th century artists who portrayed themselves with such consistency. Spanning nearly seven decades, his self-portraits give a fascinating insight into both his psyche and his development as a painter – from his earliest portrait, painted in 1939, to his final one executed 64 years later. They trace the fascinating evolution from the linear graphic works of his early career to the fleshier, painterly style he became synonymous with.

 

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Nov 15, 2019
Sir Ian McKellen CBE
00:48:59

Russell & Robert meet iconic British actor Sir Ian McKellen CBE at his home in East London. We have a private tour of Ian’s art collection including stunning works by L.S. Lowry, David Hockney, Andrew Logan, textile artist John Allen and an Antony Gormley cast iron figure he chose to display in the River Thames at the end of his garden! We learn about Ian’s childhood in Bolton and how his father’s natural talent for art meant Ian chose a different way to express himself on stage and screen! However his own passion for art led him to buy a work to commemorate every part he’s played around the world and he even set up an artist residency in the house next-door. Ian remembers Andy Warhol taking his photo at The Factory in 1970s New York (& buying a screen print of Mick Jagger), being painted twice by his longterm friend David Hockney and why he sees the paintings of L.S. Lowry as stage sets. We also discuss the 20 portraits of Ian at the National Portrait Gallery collection by artists as varied as Cecil Beaton, Lord Snowdon, Mary McCartney, Trevor Leighton and Clive Smith who won the BP Award from the National Portrait Gallery and was given the commission to paint McKellen for their collection. Whilst, Christian Hook painted McKellen in the final episode of Portrait Artist of the Year on TV and won the prize also! Plus, find out which legendary Hollywood actor is also a secret painter - Ian owns not one, but two, of his colourful paintings!! ‘The Good Liar’ starring Sir Ian & Dame Helen Mirren (and our very own Russell Tovey!!) is out today in UK cinemas. Follow Ian on Instagram @IanMcKellen and the film at @GoodLiarMovie. If you enjoy this episode, please leave us a review at Apple Podcasts and visit @TalkArt for images of all artworks discussed in this episode.

 

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Nov 08, 2019
Alvaro Barrington & Teresa Farrell
01:10:34

Robert & Russell meet artists Teresa Farrell and Alvaro Barrington (Tt x AB) at their joint show at Emalin gallery, East London. Titled 'TALL BOYS & A DOUBLE ESPRESSO', the exhibition celebrates creative collaboration and the importance of friendships/conversation when making art. We discuss how the duo first met at Hunter college and the ways they continue to inspire, critique and challenge each other to grow as artists. We discuss being a contrarian, hosting live music, art performances and even dancing within the gallery context to build and expand community. We explore concepts within Alvaro's concurrent solo at Sadie Coles gallery, London 'GARVEY: SEX LOVE NURTURING FAMALAY' and how Teresa's advice helped Alvaro work out certain paintings for that exhibition. As well the extending future exhibitions at further galleries including Thaddaeus Ropac, Paris and Corvi Mora, London inspired by the writing of Marcus Garvey, Jean-Paul Sartre and Simone de Beauvoir. Special thanks to Emalin gallery's Leopold Thun and Angelina Volk @emalinofficial. For images of all artworks discussed in this episode, please visit @talkart on Instagram. Follow Teresa @tuh_nesta and Alvaro @alvarobarrington.

 

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Nov 01, 2019
Michael Stipe
01:19:41

Robert & Russell meet music icon Michael Stipe, best known as lead singer of R.E.M. We discuss his lifelong love of taking photographs (more than 37,000 so far), his childhood Nikon camera (a gift from his father), self-portraits, making sculptures, his friendship with Patti Smith, meeting members of the Beat Generation such as Allen Ginsberg & William Burroughs and why he dislikes his own handwriting. We explore his recent collaboration with Sam Taylor-Johnson on the video for his new solo single ‘Your Capricious Soul’ (which is also raising funds for charity Extinction Rebellion), his admiration for artist/poet John Giorno, British poet Edith Sitwell, photographers Robert Mapplethorpe and Wolfgang Tillmans, sculptors Bernini and Brancusi, meeting Andy Warhol (and buying one of Warhol’s Polaroid cameras), a moving story related to the play Angels in America, why German artist Hans Haacke is one of his greatest heroes and the last impact of his early Athens relationship with artist Jeremy Ayres.


Michael’s new book of photography ‘Our Interference Times: A Visual Record’ is available now. We also recommend his earlier book ‘Volume 1’ (both published by Damiani, 2019 & 2018). His first solo single ‘Your Capricious Soul’ can be downloaded as a bundle with video and artwork exclusively from MichaelStipe.com and you can follow his former band (and the 25th anniversary of their album Monster) on Instagram @rem

 

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Oct 24, 2019
Jamian Juliano-Villani (NYC special episode)
01:07:48

It's Talk Art's ONE YEAR ANNIVERSARY! Russell & Robert meet American painter Jamian Juliano-Villani in her Brooklyn studio to discuss topics as varied as being a noisy neighbour, Weezer's Green Album, an encyclopedic knowledge of both music & art history, watching Live Leak to stay tough, political correctness, a childhood growing up in her parents silk-screening factory printing merchandise for pop bands, her friendships with NYC artists Brian Belott, Billy Grant & Borna Sammak, her favourite artists including Mario Merz (and Arte Povera), Chilean painter Roberto Matta, Ivan Albright, Allen Jones, Walter Price and Ashley Bickerton, plus we explore her extensive & entertaining lists of potential topics for future paintings!!! Thanks to everyone who has been listening to Talk Art over the past year!! Visit Jamian at Instagram @psychojonkanoo and view images of artworks we discussed in this episode @talkart. Jamian is represented by JTT Gallery @jtt_nyc - check out our interview with JTT founder Jasmin Tsou from earlier this season! This episode was recorded in New York at the end of May 2019 while Jamian was finishing painting new works for recent solo show 'Let's Kill Nicole' for Massimo De Carlo Gallery, London.

 

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Oct 17, 2019
Kembra Pfahler
01:18:19

Russell & Robert meet legendary American performance artist and musician Kembra Pfahler. We discuss growing up in California, her early performance art installations in 1980s Lower East Side (including sleeping in a storefront window for The Extremist Show at ABC No Rio), the impact of the AIDS crisis and how forming her band The Voluptuous Horror of Karen Black helped transform her life. We chat about Availabism (a term coined by Kembra - making the best of what's available), Future Feminism, drawing, body paint, Punk rock, her respect for artists Karen Finley, David Wojnarowicz and experimental filmmaker Kenneth Anger, the poetry of Rainer Maria Rilke, collaborating with Lou Reed & Laurie Anderson, being taught by Mary Heilmann and Lorraine O'Grady, and the influence of her later relationship with art dealer Colin De Land. We hear about her recent teaching role at Columbia University, championing interdisciplinary art, her friendship with musician/artist Christeene, collaborating with Rick Owens for a show later this year at Centre Pompidou and working on a solo booth with Emalin gallery at Frieze London 2019. We love Kembra so much!!! Follow Kembra at Instagram @KembraPfahler_ and check out @TalkArt for images of artworks discussed in this episode.

 

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Oct 10, 2019
Vik Muniz (Live in London)
01:10:22

Talk Art Live in London, with Ruinart! Russell & Robert meet Vik Muniz, the superstar Brazilian artist best-known for his complex photography made with a diverse range of materials including sugar, toys, diamonds and even trash to recreate and interpret famous images, such as the 'Mona Lisa' (which he executed in peanut butter and jelly), or a Picasso (created entirely with raw paint pigment). Muniz taps into our collective memory of known and recognisable images and artworks. With a wry and canny combination of high and low, Muniz uses the photograph not in the traditional sense, as a recording of reality, but instead as a document of his illusion. Recorded live in front of an audience at Soho House Greek Street on 1st October 2019, we discuss his new Ruinart collaboration 'Shared Roots' on display this week at Frieze Art Fair in London. As well as looking back to his childhood dyslexia, drawing cartoon clouds in the Manhattan sky (using a modified crop-dusting plane) and his legendary 'Verso' series in which Muniz recreates the back panels of world famous paintings like Van Gogh’s 'Starry Night' or Vermeer’s 'The Girl with a Pearl Earring'. We discover why he decided to work with photography following a life-changing shooting which led to him moving to New York to become an artist. For more details please visit @ruinart #SharedRoots @vikmuniz @talkart at Instagram! www.ruinart.com

 

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Oct 03, 2019
Jasmin Tsou (NYC special episode)
01:05:34

Talk Art New York!!! Russell & Robert visit NYC to meet gallerist Jasmin Tsou (JTT Gallery). We discover why she set up her Lower East Side gallery in 2012, initially exhibiting her peers, but soon expanding her program to include emerging artists in a climate that she describes as ‘scary and intimidating.’ Tsou has a very collaborative approach: ongoing conversations with colleagues have shaped JTT’s program and remain at the heart of her activity as a gallerist. We explore the work of her artists Marlon Mullen, Diane Simpson, Issy Wood, Jamian Juliano-Villani & Borna Sammak. For more details visit www.jttnyc.com and view images of artworks discussed in this episode on our Instagram @talkart.

 

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Sep 26, 2019
Katherine Bernhardt (NYC special episode)
00:52:47

Talk Art NEW YORK!!! Russell & Robert meet painter Katherine Bernhardt in the BIG APPLE. We discuss her early paintings of ET, growing up in St Louis, a teenage exchange trip to Portugal & Morocco that led to a love of ceramics & berber rugs, before eventually moving to Chicago & New York to study art. We explore her love of Georgia O'Keeffe, Chris Ofili, Laura Owens, Stanley Whitney & Mary Heilmann, why she started to paint Pink Panther & Garfield, her recent experiences exhibiting in Tokyo, making tiles & plates in Guadalajara and why she chose to renovate a new painting studio in Puerto Rico. We discuss her large-scale murals, furniture-making, visiting legendary artist Louise Bourgeois at her studio, painting a portrait for rapper icon Drake and her friendship with artist Brian Belott. Plus listen to the first ever Talk Art karaoke!!! View more images at KB's Instagram @KBernhardt2014 and @TalkArt.

 

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Sep 19, 2019
Wong Ping
00:46:47

Russell & Robert meet artist Wong Ping at Camden Arts Centre, London for a special tour around his solo exhibition 'Heart Digger'. Wong Ping creates digital and sculptural works that reveal very human, often universal fantasies, through absurd narratives. Drawing from his own social encounters, he elaborates his stories into dark humorous tales that touch on political and cultural anxieties. Digitally rendered in a seductive technicolour language, they recall the modernism of Fernand Leger, the pop language of Tom Wesselman or Allen Jones, and the design aesthetic of The Memphis Group and early 1980s video games. These simple but seductive animations also disguise a deeper critique of technology.

Wong Ping is the inaugural recipient of Camden Art Centre’s new Emerging Artist Prize at Frieze (2018). The Prize was established in collaboration with Frieze Art Fair, as part of Camden Arts Centre’s commitment to nurturing and celebrating the most innovative artists of the moment, who have yet to receive the recognition their work deserves. The annual prize awards an artist exhibiting in the Focus section of Frieze London with an exhibition at Camden Art Centre.

 

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Sep 12, 2019
Hans-Ulrich Obrist
01:03:04

We're back! Talk Art Season 3!! Robert & Russell meet one of the world's most celebrated & iconic curators Hans-Ulrich Obrist. Best known for his groundbreaking work as Artistic Director of Serpentine Galleries, London, Obrist has curated shows by many of our favourite artists as wide-ranging as Rebecca Warren, Faith Ringgold, Lynette Yiadom-Boakye, Wolfgang Tillmans, Etel Adnan, Phyllida Barlow, Marina Abramović, Yoko Ono and many, many more. We discuss his childhood passion of reading books, an early exploration of curating and collecting art postcards, the impact of meeting Alighiero E Boetti in his mid teens and his first group exhibition (curated in his kitchen) with artists including Christian Boltanski and Fishli & Weiss. We discuss memory in art, the importance of listening, an ongoing exhibition ‘Do It’ started in 1993 that has since been realised in more than 160 museums across the world as well as the more recent 'It's Urgent' billboard international art poster project. We learn how he has been addressing the challenge of bringing art to as many people as possible (including a notable recent collaboration with Arthur Jafa) as well as his early interest of bringing together art & science, the legacy of curator Lucy Lippard, of caring for the environment and the importance of taking ecology to the centre stage.

 

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Sep 05, 2019
Raven Smith
00:39:59

Russell & Robert meet British Vogue columnist & writer Raven Smith. We discover his definition of an Art Bro, the crossover between art & fashion, wandering through the Venice Biennale 2019, seeing a live performance by Rose McGowan, getting caught up in another performance where Raven had to hold a broom handle, drawing David Hockney’s paintings aged 6, writing his first book ‘Trivial Pursuits’ in Berlin (a collection of irreverent essays on modern life to be published in 2020) and why he chose to travel recently to Egypt. Check out Raven's hilarious Instagram account @raven__smith. Thanks for listening! Series 2 has been SO fun to record. We will return very soon with Series 3. For all images and latest updates please visit instagram @talkart. You can buy tickets NOW for a special live Talk Art recording at Kings Place on Sunday 8th September 2019 for London Podcast Festival. Our guest will be AWESOME comedian London Hughes.

 

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Aug 22, 2019
Edinburgh Art Festival - Part 2
00:57:22

Part 2 of a very special Talk Art episode diving deep into Edinburgh's creative scene, in partnership with Bombay Sapphire. Celebrating a decade since Russell & Robert first met at the Scottish National Gallery, the duo return to Edinburgh to uncover hidden gems of the city's art festival through a series of conversations with leading artists, curators and gallerists.


Part 2:

  • Kate Gray - COLLECTIVE GALLERY
  • Sorcha Carey - EDINBURGH ART FESTIVAL
  • Stuart Fallon - TALBOT RICE GALLERY


"Edinburgh's creative and cultural scene is completely unique," says Russell Tovey. "Robert and I couldn't wait to go back - especially having first met there ten years ago - to discover more about the city off the beaten track through the eyes of its artists and creatives."

"We hope it inspires people to tap into their own creativity and discover the creative possibilities that Edinburgh has to offer," adds Robert.


Recorded and released during the city's busiest cultural month, the collaboration was inspired by Discover The Possibilities Within, a new campaign which aims to aims to awaken the creative spirit in everyone. Please download a special map of our Edinburgh highlights from instagram @BombaySapphireUK and visit @TalkArt for images of all artworks discussed in this episode.

 

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Aug 20, 2019
Edinburgh Art Festival - Part 1
00:50:12

Part 1 of a very special Talk Art episode diving deep into Edinburgh's creative scene, in partnership with Bombay Sapphire. Celebrating a decade since Russell & Robert first met at the Scottish National Gallery, the duo return to Edinburgh to uncover hidden gems of the city's art festival through a series of conversations with leading artists, curators and gallerists.


Part 1:

  • Claire Feeley, JUPITER ARTLAND
  • Laura Simpson & Lesley Young, EDINBURGH SCULPTURE WORKSHOP
  • Adam Benmahklouf - Artist, Educator and Art Editor of THE SKINNY


"Edinburgh's creative and cultural scene is completely unique," says Russell, "Robert and I couldn't wait to go back - especially having first met there ten years ago - to discover more about the city off the beaten track through the eyes of its artists and creatives."

"We hope it inspires people to tap into their own creativity and discover the creative possibilities that Edinburgh has to offer" adds Robert.


Recorded and released during the city's busiest cultural month, the collaboration was inspired by Discover The Possibilities Within, a new campaign which aims to aims to awaken the creative spirit in everyone. Please download a special map of our Edinburgh highlights from instagram @BombaySapphireUK and visit @TalkArt for images of all artworks discussed in this episode. Part 2 will be released very soon!

 

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Aug 16, 2019
Lena Dunham
01:31:12

Russell & Robert meet superstar actress, writer, director & keen watercolourist Lena Dunham in her London hotel room for a feature-length Talk Art exclusive! We discuss painting ‘en plein air’ & embracing nature in Wales this Summer, what it was like growing up as daughter of two legendary artists Laurie Simmons & Carroll Dunham and remembering New York as a child during the 1980s AIDS crisis. We learn about Lena’s favourite artists including Lisa Yuskavage, Ellen Birkenblit, Lee Krasner, Kim Gordon (Sonic Youth) & Lucy Jones, her childhood admiration for John Waters, Steve Martin and teen crush on Leonardo DiCaprio, working with Brad Pitt in the new Tarantino movie, her friendship with Hollywood icon Demi Moore and why she recently got new tattoos of her parent's and sibling Cyrus' names. Lena reveals her admiration for Madonna's latest album, obsession with recent British TV series Love Island, TOWIE star Gemma Collins, pop band S Club 7 and describes a recent visit to Derek Jarman’s house in Dungeoness. Note to EVERYONE everywhere - please don’t call Lena "M’Lady".... a more preferable nickname is "Lena D"!!!!

 

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Aug 08, 2019
John Booth
01:00:01

Russell & Robert meet London–based artist, illustrator, ceramicist and textile designer John Booth. Best-known for his graphic works featuring multi–layered collages of textures and colours, Booth draws inspiration from artists including Karel Appel and Betty Woodman as well as from retro children’s playgrounds and postmodern Italian designers.


Born in Scotland in 1984 and raised in Cumbria, Booth moved to London in 2004, where he graduated with a BA in fashion print design at Central Saint Martins in 2009. He has since taught as a lecturer both at Central Saint Martins as well as at the University of Westminster. Booth has worked for several fashion brands including Zandra Rhodes, John Galliano, Ashish, Christopher Shannon, Lou Dalton and most recently, Globetrotter and FENDI.

 

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Aug 01, 2019
Deborah Frances-White (Live at Latitude Festival)
00:50:28

Talk Art's LIVE PREMIERE recorded at the Latitude Festival on Sunday 21st July 2019. Russell & Robert meet Deborah Frances-White, the iconic comedian and Guilty Feminist herself. We discuss growing up in Australia, studying at Oxford University, collecting art, feminism and creativity. We mention the Help Refugees charity in this episode. To learn more please visit: www.helprefugees.org


Special thanks to the Festival Republic team, in particular Kirsty Victoria Taylor, for inviting us to perform at Latitude. Big thanks to Deborah for being our first ever live guest and for the very entertaining yet deeply profound interview.


If you enjoyed this live episode, Talk Art returns to the stage on Sunday 8th September 2019 for the London Podcast Festival in Kings Cross. Tickets are on sale now from Kings Place www.kingsplace.co.uk

 

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Jul 25, 2019
Jamie Hawkesworth
01:03:01

Russell & Robert meet leading documentary and fashion photographer Jamie Hawkesworth. We discuss Milton Avery, forensic photography, the power of natural light, a dedication to analogue cameras, taking Kate Moss’ portrait in India and documenting landscapes of Antarctica. We learn about Jamie’s early project 'Preston Bus Station' and explore his later collaborations with JW Anderson for Loewe and exhibitions at The Hepworth Wakefield and Huis Marseille, Amsterdam; the latter showing a mix of his personal as well as his commercial photography. Jamie reveals his admiration for photographers William Christenberry, Jem Southam & William Eggleston and for land artist Michael Heizer - who invited Jamie to take his portrait in the Nevada desert at Heizer’s mythical, monumental, as-yet-unseen 'City' (an ongoing land artwork that began in 1972 and will finally be publicly opened in 2020).

 

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Jul 18, 2019
Rose Wylie
00:57:48

Russell & Robert meet painter Rose Wylie, one of their all-time art heroes, at her Kent home-studio where she’s painting for a New York solo show opening later this year at David Zwirner. We discuss the impact of film on her painting including Gus Van Sant, why the early paintings of Cezanne are the greatest, painting people she respects such as Serena & Venus Williams, alchmey bottles, helping frogs cross the road, wild roses and letting your garden grow free. We learn about her longterm working relationship with Jari Lager & Union Gallery (now Choi & Lager) and her respect for artists such as Tal R, Alida Cervantes, Sam Doyle, Faith Ringgold, Kerry James Marhsall, Neo Rauch, David Hockney and Katherine Bernhardt.

 

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Jul 11, 2019
Raimund Berthold
01:06:30

Russell & Robert meet Austrian-born fashion designer Raimund Berthold. A graduate of Central St Martins, Raimund spent four years working with leading fashion houses in London & New York including Alexander McQueen & Vivienne Westwood before launching BERTHOLD in 2009, the London-based gender-neutral eponymous clothing brand for the makers and shapers of culture. We discuss what it's like growing up in a ski resort, how art influences his collections, the joy of collecting, and living with, art. We learn about Raimund’s favourite artists including Wolfgang Tillmans, Isa Genzken, Rebecca Warren, Magali Reus, Phyllida Barlow, Sarah Lucas, Klara Lidén, Jordan Wolfson and more. Plus in an exciting, unexpected turn, Raimund turns the tables on Rob & Russ and interviews them with 4 special questions at the end of the episode! 

 

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Jul 04, 2019
Janet Street-Porter CBE
00:52:21

Robert & Russell meet broadcasting legend Janet Street-Porter CBE at her home in East London. We discuss reading & self improvement, comic strip art, her godmother who was a big influence in her teenage years, French cinema & the films of Jean Cocteau, her favourite composers including JS Bach and Philip Glass as well as a memorable Gustav Metzger performance that she saw whilst studying at the Architectural Association. We learn about Janet’s favourite art including Jake & Dinos Chapman’s Goya-inspired etchings, Pop Art, Joe Tilson, Allen Jones, Richard Hamilton, Michael Craig-Martin, Grayson Perry, Patrick Caulfield, Jim Dine, Ed Rusha, Hamish Fulton, Gary Hume and H.C. Westermann. We also view a previously-unseen series of 6 portraits of Janet painted by Damien Hirst.

 

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Jun 27, 2019
Billy Childish
01:02:02

Robert & Russell meet legendary painter, musician and poet Billy Childish. We discuss white suits, Dada, a Kurt Schwitters-inspired tattoo, punk rock, Van Gogh and why he got expelled from studying at Saint Martins in 1980. We find out about his friendship with Peter Doig, relationship with Tracey Emin, his breakthrough exhibitions with curator Matthew Higgs at not-for-profit art space White Columns (New York) & the ICA (London) and how he started to work with leading Berlin gallery Neugerriemschneider. Billy’s solo exhibition of new paintings at Carl Freedman Gallery, Margate runs until 25th August 2019, free entry. For images of Billy's paintings, please visit Instagram: @carlfreedmangallery and @talkart

 

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Jun 20, 2019
John Stezaker
00:36:33

Robert & Russell meet British artist John Stezaker. World-renowned for his collages, we discover how he chooses his source material - typically old film stills, vintage postcards, or Hollywood headshots. In a world saturated by images, Stezaker's manipulations create space both physically and metaphorically for alternative interpretations, for exploring the seams and fissures of the visual world.

 

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Jun 13, 2019
Zoe Bedeaux
01:12:10

Talk Art returns! To kick off Season 2, Russell & Robert meet Zoe Bedeaux, the multi-disciplinary artist, poet, super-stylist and creative shapeshifter. We discuss harlequins, Picasso, Irving Penn and Louise Nevelson. Whilst learning about Zoe's collaborations with iconic image makers Judy Blame, Ray Petri and more recently leading photographers Juergen Teller and Tim Walker. You can view Zoe's film work 'From The Mouth of Babes Speak I' at Somerset House in London as part of a major new exhibition 'Get Up, Stand Up Now' until 15th September 2019. The show celebrates the past 50 years of Black creativity in Britain and beyond. @zoebedeaux @talkart

 

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Jun 06, 2019
Zawe Ashton
01:04:13

Welcome to the final episode of Season 1! Robert & Russell meet leading actress, writer & director Zawe Ashton, author of new book 'Character Breakdown' and who initially came to prominence as Vod in Channel 4's Fresh Meat. We discuss Zawe's recent leading film role in art-world satire Velvet Buzzsaw (in which she starred alongside Renee Russo & Jake Gyllenhaal). We learn about artworks that Zawe has connected with over the years including photographer Deana Lawson, Andreas Gursky and Kerry James Marshall, what she learned by interviewing legendary American performance artist Lorraine O’Grady for the Tate, and we discover why she researched the art of Tracey Emin while building her art dealer character for current stage performance in Harold Pinter's Betrayal on London's West End (which will soon travel to Broadway, New York). Thank you for listening to Season 1. We will be back soon with more exciting interviews. Please message us at Instagram @talkart and let us know which episode you loved most from the first series. Thanks for listening. Art for everyone!!

 

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May 23, 2019
Phyllida Barlow CBE
00:59:55

Robert & Russell meet British sculptor Phyllida Barlow CBE at the Royal Academy of Arts for an hour-long private tour of her current solo exhibition 'cul-de-sac'. World-renowned for using materials such as plaster, cardboard, scrim and cement, which turn the conventions of traditional sculpture on its head. We discuss her best-known works including the Tate Britain Commission 2014, and her installation for the 2017 Venice Biennale British Pavilion, where she represented the UK.

Listen in as we experience entirely new sculptures by the artist in the RA's Gabrielle Jungels-Winkler Galleries. Towering above like seemingly precarious structures, these giant site-specific works both test and take inspiration from the gallery’s architecture. In the form of a “cul-de-sac”, with only one way in and out, it gives visitors the freedom to find their way between them.

Alongside her own work, Barlow had a long career as a fine art teacher, including Professor of Fine Art and Director of Undergraduate Studies at the Slade until 2009, and Chelsea College of Art and Design before that. She was elected as a Royal Academician in 2011 and was also part of last year’s Selection Committee for the 250th Summer Exhibition. Barlow is represented by Hauser & Wirth.

 

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May 16, 2019
Luke Evans
01:01:28

Russell & Robert meet leading actor Luke Evans, star of Beauty and the Beast, The Hobbit, Girl on the Train and Dracula Untold. We discuss collecting art while he's filming in different locations around the world, his friendship with iconic artist duo Gilbert & George, learning to draw in charcoal for his leading role in The Alienist and fond memories of growing up in Aberbargoed, in the south of Wales. We find out what Luke thought of recent exhibitions in London by Martin Parr and Phyllida Barlow, whilst learning how he was invited by Grayson Perry to be on the committee for this year's Royal Academy's Summer Exhibition. For more on Luke, follow his instagram: @thereallukeevans Don’t forget to leave us a review at Apple if you enjoy this new episode!

 

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May 09, 2019
Zadie XA
01:01:13

Russell & Robert meet Zadie XA, a Korean-Canadian artist with a strong focus on 'making', combining and exploring her own identity through film and performance, textiles and painting. We discover more about her technicolour universe including an upcoming performance at the Venice Biennale 2019, a mutual love of dogs (especially Rocky), shamanism, hip hop and performative style, the Yin/Yang symbol, ‘crits’ at art school and what it was like being an international student at Royal College of Art and so much more! Art Night, London’s nocturnal contemporary art festival have commissioned a new performance by Zadie in Walthamstow (the Mayor’s first London Borough of Culture) on the evening of 22 June 2019. More details: www.zadiexa.com or at Instagram: @ZadieXA. Don’t forget to leave us a review at Apple if you enjoy this new episode!

 

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May 02, 2019
David Shrigley OBE
01:07:20

Robert & Russell meet David Shrigley OBE, one of the UK’s most loved and respected artists whose hilarious and disturbing doodles, sculptures and anecdotes depict the world as an absurd place. We discuss wide-ranging topics such as worms, tattoos, Dada, taxidermy, making art books and being nominated for the Turner Prize. Whilst further exploring art as therapy, living in Brighton, songwriting, drawing dogs and what it’s like to have internationally recognised handwriting. Plus discover what David's wrestling name would be, if he were a champion wrestler!! Please leave us a review and rating if you’ve enjoyed this episode! For images of all works discussed in this episode, visit our Instagram @TalkArt 

 

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Apr 25, 2019
Gavin Turk
00:58:58

Robert & Russell meet leading artist Gavin Turk. They discuss tailored suits, artist persona, veganism and a lifetime interest in the surreal form of an egg. We explore Turk's iconic early works including four antiqued mirror cubes in 'Robert Morris Untitled 1965-72' (1990) and the iconic 'Cave' (1991) an ‘historical blue plaque’ to commemorate work done by the artist during his time at the Royal College of Art, as well as a 'Tea Stain' (2004) edition that Russell gifted to Robert on his 30th birthday. This episode is released on the same day as Turk unveils a giant new bronze sculpture 'Oeuvre (Verdigris)' at Somerset House, in London on the River Walk. In association with Photo London, the artist is simultaneously inviting the global art community to upload and contribute their own ‘Portrait of An Egg’ to be exhibited at the fair. With spooky synchronicity this years social media phenomena has been ’The World Record Egg’ so this ambitious art collaboration is opening up ideas around social media, memes and the global obsession with recording the world photographically through our phones. You can submit your egg images until early May at https://www.gavinturkegg.art/ Happy Easter holidays everyone, egg-citing times! Please leave us a review and rating if you’ve enjoyed this episode! For images of all works discussed in this episode, visit our Instagram @TalkArt 

 

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Apr 18, 2019
Victoria Pomery OBE
00:37:45

Russell & Robert get the high-speed train to Margate to meet Victoria Pomery OBE, Director of Turner Contemporary. We explore her journey to plan, build & open the museum designed by architect Sir David Chipperfield, which has had over 3 million visitors since 2011 becoming an attraction of national and international importance. We discuss swimming in the sea before work, the incredible light in this seaside town, how art can give people hope and the inspirational history of JMW Turner who lived in Margate in the 1800s and painted more than 100 works, including some of his most famous seascapes, inspired by the East Kent coast. Please leave us a review and rating if you’ve enjoyed this episode! For images of all works discussed in this episode, visit our Instagram @TalkArt 

 

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Apr 11, 2019
Ryan Gander OBE
00:56:50

Russell & Robert chat to leading conceptual artist Ryan Gander OBE. We explore artist persona, designing a kitchen sink, family ties, the soul of objects and why his art has been so commercially successful in Japan. Ryan reveals how a limited edition Rolex watch transformed into an artwork, why he worked with glow-in-the-dark concrete, the importance of empathy and why we should all ‘let the world take a turn'. For images of works discussed in this episode, visit our Instagram @TalkArt. Ryan’s new BBC Four documentary ‘Me, My Selfie and I’ is available to view on iPlayer until mid April 2019. Please leave us a review and rating if you’ve enjoyed this episode!

 

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Apr 04, 2019
Tracey Emin CBE
01:07:57

Robert & Russell meet Tracey Emin CBE, one of the world’s most respected, successful and controversial artists. During an hour-long private tour of her current solo exhibition ‘A Fortnight of Tears’, we explore her mother’s recent death, grief, everlasting love, the supernatural, insomnia and abortion. Tracey reveals that nature is one of her biggest influences and how working in a small South of France studio enabled the artist to wholeheartedly and triumphantly return to painting. Learn more about her longterm connection to the work of Edvard Munch, her return to her childhood hometown of Margate and why, surprisingly, she doesn’t keep a diary. For images of all works discussed in this episode, visit our Instagram @TalkArt Please leave us a review and rating if you’ve enjoyed this episode!

 

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Mar 29, 2019
Sadie Coles
00:46:13

Robert & Russell meet gallerist Sadie Coles, one of the world’s most respected and successful art dealers. Discover why she set up her gallery in London after managing Jeff Koons’ studio in New York in the mid 1990s; how she first discovered the work of Sarah Lucas and John Currin; the skill of representing new artists on the primary market and the importance of taking a longterm view. We discuss feminism and equality in the workplace and why it's good to be collegiate. Finally we explore childhood trips to visit Tutankhamun at the British Museum, a memorable performance by mime artist/choreographer Lindsay Kemp and a pivotal Nancy Grossman exhibition.

 

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Mar 22, 2019
Martin Creed
01:00:57

Robert & Russell meet legendary artist and ‘poet of the everyday’ Martin Creed (and his dog Jimmy). Find out why this Turner Prize winner doesn’t read reviews of his own work, who his favourite comedians are and how music has informed his art. We delve deep into Creed’s creative output spanning more than 30 years. From a giant kinetic sculpture with the word MOTHERS lit up in neon, a live performance where athletes run through the Tate as fast as they can, to a more recent handmade textile work: a multicoloured neck-warmer (worn by the artist during this very interview).

 

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Mar 15, 2019
Louisa Buck
00:50:02

Robert & Russell chat with leading British art critic and author Louisa Buck, columnist for the Art Newspaper and a judge of the Turner Prize in 2005. They explore how the art world has evolved since the 1980s and 90s, discover which artwork Grayson Perry made as a commission to commemorate the birth of Louisa's daughter as well as revealing the best, and very worst, interviews she's conducted. Happy International Women's Day!

 

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Mar 07, 2019
Sarah Hadland and Laura Aikman
00:53:37

We celebrate the holidays with two dear friends, the actresses Sarah Hadland and Laura Aikman (both stars of The Job Lot comedy sitcom with Russell). Topics include Olafur Eliasson’s melting ice installation highlighting climate change, Yayoi Kusama’s infinity mirrored room, the paintings of LS Lowry, Beryl Cook, Picasso and Ed Ruscha. Plus we discover which guest once pole danced for Madonna! Happy Christmas everyone. We will return in Spring 2019 with a weekly season. Love Russell and Robert X

 

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Dec 27, 2018
Pedro Pascal
01:00:02

Russell & Robert talk with leading actor Pedro Pascal, star of Narcos, Game of Thrones and forthcoming Star Wars 'The Mandalorian'. They discuss his favourite artist, a classic painting on display at Museum of Modern Art that offered Pedro comfort when he moved to New York in the mid 1990s, as well as his more recent art experiences at Tate Modern and Frieze Art Fair whilst filming in London for his latest movie Wonder Woman 1984.

 

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Nov 23, 2018
Sir Michael Craig-Martin CBE
01:05:51

Russell & Robert talk with leading artist Sir Michael Craig-Martin CBE exploring 50 years of art-making. From his early 1960s work as a conceptual artist culminating in the seminal ‘An Oak Tree’ (1973) through to more recent decades as an internationally-renowned painter, sculptor and printmaker as well as his influential role as a teacher to two generations of Young British Artists at Goldsmiths.

 

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Nov 08, 2018
Introducing Talk Art
00:39:25

Welcome to Talk Art! Actor Russell Tovey and gallerist Robert Diament discuss how they first became friends a decade ago, plus more recent adventures at Frieze Art Fair, the Turner Prize, South London Gallery and other exhibition highlights in London, as well as Robert's gallery relocating to the seaside town of Margate, Kent.

 

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Oct 19, 2018