Talk Art

Russell Tovey and Robert Diament

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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Russell & Robert meet artists Jim Partridge and Liz Walmsley, who have worked together designing and making furniture and other functional woodwork for over 30 years. The scope of their work ranges from the small and domestic to monumental outdoor pieces. By the time the partnership began Jim had already established a reputation for his vessels and small scale furniture.Initially they worked on outdoor projects, building public seats, footbridges, and shelters.  They have always said that their intention was to make “work with a strong but quiet presence in the landscape”.  This statement remains true, even though they have broadened that landscape to include built environments.  Projects include an altar for Christ Church Cathedral in Oxford, seats for Compton Verney Art Gallery, RHS Wisley and Warwick University, furniture for Ruthin Crafts Centre, a bridge in North Wales and the large Ridgeons seat in CB1 Cambridge and, more recently a series of work for the Harley Gallery at Welbeck, Nottinghamshire which involved a redesign of the reception area, seating for inside and outside the new gallery to house the Portland collection, and outdoor cafe furniture.Alongside their site-specific commissioned work their studio furniture, much of which is carved from blocks of green oak, often scorched and polished to a lustrous black finish, regularly appears in exhibitions and is in public collections across the world, including the V&A in London, the Fitzwilliam Museum in Cambridge and Manchester Art Gallery.  The work has twice been shortlisted for the Jerwood Furniture prize. In 2019 their work was selected as one of 29 finalists from a field of over 2,500 international entries for the Loewe Craft Prize and exhibited in Tokyo, Japan. More information at Loewe Craft prize 2019This autumn there is work in the 'Signature in Wood' exhibition at the Sarah Myerscough Fine Art gallery and in the 'On the Table' exhibition at Oxford Ceramics Gallery.'On The Table' exhibition runs 22nd December 2021 at Oxford Ceramics Gallery. Follows @OxfordCeramicsGallery and their official website is: www.oxfordceramics.comJim and Liz's website is at: www.jplw.co.uk"Jim Partridge and Liz Walmsley treat wood in a way it deserves, not with a finely turned perfection, but with a strong sense of the material’s true vigour, retaining that elemental simplicity you find in lengths of raw timber, and in the essential life of the grain. Their various sculptural bowls (Partridge’s individual work), seats, benches and bridges are not only bold pieces of concentrated form, but carry a semblance of ritual, a sense of directness and simplicity found too in tribal or early European artefacts. But the language is confidently modern, the work as at home with contemporary architecture as in the broader British landscape from which it springs and with which it so skilfully merges. Born in Leeds in 1953, Partridge attended the John Makepeace School at Parnham House. For many years Jim and Liz have been based in Shropshire." (Bio written by David Whiting).  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

Dec 3

1 hr 10 min

Russell and Robert meet British artist Charmaine Watkiss to explore the themes and inspirations behind her first solo exhibition at Tiwani Contemporary in London. The Seed Keepers (2021) is a new series of drawings that fuse Watkiss' interests in botany, herbalism, ecology, history, and Afrofuturism. Researching the medicinal and psychical capabilities of plants, Watkiss has personified a matrilineal pantheon of plant warriors safeguarding and facilitating cross-generational knowledge and empowerment. The show consists of a body of entirely new works on paper and explores the use of full colour - a first for Watkiss. The drawings of women in luminal spaces along with her ‘plant warriors’ have a mystical quality which exist outside our linear time and space. The natural world is at the forefront of most of our imaginations right now; and this show explores narratives around ancient plant knowledge and its relationship to women of African descent. Charmaine Watkiss’ practice addresses themes including diaspora, ritual, tradition, ancestry, and cosmology. In the past, she has explored the usage of blue stemming from her research into the long history of indigo including its production on the plantations of colonial America and Caribbean and sacred use in ancient African cultures, particularly with reference to the funerary rites, spiritual beliefs, and cosmologies of West African and ancient Egyptian cultures. She draws connections between ancient tradition, knowledge, and our lives - asking what role ritual and its practice plays in contemporary experience.  Charmaine Watkiss lives and works in London. She holds a MA in Drawing, from UAL Wimbledon College of Art (2018). Recent exhibitions include RA Summer Exhibition, Royal Academy of Arts, London (2021); To the Edge of Time, KU Leuven Libraries, Belgium (2021); Breakfast Under The Tree, Carl Freedman Gallery, Margate (2021); Me, Myself and I, Collyer Bristow Gallery (2020); Trinity Buoy Wharf Drawing Prize (2019), Wimbledon College of Art MA Degree Show (2018); Against Static (Curated by Tania Kovats), Wimbledon Space (2018).Follow @MsWatkiss on Instagram and her website https://charmainewatkiss.com/ Visit the gallery on Instagram too at @TiwaniContemporary. Charmaine's new exhibition 'The Seed Keepers' runs til 5th December 2021. View images at Tiwani Contemporary's official website: https://www.tiwani.co.uk/exhibitions/64-charmaine-watkiss-the-seed-keepers/overview/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  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

Nov 26

1 hr 9 min

TALK ART LIVE in London!!! Join the inimitable hosts of Talk Art, Robert Diament and Russell Tovey for a live podcast recording as they interview Kate Bryan.Kate Bryan is Global Head of Collections at Soho House and author of a new book about artists that died too young, 'Bright Stars'. Recorded at Soho House White City in front of a sold out live audience, they cover big names such as Vincent Van Gogh, Jean Michel Basquiat and shine a light on lesser known talents like Khadija Saye, Paula Modersohn Becker and Amrita Sher Gil.In 'Bright Stars', Kate Bryan examines the lives and legacies of 30 great artists who died too young, celebrating their inspirational stories and extraordinary talent. Some of the world’s greatest and most-loved artists died under the age of forty. But how did they turn relatively short careers into such long legacies? What drove them to create, against all the odds? And how can we use these stories to re-evaluate artists lost to the shadows, or whose legacies are not yet secured? Most artists have decades to hone their craft, win over the critics and forge their reputation, but that’s not the case for the artists in this book. Art heavyweights Vincent van Gogh and Jean-Michel Basquiat have been mythologised, with their early deaths playing a key role in their posthumous fame. Others, such as Aubrey Beardsley and Noah Davis, were driven to create, knowing their time was limited. For some, premature death, compounded by gender and racial injustice, meant being left out of the history books – as was the case with Amrita Sher-Gil, Charlotte Salomon and Pauline Boty, now championed by Kate Bryan in this important re-appraisal. And, as Caravaggio and Vermeer’s stories show us, it can take centuries for forgotten artists to be given the recognition they truly deserve.  With each artist comes a unique and often surprising story about how lives full of talent and tragedy were turned into brilliant legacies that still influence and inspire us today. This is a celebration of talent so great it shines on. Beautifully illustrated by Anna Higgie with portraits of the artists, as well as reproductions of some of their most famous works, this important and timely work makes a crucial contribution to our understanding of the lives of some of the most talented artists throughout history.Kate Bryan is an arts broadcaster, curator, mentor and writer. She is Head of Collections for Soho House & Co. globally and has written and presented television programmes for Sky Arts, Sky Arte Italia, BBC Two and BBC Four. She is a judge on the annual Sky Arts competition programmes Portrait Artist of the Year and Landscape Artist of the Year, and the author of The Art of Love (White Lion Publishing, 2019).Follow @KateBryan_Art on Instagram and visit her official website at https://katebryanart.com/ Buy Kate's new book 'Bright Stars' from this link, OUT NOW! Buy 'Talk Art Book' from this link, also OUT NOW!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...  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

Nov 19

1 hr 35 min

RADIOHEAD x Talk Art EXCLUSIVE EPISODE! Russell and Robert meet Thom Yorke and Stanley Donwood at the Standard Hotel in London to discuss 30 years of friendship and their ongoing, longterm artistic collaboration. Initially meeting at Exeter University, Donwood has created the cover art for Radiohead’s ground-breaking albums since The Bends in 1996. Six of his paintings from the album sleeves were recently on display at Christie’s headquarters in London, alongside drawings, lyrics and digital art curated by the artists.We explore Radiohead's forthcoming release KID A MNESIA EXHIBITION: an upside-down digital/analogue universe created from original artwork by Thom Yorke and Stanley Donwood and sound design by Nigel Godrich to commemorate 21 years of Radiohead’s Kid A and Amnesiac albums. KID A MNESIA EXHIBITION will be available beginning November 18th as a FREE download for PlayStation 5 (HERE), PC and Mac at EPIC GAMES STORE. A trailer is now live at: https://youtu.be/AOinMjQ9jo8PLUS! Buy their new hardback book "Kid A Mnesia: A Book of Radiohead Artwork" at Waterstones (click here). A celebration of the process and artwork created for the Radiohead albums Kid A and Amnesiac. Whilst these records were being conceived, rehearsed, recorded and produced, Thom Yorke and Stanley Donwood made hundreds of images. These ranged from obsessive, insomniac scrawls in biro to six-foot-square painted canvases, from scissors-and-glue collages to immense digital landscapes. They utilised every medium they could find, from sticks and knives to the emerging digital technologies. The work chronicles their obsessions at the time: minotaurs, genocide, maps, globalisation, monsters, pylons, dams, volcanoes, locusts, lightning, helicopters, Hiroshima, show homes and ring roads. What emerges is a deeply strange portrait of the years at the commencement of this century. A time that seems an age ago - but so much remains the same.Follow @Radiohead, @ThomYorke, @StanleyDonwood on Instagram. Special thanks to @TheStandardLondon. This episode was recorded live at the Library Lounge Sound Studio in The Standard, London in October 2021.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  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

Nov 12

1 hr 30 min

New Talk Art!! Russell & Robert meet artist Louise Giovanelli at Workplace Gallery in central London. Giovanelli makes intense, luminous, paintings that refer both to art history and contemporary mechanics of viewing and consuming imagery. Cropped and isolated images gleaned from historical painting are repeated and restated, dislocated from their origin and repositioned within a rhizomatic sequence of works. Giovanelli employs a layering technique to build works that simultaneously composite multiple modes of representation and painterly lexicons of flatness, translucence, abstraction and realism.  Emphasised by underpainting revealed beneath and below the image; and finished with gestural glyph-like inscriptions on top of the illusionistic surface, Giovanelli’s works flit restlessly through a multiplicity of painterly strategies bringing together interruptions, false starts, and obfuscation into a corrupted yet beautiful polyphonic totality.  Louise Giovanelli was born in London in 1993 and lives and works in Manchester UK. She completed her BA in Fine Art at Manchester School of Art in 2015, and she recently studied at Städelschule in Frankfurt Am Main, Germany under Amy Sillman. Her work was recently featured in The Anomie Review of Contemporary British Painting published by Anomie Press. Recent solo exhibitions include Aerial Silk, Grimm, New York; Manchester Art Gallery and A Throw to the Side, Warrington Museum and Art Gallery; Slow to Respond, Touchstones Gallery, Rochdale; From Here to Here, Part 1 & 2, The Grundy Gallery, Blackpool. Giovanelli’s work is in numerous museum collections including: The University of Salford Art Collection; The Grundy Gallery Collection; Manchester Art Gallery Collection; Warrington Museum and Art Gallery Collection; Touchstones Gallery Collection; and Private Collections in UK, USA, Canada, China, Slovakia, Germany, and Italy.Follow @Louise___Giovanelli on Instagram and her galleries Grimm and Workplace. Special thanks to Workplace for letting us record in the gallery! Also, we recommend visiting the Hayward Gallery to see 'Mixing It Up' which runs until 12th December 2021, a group exhibition featuring Louise's recent works. Learn more here: https://www.southbankcentre.co.uk/whats-on/art-exhibitions/mixing-it-painting-todayFor 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  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

Nov 5

1 hr 8 min

New Talk Art!!! This special episode was recorded during Frieze week in London!!! We are proud to collaborate again with BMW to bring you a conversation with leading artist Madeline Hollander to celebrate the world premier of her work 'Sunset/Sunrise'. We also meet with Victoria Siddall, Global Director of Frieze, to explore this extraordinary art commission and the BMW Open Work series which has run for the past 5 years!!! BMW Open Work by Frieze draws inspiration from BMW engineering the project brings together art, technology and design in pioneering multi-platform formats. The artist selected by curator Attilia Fattori Franchini to create the latest edition of BMW Open Work by Frieze is the Los Angeles-based Madeline Hollander, who introduced the commission through an interactive digital platform and livery intervention on BMW i3 electric vehicles during Frieze Week 2020, and then in 2021 presented a live, site-specific installation in the BMW Lounge at Frieze London.Working with performance, film and installation, Hollander explores how the human body in motion negotiates its limits within everyday systems of technology and engineering, industrial apparatus, intellectual property and daily rituals. Her performances and installations present perpetually looping events that intervene within spatial, psychological and temporal landscapes, and engage with novel modes of viewership. Titled “Sunrise/Sunset” the project continues the artist's recent research into traffic patterns and working without human actors to depict unseen systems or processes. Emerging from an inspiring dialogue with the department responsible for sustainability at BMW Group and investigation into the automatic adaptive system of BMW headlights, Hollander created for Frieze London 2021, a site-specific, and self-sufficient, live installation composed of one hundred recycled BMW LED headlights from the BMW Group Recycling and Dismantling Centre. Thus, the artist developed an energetic loop, a networked map choreographed by the sunsets and sunrises across the globe. Fascinated by the responsive nature of headlights technology which reacts to a number of factors such as movement, light and weather conditions, the artist synced each headlight to different time zones creating a live and ceaseless global clock. In Hollander’s work our apparently erratic individual actions and everyday technologies synchronically align, becoming a collective, and in this case cascading-dance. The installation is accompanied by an original score created for the occasion by the composer Celia Hollander.Follow @MCHollander on Instagram and learn more from her gallery Bortolami in Nw York (click here).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…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  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

Nov 2

1 hr 9 min

SEASON 11 begins!!!! Russell & Robert meet legendary musician Nick Rhodes, the founding member of the iconic pop rock band Duran Duran.We discuss Pop Art and Roy Lichtenstein, his early trips to New York where he first met Andy Warhol, Jean-Michel Basquiat, Keith Haring, Debbie Harry and Francesco Clemente, his admiration for Picabia, Warhol, the 17th Century Baroque period, and classical art such as De Ribera and Caravaggio. We explore working with numerous artists for Duran Duran including David Lynch on a live concert film and notably Patrick Nagel for the Rio (1982) album sleeve, collecting art that began when he was aged 17 with his first Dali print, his thoughts on NFTs and his friendships with leading contemporary artists like KAWS and Katherine Bernhardt, buying a Picasso on an Amex card and his experiences visiting art fairs like Frieze!We hear his memories of Mr Chow's legendary restaurant with Grace Jones, Warhol and many iconic creatives, staying at La Colombe d'Or art hotel in France and the brand new Duran Duran album sleeve which he worked on with Japanese photographer Daisuke Yokota. We discover his passion for photography and Polaroids, the differences between analogue vs digital, his fascination with mythology, astronomy, numerology and science which has influenced his new 'Astronomia' project with Wendy Bevan. Finally we chat about his friendship with the late Duggie Fields and his numerous visits to his favourite Ikon gallery in Birmingham.Duran Duran have sold over 100 million records, had 18 American hit singles, 21 UK Top 20 tunes and continue to perform to huge concert audiences around the world since the band first formed in 1980. Consistently fusing art, technology, fashion and a signature sense of style with their unique and infectious brand of music, singer Simon Le Bon, keyboardist Nick Rhodes, bassist John Taylor and drummer Roger Taylor have proven themselves timeless, always innovating and reinventing, to remain ahead of the curve.'Astronomia' is a collaboration between the artists Nick Rhodes and Wendy Bevan. It is a creative collision of analogue synthesizers, violins, voices and orchestral arrangements fueled by their shared attraction to the Universe. 'The Fall of Saturn'; is the first of four albums in the Astronomia project, first released back in March 20, 2021, followed by three further releases, on the equinoxes and solstices for the remainder of the year. Each individual piece is a sonic painting, a tapestry of rich textures and haunting melodies forming soundscapes with an otherworldly atmosphere. Looking to the transcendent beauty of the skies, this genre defying debut album explores the fluidity of human emotions.Follow @AstronomiaVolumes and @DuranDuran on Instagram! Duran Duran's new hit album 'Future Past', and 'Astronomia: The Fall Of Saturn', Nick Rhodes' incredible new collaboration with Wendy Bevan, are both OUT NOW from all good record stores and available to stream online! Visit https://duranduran.com/ and learn more about 'Astronomia' records here: https://duranduran.com/2021/astronomia-by-nick-rhodes-wendy-bevan/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 See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

Oct 28

1 hr 4 min

Russell & Robert meet artist Lubna Chowdhary to visit two of her installations in East London. The first is a public artwork at 100 Liverpool Street titled 'Interstice' and the second a new solo exhibition 'Erratics' at PEER Gallery on Hoxton Street. Chowdhary (b.1964, Tanzania) is highly acclaimed for her ceramic works, which subvert the traditional context and utility of the medium to address a longstanding preoccupation with urbanisation and material culture. Her sculptural practice has evolved from a sustained fascination with the fusion of binary cultural and artistic influences.Her newly produced work for PEER, including wall-, floor- and plinth-based pieces also traverse material, application, and process. A range of ceramic pieces – multi-part panels and arranged Tableaux – combine industrial manufacturing technology such as water-jet cutting with highly developed hand-applied glaze techniques. These colourful and exquisitely executed works are presented alongside a selection of small, hand-built un-glazed sculptures. Chowdhary will also exhibit work in a range of new materials, which she has more recently started to work with. Three large wooden sculptures have been developed, which combine CNC (Computerised Numerical Control) with traditional craft skills, while two other works have been created in situ from easily obtainable and inexpensive industrial components and materials.The three wooden sculptures will sit on the gallery floor and give the appearance of functionality. They are in part derived from Chowdhary’s research into colonial period furniture in the Victoria and Albert Museum collection carried out during her ceramic fellowship residency there in 2017. She was fascinated by the hybridity and subtle code switching of British Victorian or Edwardian domestic structures and styles as interpreted by locally employed craftsmen at the time. This ease of cultural use and misuse is echoed elsewhere in Chowdhary’s work. These sculptures are fabricated using both traditional woodworking skills and state-of the-art CNC production. As with the ceramic works, this combination of technology with manual process achieves a balance between beautiful and imperfect created by master craftspeople.Acquired cultural references from her western art school education such as a preoccupation with modernist serial modularity that often regarded excessive ornament as a crime, are mixed together with her personal cultural references as an Asian Muslim born in Tanzania who moved to England in the early 1970s. In Chowdhary’s work both influences are ever-present in a push-and-pull dialogue that finds a fluent sense of resolution without being programmatic. A modernist purity of form duets seamlessly with a desire for exuberant colour and ornamentation.Chowdhary’s work has often been incorporated within architectural schemes for both public and private building projects and at different scales. The aperture between PEER’s two gallery spaces has become the site for a strident sculptural intervention whose composition references Islamic architectural decoration on the one hand and geometric minimal or neo-geo painting on the other. The material she has employed is silver, foil-backed pipe insulation, easily purchased at any plumbers merchants. Elsewhere in the gallery, she has created a wall-based sculpture using only nails and rope from a chandlers.These works have evolved from experiments carried out during a three-month IASPIS residency in Stockholm that began in February 2020 but was curtailed after a few weeks. Without access to a ceramics studio, she became drawn to working in new ways with simple, modular materials found general hardware stores or trade suppliers, which offered the opportunity to focus on many of the core preoccupations of her practice.The title of this exhibition at PEER, Erratics, refers to large rocks or boulders that have been displaced from their original geological context through...  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

Oct 22

1 hr 52 min

Russell and Robert meet art critic Louisa Buck to discuss the history and scandals of Cork Street Galleries in London. For this special Frieze London episode, we also celebrate two outdoor site-specific installations as part of its contemporary programme. We explore the evolution of exhibitions on Cork Street between 1925-2021, starting with the Mayor Gallery. We discuss the Surrealists, Peggy Guggenheim, Max Ernst, Claude Cahun, Sheila Legge, Dali's Lobster telephone, Méret Oppenheim's fur tea cup and much, much more!We recommend visiting Gina Fischli's Ravenous and Predatory (2021), the first artist commissioned for the Cork Street Banners public art commission. Cork Street also has its first AR exhibition Electronic Hydra Prelude, curated by Daniel Birnbaum which features AR works by Julie Curtiss, Koo Jeong A and Precious Okoyomon. Plus a new work by Tomás Saraceno is also on view.Visit http://CorkStGalleries.com to discover more about this history of Cork Street as well as current exhibitions! Follow Louisa Buck on her new Instagram @Louisa.Buck.1For 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  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

Oct 19

46 min 25 sec

New Talk Art!!! It's Frieze week in London and we are proud to collaborate again with BMW to bring you a special episode with leading choreographer Wayne McGregor and art group Random International to celebrate the world premiere of “No One is an Island”. We also meet with Superblue's Mollie Dent-Brocklehurst and BMW's Hedwig Solis Weinstein to explore this extraordinary art commission!!! Random International, Studio Wayne McGregor, Superblue and BMW i share a passion for pushing boundaries and exploring new territories. All are moved by similar questions about how future generations will interact with automated and digitised processes and environments whilst embracing reduction and sustainability.No One is an Island is fuelled by science and explores electrified movement steered by advanced algorithms. It is a future-oriented reflection on how the human mind empathises with artificial intelligence and automated processes. The performance comprises sculptural, performative and musical elements. The centrepiece is a sculpture that experiments with the minimal amount of information that is actually necessary for an animated form to be recognised as human; and the fundamental impact created by subtle changes within that information. In its transition from robot to human likeness, the sculpture is accompanied by a live performance with dancers of Company Wayne McGregor who interact with the kinetics, further exploring the relationship between humans and technology and our capacity to empathise with a machine. The interventions of the dancers scored by Chihei Hatakeyama add a performative dimension to the sculpture, re-translating and celebrating the connection between human and mechanical movement.“What I find inspiring about the partnership with Random International, Superblue, BMW i and myself is that we all come together from different knowledge sets, but convene in areas of shared interest. We are all fascinated by the potential of the human body, its relationship with and to technology but most importantly our desire to generate empathetic connections between people. This is a dialogue of inter-connectedness, exploration and surprise. We have no pre-determined road map – instead, we feed from one another’s expertise and ideas to push ourselves towards new horizons” – Wayne McGregor"No One Is An Island" will be available to the public for viewing at Frieze London until 16th October, with daily performances at 3.00pm, 3:30pm, 4.00pm, 4.30pm, 5.30pm, 6.00pm and 6.30pm. The location is Park Village Studios, 1 Park Village E, London NW1 7PX. Register for your timed ticket slot at this link: https://emt.bmw-arts-design.com/exhibition-random-international?partner=mSSgv4ANIzFollow @StudioWayneMcGregor and @RandomInternational on Instagram.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…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  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

Oct 15

1 hr 8 min

Russell and Robert meet artist Rosanne Robertson on the eve of their new exhibition 'Subterrane' at Maximilian William gallery in London. The Cornwall based artist works in sculpture, photography, drawing and performance to explore the boundaries of the human body and its environment. Capturing moments, schisms and shifts, their work often explores negative natural spaces to create expanded representations of the figure. Their first solo exhibition has just opened coinciding with Frieze London art fair.We discuss Robertson’s ongoing body of work titled Stone (Butch) which explores the terrain of the Queer body in the landscape. The term ‘stone butch’ is taken from the lesbian and trans activist Leslie Feinberg’s 1993 novel Stone Butch Blues in which the oppression of lesbian, trans, butch and femme identities is laid bare. Through an interest in terrain, Robertson elucidates upon Feinberg’s metaphoric ‘raincoat layer,’ the layer which protects the body from hostile external forces.The sculptural articulations of Stone (Butch) are created by plaster casting directly in crevices in natural rock formations at Godrevy Point, St Ives Bay, Cornwall and The Bridestones, West Yorkshire. The ‘sculptural void’ makes physical a negative space created by the power of the sea and air. The sculptures embody a space that is shifting and fluid, reclaiming a natural space for Queer and Butch identity from a history of being deemed ‘against nature’. Robertson sees the natural stone formations as queer forms and changing bodies that are not set in stone, but revealed to us over a long period of time, as fluid structures shaped by water and erosion. Queer bodies which are as fluid as the water that shapes them and as plural as the grains of sand that erode them.Rosanne Robertson (they/them) (b. Sunderland 1984) is a contemporary artist based in West Cornwall. They obtained their BA in Fine Art from the Manchester School of Art in 2010. In June 2021, Robertson unveiled their first public sculpture, commissioned for the 10th edition of Sculpture in the City and installed at London’s iconic Gherkin skyscraper until Spring 2022. To coincide with this unveiling, Robertson will perform Stone (Butch): Undercurrents in Nocturnal Creatures, a contemporary art festival programmed by the Whitechapel Gallery and Sculpture in the City. Their second public sculpture – commissioned by Sunderland Council as a legacy to the 700 women who worked in Sunderland’s shipyards – will be unveiled later this year. Their work and writing are featured in Breaking the Mould: Sculpture by Women Since 1945, (London: Hayward Gallery Publishing, 2020) which was published on the occasion of the eponymous Arts Council Collection exhibition. Robertson will present their first solo exhibition at Maximillian William, London in October 2021, during the same month, they will exhibit in the group exhibition Seen at the Newlyn Art Gallery & The Exchange, Cornwall. While Associate Artist during the 2019 Yorkshire Sculpture International, Robertson presented a solo display, Stone (Butch), at The Hepworth Wakefield, Wakefield, 2019 and exhibited in the group exhibition Associated Matter at the Yorkshire Sculpture Park, Yorkshire, 2019. Works by Robertson...  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

Oct 14

59 min 2 sec

Russell and Robert meet legendary American gallerist John Ollman on the 50th anniversary of his career in the art world. As Co-Founder and Director of Fleisher/Ollman gallery, John has paved the way for collectors and museums to support Self-Taught artists. For more than 5 decades, his Philadelphia gallery features work by contemporary artists working both inside and outside of the mainstream.We discuss the lasting influence of Joseph Duveen and Leo Castelli on many gallerists, the psychology of Collecting, the art of Topiary, beginning to work with Janet Fleisher gallery in the early 1970s on a memorable Oceanic Art exhibition. We discuss his championing Self-Taught artists works. We discuss the terminologies created for self-taught artists such as Outsider, Outlier, Visionary and Folk Art. We discuss numerous artists including Sister Gertrude Morgan’s paintings, meeting Lee Godie whilst she was painting outside a Neimann Marcus store, working with Bill Traylor’s work since 1981, James Castle, William Edmondson, the Chicago Imagists, Pauline Simon, the curator Lynne Cook's exhibitions, Martn Ramírez (considered as a 'self-taught master'), Howard Finster’s Paradise Garden, the game-changing exhibition ‘Magicians de la Terre’ which ran across the entire city of Paris in 1989, including Hilma af Klint introducing mainstream audiences to spiritualism within painting. Finally, we explore contemporary artists such as Marlon Mullen and how he discovered the work of the Philadelphia Wire Man in 1985 and the adventures introducing the world to this undiscovered artist's extraordinary sculptures. We also explore the importance of books as a way to discovering artists and artworks plus how collecting art and museum collections have evolved over the past 50 years.Visit @FleisherOllman on Instagram as well as the exhibitions from earlier this year @JTT_NYC and @AdamsAndOllmanView the 'Dear John' show archive page at Adams and Ollman in Portland: https://adamsandollman.com/Dear-JohnView the 'Dear John' show archive page at JTT gallery in New York: https://www.jttnyc.com/exhibitions/2021/dear-johnView the 'Back Stories' show archive page at Fleisher Ollman gallery in Philadelphia: https://fleisher-ollmangallery.com/exhibitions/back_storiesFor 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  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

Oct 7

1 hr 57 min

Russell & Robert meet artist Susan Chen (b. Hong Kong, SAR, 1992) from Los Angeles where she's been installing her brand new solo exhibition at Night Gallery. We discuss making paintings during the pandemic, Alice in Wonderland, silver glitter Crocs, her admiration for English painter John Bratby (known for his 1950s kitchen sink realist paintings), learning how to find her own artistic voice and numerous positive experiences and lessons from working as studio assistant for fellow painter Shara Hughes.Text by Dani Yan for Night Gallery: "I Am Not a Virus is an exhibition of new paintings by the New York and Connecticut-based painter Susan Chen. This is Chen’s first exhibition at the gallery. During the first year of the COVID-19 pandemic, the artist collaborated with twenty-six different sitters of Asian and Asian American descent living throughout the United States. After locating her subjects through various social media platforms, Chen painted her subjects via Zoom in real time. Despite her unfamiliarity with her sitters, Chen’s portraits distill much more than just their subjects’ likenesses. Informed by just a few hours of Zoom conversation with each person, Chen creates compositions that illuminate the experiences, desires, and emotions of her sitters. This closeness comes from Chen’s attention to detail: from nail polish bottles to birth control pills, the objects in Chen’s compositions are rendered in the same heavy brushstrokes as the people they are connected to. Viewers are thus prompted to consider the many elements of Chen’s paintings evenly—the subjects themselves are important, but so are their stories.This focus on Asian American humanity and history has been central to Chen’s work. But after the rise in hate crimes against Asians in the wake of COVID-19, Chen’s practice took on a new impetus. While her past work alluded to Asian American cultural alienation, her recent paintings address anti-Asian hate with a sharpened sense of directness and urgency. In a self-portrait, I Am Not the Kung Flu, the artist captures herself wielding a taser with an array of self-defense weapons scattered across the table in front of her. A pepper gel canister, a whistle, tear gas, a personal alarm, a pocket knife: these are just some of the items Chen found while surveying online what Asian Americans were buying during the pandemic to protect themselves from assault. Indeed, over the course of the past year, the means of survival have changed drastically for Asian Americans like Chen.Chen’s involvement in the fight against anti-Asian racism extends beyond her artistic practice. In the aftermath of the Atlanta spa shootings in March 2021, she attended several Stop Asian Hate movement rallies. Inspired by the gravity and hope of these gatherings, Chen distilled her experiences into the largest painting in the show, #StopAsianHate, which depicts a group of life-sized protagonists wielding signs with anti-Asian-violence slogans.Amid endless reports of anti-Asian hate crimes, the sense of urgency that Chen has felt in her day-to-day life has translated into her work. In the artist’s own words, her paintings became more “intentional,” both conceptually and formally. Each portrait was executed as a piece of an overarching narrative. Each color was premixed with delicate care before touching the canvas. In order to achieve the more closely-defined goals behind this show, Chen needed to paint with conviction—the thick layers and bold pigments of paint that punctuate her new canvases are evidence of her increased confidence.These days, reported cases of anti-Asian violence continue to rise, but media coverage has dwindled. Chen, it seems, has found her voice at the right time."Chen received her MFA from Columbia University in 2021 and her BA from Brown University in 2015. In August 2020, Chen presented her debut solo exhibition, On Longing, at Meredith Rosen...  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

Sep 30

1 hr 17 min

Robert & Russell meet leading curator Ralph Rugoff OBE, the director of London's Hayward Gallery since 2006, and the curator of the 58th Venice Biennale in 2019, titled May You Live in Interesting Times.We explore the Hayward's stunning new exhibition Mixing It Up: Painting Today that brings together 31 contemporary painters who exploit the unique characteristics of their medium to create fresh, compelling works of art that speak to this moment. Approaching painting as a platform for speculative thinking and unexpected conversations, the artists in this exhibition make works that oscillate between observation and invention, depiction and allegory, illusion and materiality.Instead of trying to craft iconic images, they treat the canvas as a site of assemblage where references converge from diverse territories including music, design, advertising, vernacular and documentary photography, viral memes, fashion and cinema, as well as art history. Resonantly ambiguous, their paintings invite viewers to recruit their own imaginations in working out different ways to interpret them, while often questioning how their social reception might shift among different audiences.This extraordinary exhibition includes new and recent works by 31 artists including previous Talk Art guests Alvaro Barrington, Caroline Coon, Somaya Critchlow, Jadé Fadojutimi, Denzil Forrester, Lubaina Himid, Sophie von Hellermann and Rose Wylie.Rugoff was born in New York City and studied semiotics at Brown University. Prior to the Hayward, he was director of the Wattis Institute for Contemporary Arts in San Francisco for nearly six years. Follow @RalphRugoff and @Hayward.Gallery on Instagram. Mixing It Up is now open and runs until 12th December 2021. To buy tickets or Hayward Gallery membership, visit their official website: https://www.southbankcentre.co.uk/whats-on/art-exhibitions/mixing-it-painting-todayFor 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  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

Sep 23

1 hr

We discover the world of an incredible artist JESSE MURRY who passed away in 1993 leaving an extraordinary legacy of artwork, poetry and writing. Fusing the Romantic painting tradition of John Constable and J. M. W. Turner with the quality of mind and imagination of Wallace Stevens’s poetry, Murry uniquely sought to create a “landscape” within the fiction of painting that could be “more than a place to dwell but a suitable space for dreams.”We meet two special guests this week to remember Murry’s artwork and to explore his extraordinary thinking - the artists #LisaYuskavage @LisaYuskavageStudio and @JarrettEarnest - who together have united to curate an extraordinary new exhibition titled ‘Jesse Murry: Rising’, curated by Lisa Yuskavage and Jarrett Earnest, at #DavidZwirner’s 533 West 19th Street location in New York.Painter and poet #JesseMurry (1948–1993) identified three significant approaches to landscape—'poetic,' 'dramatic,' and 'visionary,' which he aimed to synthesize into abstract paintings. Born in North Carolina, Jesse Murry studied art and philosophy at Sarah Lawrence College before moving to New York City in 1979. His essays on artists including Hans Hofmann and Howard Hodgkin appeared in a range of publications, including Arts Magazine. After two years of teaching art history and exhibiting at Hobart and William Smith Colleges, Murry enrolled in the Yale School of Art at the age of thirty-six. ‘Jesse Murry: Rising’ brings together paintings from the last five years of the artist's life. This work—made while confronting his impending mortality from AIDS-related illness—testifies to Murry's lifelong belief in the capacity of painting to hold the complexity of human meaning, at the meeting of a material fact and a location within the mind. Exhibition runs from 17 SEPTEMBER – 23 OCTOBER 2021. Learn more: https://www.davidzwirner.com/exhibitions/2021/more-life/jesse-murryForthcoming on September 28, 2021, and titled after a paper the artist wrote while at Yale, Painting Is a Supreme Fiction is an unprecedented collection of Murry’s writings. Edited and with an introduction by Jarrett Earnest and a foreword by Hilton Als, the book also includes transcriptions of two of the artist’s notebooks, in which the spatialization of the words across the page approaches the condition of thought. We strongly recommend buying this special book!!!Thank you Lisa, Jarrett and the team at @DavidZwirner. #JesseMurry   See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

Sep 16

1 hr 36 min

Russell & Robert meet artist Ann Craven. We discuss painting the Moon in TriBeCa and Harlem, Her fascination with Birds as a subject in her work, Agnes Martin, grief and the loss of her father, the influence of Alex Katz’s paintings (who she worked for having first met in Maine), snowy owls and a devestating studio fire twenty years ago in which she lost many artworks and belongings. We discuss an unexpected family connection to art legend Frank Stella, her close friendships with Karma Books Matt Shuster and artist Sophie von Hellerman, plus what it’s like to be part of an artist couple with her husband the painter Peter Halley.Follow @Ann_Craven on Instagram. Visit Ann's official website: http://www.anncraven.com/ To learn more visit Karma Gallery: https://karmakarma.org/artists/ann-craven/bio/Ann Craven (b. 1967, Boston, MA) is known for her lush, serial portraits of the moon, birds, and flowers, as well as her painted bands of color. After completing each work, she dates and titles each palette, rendering it a unique and isolated index of her process. Craven’s predilection for the copy—both from referent photographs and from her own plein air paintings—is both an homage to Pop Art and an exploration of remembrance. As she explains, “My paintings are a result of mere observation, experiment, and chance, and contain a variable that is constant and ever-changing—the moment just past.” Craven presented her first retrospective, titled TIME and curated by Yann Chevalier, at Le Confort Moderne in Poitiers, France in 2014. Recent solo exhibitions include Karma, New York (2021); the Center for Maine Contemporary Art, Rockland, Maine (2019); Shane Campbell Gallery, Chicago (2019); Karma, New York (2018); Southard Reid, London (2017); Maccarone, New York (2016); among others. Craven’s paintings are in the public collections of the Museum of Modern Art, New York; Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; New Museum, New York; and the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago, among others. 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  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

Sep 9

1 hr 21 min

Russell & Robert meet the LEGENDARY Dame Zandra Rhodes DBE!!! We celebrate more than 50 years of creativity and FABULOUS!!!We discuss childhood memories of her mother and growing up in Kent, her early experiments with textile design and printmaking inspired by Andy Warhol and travelling to America in 1969 which led to her huge success during the 1970s. We discover her memories of designing clothes for icons as varied as Princess Diana and Freddy Mercury, her friendship with Andrew Logan and Divine plus making numerous costumes for The Alternative Miss World!!! In this special episode, Zandra remembers her dear friend the artist Duggie Fields who passed away in March 2021. We explore Duggie's artworks, including the first painting Zandra bought from him in 1967, and we celebrate his influence on her work, their lasting friendship and ongoing legacy.Dame Zandra Rhodes has been a notorious figurehead of the UK fashion industry for five decades, celebrating her 50th year in fashion in September 2019 with a retrospective exhibition at the Fashion and Textile Museum – founded by Zandra – entitled Zandra Rhodes: 50 Years of Fabulous and a retrospective book published by Yale. Her notoriety as a print designer combined with an affinity for fine fabrics and colour has resulted in a signature aesthetic that is undeniably unique and continues to stand the test of time.An eponymous pioneer of the British and international fashion scene since the late 60’s, Zandra’s career has seen her collaborate with brands such as Valentino, Topshop and Mac Cosmetics. Continuing to collaborate with brands that inspire her, 2021 will see the launch of Zandra Rhodes x IKEA amongst many other exciting partnerships and projects.Follow @Zandra_Rhodes_ on Instagram. Visit Zandra's official website: https://ZandraRhodes.com/ To learn more about the work of Duggie Fields visit http://www.DuggieFields.com/ or @DuggieFields on Instagram. Visit the Fashon Textile Museum in London's Bermondsey: https://www.FTMLondon.org/ and their instagram @FashionTextileMuseumFor 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  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

Sep 2

1 hr 2 min

Russell & Robert meet artist Oscar yi Hou from his studio in New York. We discuss growing up in Liverpool, poetry, calligraphy and new paintings on the eve of the opening of his solo exhibition 'A sky-licker relation’ at James Fuentes Gallery:“Oscar yi Hou’s work is anchored in personhood. While this exhibition presents a series of new portraits, what yi Hou’s paintings really record is the relationship shared between the sitter and the artist. Foregoing fixed representation, the works in A sky-licker relation offer a testament to living alongside others. Made over the past year and a half, these works mark the importance and influence of nearness; the being-with of a queer lifeworld.The exhibition title is itself is the result of a series of relations: skylicker is lifted from Aimé Césaire's poem ‘Cahier d'un retour au pays natal’, which yi Hou first came across in Frantz Fanon’s ‘Wretched of the Earth’. Like the evocation of a sky licker, yi Hou’s given name in Chinese refers to a bird cry (⼀鸣) and he often uses birds as a self-signifier in his paintings and poetry, boundless and in flight. A distinct sense of symmetry can be found in yi Hou’s densely-detailed images, contributing to a compositional logic that is able to hold together a great deal of texture around each of the relationships being represented.Negotiating questions of opacity and (il)legibility, yi Hou employs polysemic symbols such as the five-pointed star, an icon laden with signification between East and West, to emphasize the buried yet multifarious meanings that surround his subjects. In this vein, at times the artist fuses the Chinese calligraphic tradition with graffiti seen on the streets of New York. Yi Hou also makes poetic use of the borders of his works, treating this marginal space as an expression of the interrelation between him and the sitter—while at the same time reflecting upon the limits of grasping this relation. In doing so, the artist’s paintings of others become a form of address, conjuring new signs and meanings to be shared in space. Here, yi Hou intricately demonstrates, in his words, “painting as a practice of dignity.”Oscar yi Hou (b. 1998 in Liverpool, England; lives and works in New York) received his BA at Columbia University, New York. His work has been included in exhibitions at T293 Gallery, Rome, Italy; Asia Society, New York; Tong Art Advisory, New York; Half Gallery, New York; Rachel Uffner, New York; Kohn Gallery, Los Angeles; and the Royal Academy, UK. A sky-licker relation follows yi Hou’s exhibition of works on paper at JamesFuentes.Online earlier this year.Follow @OscyHou on Instagram and also @James_Fuentes_LLC Visit Oscar's official website: https://oscaryihou.com/ and his solo exhibition page at: https://jamesfuentes.com/ Oscar's solo show runs in New York from August 26–September 26, 2021.A recent painting by Oscar is also included in 'Breakfast Under The Tree' group exhibition curated by Russell Tovey at Carl Freedman Gallery, Margate, UK until 5th September 2021. Follow @CarlFreedmanGalleryFor images of all artworks discussed in this episode visit @TalkArt. Talk Art theme music by Jack Northover See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

Aug 26

1 hr 11 min

Russell & Robert meet British TV presenter and broadcaster Timmy Mallett to discuss his lifelong love for painting, sketching and ART!!! We discover why Timmy's been hailed 'the cycling artist' and how he recently became a TikTok sensation with 'Mallett's Palette', a series where Timmy paints on live stream in front of a global audience of art fans!! We take a trip down memory lane to celebrate our fond childhood memories of 1980s TV & POP CULTURE!!! Wacaday!!!We learn of Timmy's fascination with Vermeer, Bruegel and Dutch still life paintings, his love of Richard Dadd (English painter of Victorian era), Van Gogh, but also Claude Monet and Impressionism. We explore his mammoth cycle trip to the El Camino de Santiago and how he learned to live in the present thanks to his brother Martin, who passed away a week before Timmy’s epic cycling pilgrimage. We hear how he learned to paint via his father, who started out as a commercial artist in advertising. Timmy's fully-illustrated new book 'Utterly Brilliant!' is out now.We learn of his admiration for other painters including David Hockney, Edward Seago and hear of a visit to Andrew Lloyd Webber's home to view his incredible private collection of Pre-Raphaelite paintings. We explore his 1980s radio and TV years where he worked with other broadcast legends including Chris Evans, Mike Myers (Austin Powers) and Robert's hero Kylie Minogue on ITV's hit kids show the 'Wide Awake Club'... Princess Diana was one of his most famous viewers, tuning in weekly with her sons Harry & William!!!Follow Timmy on Instagram @Timmy.Mallett Visit Timmy's official website at www.TimmyMallett.co.ukUtterly Brilliant!, his entertaining and surprisingly moving autobiography is out now where Timmy shares his journey through TV stardom, cycling the El Camino de Santiago and his passion for art. Published by SPCK Publishing.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

Aug 19

1 hr 10 min

Russell & Robert meet artist Narumi Nekpenekpen from her studio in Los Angeles! Special episode in collaboration with @ODDAmagazine - check out their latest issue for an exclusive #TalkArt feature. Thanks to ODDA for including excerpts from this interview in their new issue!Kate Wong writes about Narumi's works as shown in London at Soft Opening, gallery's space at Piccadilly Circus tube station: Nekpenekpen’s figures are small in relation to the human form, but gargantuan relative to the stars we see in the night sky, or the flecks of earthen elements that constitute the clay from which they have been formed. With their big doe eyes, heart-shaped pouty lips and cobby bodies, they gesture with a quiet but visceral urgency. Inspired by the poetry of dreams and daydreams, and also by the language of film, Nekpenekpen’s work traverses questions of mistranslation, identity and belonging. In their innocence and playfulness, the sculptures protest against the binary of low and high art, and the Western commodification of different aesthetic forms. Drawing from wide-ranging pop-cultural references, Nekpenekpen’s figures come together in a liminal place. Here at the boundary of diverse perspectives, untethered from preexisting ways of seeing and making, her characters come to life. In her process, slab porcelain clay is pushed and pulled into a central foundation onto which, like armour, the artist affixes a head, chunky limbs and highly textured garments, chains and other accessories. Nekpenekpen is interested both in what clay wants to do on its own, as well as what can emerge from their imminent relation. This method of handbuilding is honest, informed both by incongruity and imperfection. The result is a small, fierce army of lovers, produced from Nekpenekpen’s care and a dynamism of intra-acting forces. In this interstitial place, a dependency on others is essential to existence; love reigns supreme.Follow @NaruBlu on Instagram. Special thanks to Antonia Marsh at Soft Opening, gallery in London. Follow @ODDAmagazine on Instagram and check out ODDA latest issue for Talk Art special feature this month!!!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  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

Aug 12

56 min 33 sec

Season 10 continues!!! Russell & Robert meet leading artist Math Bass from their studio in Los Angeles, California. Bass is an artist known for fusing performance with paintings and sculptures using formal elements like solid colors, geometric imagery, raw materials, and visual symbols. Bass has exhibited internationally and is represented by Tanya Leyton, Berlin and Vielmetter, Los Angeles.Math Bass (b. 1981, New York, NY, lives and works in Los Angeles, CA) is an interdisciplinary artist whose practice spans across painting, performance, sculpture, and video. Throughout the work of Math Bass, recognizable forms appear and yet turn abstract, becoming shapes rather than signifiers, like shadows manipulated by the sun. Repetition is used as a tool to foreground these forms as part of a visual lexicon Bass has been developing over the last several years in the Newz! series — where forms and symbols exist in a multitude of perspectives and (re)interpretation — suggesting the possibility of mutable meaning.Though graphic in the flatness of the forms, there is a crispness and lightness to Bass’s geometric abstraction–thin layers of opaque paint are delicately applied to the raw canvas. In their artistic practice, the artist explores breaking down the common boundaries found within the medium(s) and modes of presentation in order to actively engage the viewer in both surreal and everyday ways.Bass received a BA from Hampshire College and an MFA from the University of California, Los Angeles. Recent solo exhibitions include: Tanya Leighton, Berlin (2019); Hammer Museum, Los Angeles (2018); Mary Boone Gallery, New York (2018); The Jewish Museum, New York (2017); Yuz Museum, Shanghai (2017); and MoMA PS1, New York (2015). Bass has also participated in selected group exhibitions at Martos Gallery, New York (2019); Fredericks & Freiser, New York (2019); Gordon Robichaux, New York (2018); and the Made in L.A. Biennial at the Hammer Museum, Los Angeles, (2012). They will have a solo exhibition at the Henry Art Gallery at the University of Washington, Seattle, Fall 2021 - Winter 2022.Their work is included in the permanent collections of Los Angeles County Museum of Art, CA; the Hammer Museum, Los Angeles, CA; Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles; Museum of Contemporary Art, San Diego; and Yuz Museum, Shanghai, CN.Follow @MathPearlBass on Instagram.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  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

Aug 5

1 hr 20 min

New Talk Art!!! Russell & Robert meet leading artist Larry Achiampong (b. 1984, UK). Larry Achiampong's solo and collaborative projects employ imagery, aural and visual archives, live performance and sound to explore ideas surrounding class, cross-cultural and post-digital identity.With works that examine his communal and personal heritage – in particular, the intersection between pop culture and the postcolonial position, Achiampong crate-digs the vaults of history. These investigations examine constructions of ‘the self’ by splicing the audible and visual materials of personal and interpersonal archives, offering multiple perspectives that reveal entrenched socio-political contradictions in contemporary society.Achiampong has exhibited, performed and presented projects within the UK and abroad including Tate Britain/Modern, London; The Institute For Creative Arts, Cape Town; The British Film Institute, London; David Roberts Art Foundation, London; Kunsthal Charlottenborg, Copenhagen; Bokoor African Popular Music Archives Foundation, Accra; Logan Center Exhibitions, Chicago; Prospect New Orleans, New Orleans; Diaspora Pavilion – 57th Venice Biennale, Venice; and Somerset House, London. Achiampong’s recent residencies include Tyneside Cinema, Newcastle; Praksis, Oslo; The British Library/Sound & Music, London; Wysing Arts Centre, Cambridge; and Primary, Nottingham and Somerset House Studios (London).Achiampong is a Jarman Award nominated artist (2018) and completed a BA in Mixed Media Fine Art at University of Westminster in 2005 and an MA in Sculpture at The Slade School of Fine Art in 2008. In 2020 Achiampong was awarded the Stanley Picker fellow and in 2019 received the Paul Hamlyn Artist award in recognition for his practice. He lives and works in Essex, and has been a tutor on the Photography MA programme at Royal College of Art since 2016. Achiampong currently serves on the Board of Trustees at Iniva (Institute of International Visual Arts) facilitating art policies in the UK and internationally and also holds a place on the board of trustees for Elephant Trust and is represented by C Ø P P E R F I E L D.Follow

Jul 29

1 hr 22 min

Russell & Robert chat to leading writer Charlie Porter from his home in East London to discuss his new book What Artists Wear.Most of us live our lives in our clothes without realizing their power. But in the hands of artists, garments reveal themselves. They are pure tools of expression, storytelling, resistance and creativity: canvases on which to show who we really are. In What Artists Wear, style luminary Charlie Porter takes us on an invigorating, eye-opening journey through the iconic outfits worn by artists, in the studio, on stage, at work, at home and at play. From Yves Klein's spotless tailoring to the kaleidoscopic costumes of Yayoi Kusama and Cindy Sherman; from Andy Warhol's signature denim to Charlotte Prodger's casualwear, Porter's roving eye picks out the magical, revealing details in the clothes he encounters, weaving together a new way of understanding artists, and of dressing ourselves. Part love letter, part guide to chic, and featuring generous photographic spreads, What Artists Wear is both a manual and a manifesto, a radical, gleeful, inspiration to see the world anew-and find greater pleasure and possibility in the clothes we all wear.Charlie Porter is a writer, fashion critic, art curator and lecturer in Fashion at the University of Westminster. He has contributed to titles such as Financial Times, Guardian, New York Times, GQ, Luncheon, i-D and Fantastic Man, and has been described as one of the most influential fashion journalists of his time. He was a juror for the Turner Prize in 2019, and lives in London. Follow @TheCharliePorter on Instagram. His book is available from Artwords in East London and The Margate Bookshop, Kent and all good stores!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  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

Jul 22

1 hr 22 min

Season 10 continues with another INSPIRING guest!! Russell & Robert meet leading artist RACHEL FEINSTEIN from her studio in New York to discuss three decades of her artwork in sculpture, painting, drawing, performance and video.In this 1 hour 30 minutes special episode, we discuss Rachel’s vivid childhood memories growing up in Miami, her early sculptures (including jewellery moulded from intimate parts of her body) and the influence of mentors such as Kiki Smith, Ursula von Rydingsvard, and Judy Pfaff. We explore the legacy and timeless relevance of fairytales and the way her work encompasses the richness and complexity of a woman’s lifetime and the strong connection between her drawings and sculptures.In richly detailed sculptures and multipart installations, Rachel Feinstein investigates and challenges the concept of luxury as expressed in eighteenth- and nineteenth-century Europe, in the context of contemporary parallels. By synthesizing visual and societal opposites such as romance and pornography, elegance and kitsch, and the marvellous and the banal, she explores issues of taste and desire.We strongly recommend buying Rachel Feinstein's major monograph, published by Rizzoli (Click here to order). Look back at Rachel Feinstein's recent museum exhibition 'Maiden, Mother, Crone' by visiting The Jewish Museum's website (click here) and learn more at her gallery Gagosian's dedicated page. Follow @RachelFeinsteinStudio and @Gagosian on Instagram.We are SO excited to be back for series 10!! We decided to start it sooner because so many of you have been messaging us and we didn't want to leave you without new episodes!!! We will be with you for the rest of the summer and beyond!!! Also, don't forget to catch up on over 130 one-hour earlier episodes from the Talk Art podcast Seasons 1-9, 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/TalkArtFor 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  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

Jul 15

1 hr 29 min

For our second episode of all-new Season TEN, Russell & Robert meet artist OLIVER HEMSLEY from his studio in Suffolk!!! Warning: this episode features very strong language!We explore the joys of being a dog parent, his adoration for gay creative heroes Alan Bennett, David Hockney and Keith Haring, studying at St Martins and his early passion for drawing. We discuss the unprovoked attack in which he was stabbed after a night out dancing at the Joiner’s Arms, his resulting paralysis and the long journey to relearning how to draw and making art. We learn about the charity Art Against Knives he helped to found, starting with an exhibition organised by Oliver’s friends and fellow Central Saint Martins’ students to raise money and awareness a year after he was attacked. The event gained support from some of the biggest names in art and fashion with work donated by Antony Gormley, Tracey Emin, Wolfgang Tillmans and Banksy amongst others. We discover his long friendship with Gilbert & George, who collect his work and are his biggest fans, his admiration for Barbara Hepworth’s hospital drawings and the works of Lubaina Himid, Paul Rego, Tracey Emin and Francis Bacon …AND SO MUCH MORE!!!!Follow @OliverHemsley on Instagram! Visit Oliver's official website at www.oliverhemsley.co.uk Learn more about the Art Against Knives charity at their website: www.artagainstknives.comWe are SO excited to be back for series 10!! We decided to start it sooner because so many of you have been messaging us and we didn't want to leave you without new episodes!!! We will be with you for the rest of the summer and beyond!!! Also, don't forget to catch up on over 130 one-hour earlier episodes from the Talk Art podcast Seasons 1-9, 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/TalkArtFor 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  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

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Jul 8

1 hr 41 min

TALK ART SEASON TEN!!!!! We're back... and what a WONDERFUL guest we have to kick start this new series!!! Russell & Robert meet Olivia Laing, acclaimed writer and critic!!!!! Recorded live from the Hay Festival 2021 with R&R on stage in Hay on Wye, Wales and Olivia on satellite link-up from her home in London.We discuss Olivia's extraordinary book Funny Weather. In this remarkable, inspiring collection of essays, Olivia Laing makes a brilliant case for why art matters, especially in the turbulent political weather of the 21st century. Funny Weather brings together a career’s worth of Laing’s writing about art and culture, examining its role in our political and emotional lives. She profiles Jean-Michel Basquiat and Georgia O’Keefe, interviews Hilary Mantel and Ali Smith, writes love letters to David Bowie and Freddie Mercury, and explores loneliness and technology, women and alcohol, sex and the body. With characteristic originality and compassion, she celebrates art as a force of resistance and repair, an antidote to a frightening political time.We’re often told art can’t change anything. Laing argues that it can. It changes how we see the world. It makes plain inequalities and it offers fertile new ways of living.Follow @OliviaLanguage on Instagram! Visit Olivia's official website at https://www.OliviaLaing.com/ and buy her many books from The Margate Bookshop! Please support your local bookshop. BIG THANKS to the team at Hay Festival, learn more about their genius festival at https://www.HayFestival.org/We are SO excited to be back for series 10!! We decided to start it sooner because so many of you have been messaging us and we didn't want to leave you without new episodes!!! We will be with you for the rest of the summer and beyond!!! Also, don't forget to catch up on over 130 one-hour earlier episodes from the Talk Art podcast Seasons 1-9, 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/TalkArtFor 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  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

Jun 29

50 min 5 sec

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/TalkArtFor 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  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

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Jun 17

1 hr 13 min

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  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

Jun 15

45 min 19 sec

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/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/TalkArtFor 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  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

Jun 10

1 hr 20 min

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/TalkArtFor 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  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

Jun 3

1 hr 12 min

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/TalkArtFor 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  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

May 26

1 hr 23 min

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. 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/TalkArtFor 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  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

May 20

46 min 3 sec

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  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

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May 12

53 min 18 sec

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.orgFor 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  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

May 6

1 hr 19 min

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  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

Apr 29

54 min 52 sec

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  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

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Apr 22

1 hr 35 min

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.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  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

Apr 15

1 hr 24 min

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/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...  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

Apr 8

1 hr 13 min

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/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  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

Apr 1

1 hr 14 min

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.comFor 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  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

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Mar 26

54 min 59 sec

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.comFor 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  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

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Mar 19

1 hr 27 min

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...  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

Mar 16

1 hr 38 min

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/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  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

Mar 12

1 hr 3 min

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.comFor 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  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

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Mar 5

1 hr 49 min

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 #queerartLINK TO PART 2 at HOMO SAPIENS: https://podcasts.apple.com/gb/podcast/homo-sapiens/id1257514825and https://linktr.ee/HomoSapiensPodcastFor 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  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

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Feb 23

45 min 39 sec

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/3uaBX4DTake a closer look at the works discussed in today’s podcast, via the links below.Maggi HamblingSelf-portrait by Maggi Hambling - https://www.npg.org.uk/collections/search/portrait/mw07447Maggi Hambling by Liam Woon - https://www.npg.org.uk/collections/search/portrait/mw80867Stephen Fry by Maggi Hambling - https://www.npg.org.uk/collections/search/portrait/mw09544https://www.npg.org.uk/collections/search/portrait/mw07497 Howard HodgkinHoward 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/mw127232Isaac Julienby Robert Taylor NPG x45784; Isaac Julien - Portrait - National Portrait Galleryby Sal Idriss NPG x125664; Isaac Julien - Portrait - National Portrait Galleryby Horace Ové NPG x126727; Isaac Julien - Portrait - National Portrait GalleryDavid Hockneyby Bern Schwartz - https://www.npg.org.uk/collections/search/portrait/mw128048by Godfrey Argent- https://www.npg.org.uk/collections/search/portrait/mw65944by Cecil Beaton - https://www.npg.org.uk/collections/search/portrait/mw65316by Cecil Beaton - NPG x40200; David Hockney - Portrait - National...  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

Feb 19

47 min 3 sec

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

1 hr 26 min

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).For images...  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

Feb 5

1 hr 13 min

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).For images of all artworks discussed in this episode visit @TalkArt. Talk Art theme music by...  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

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Jan 29

1 hr 10 min

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.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  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

Jan 22

1 hr 14 min