Waldy and Bendy's Adventures in Art

Sunday Times / ZCZ Films

Welcome to ‘Waldy and Bendy’s Adventures in Art’ – the podcast they couldn’t stop. I’m Waldy – otherwise known as Waldemar Januszczak, art critic of the Sunday Times – and with my co-host Bendor ‘Bendy’ Grosvenor, the celebrated art historian and TV presenter, we’re going to be looking at interesting things that are happening in art during the great lockdown.

All Episodes

Season Finale! Waldy & Bendy visit Bendor Grosvenor's Farm to search for the best birds in art and look back at their favourite art moments of the lockdown.   See the show notes on our website.

May 15

1 hr 15 min

In a Line of Duty special, Waldy & Bendy get their collars felt, and then go head to head in the Battle of the Baroque!   See the show notes on our website.

May 9

1 hr 12 min

Waldy & Bendy hear some shocking news from the art world, and celebrate spring by looking at the best gardens in art.   See the show notes on our website.

May 1

1 hr 6 min

Waldy & Bendy go in search of the best St George in art, Waldy talks to Yoko Ono, while Bendy relives the Battle of Britain.   See the show notes at our website.

Apr 24

58 min 1 sec

Booze Special! To celebrate the reopening of pubs in Britain, Waldy & Bendy search out the best drinking scenes in art. Also, ex-Masterchef presenter, Lloyd Grossman, talks about his new book on Bernini!   The Waldy and Bendy T shirts are back in stock! Get yours here! See the show notes on our website. 

Apr 17

1 hr 18 min

Digital Special! Waldy & Bendy change their names, get lost in the Metaverse, and continue their search for the best horse picture in art. Plus Beyonce!   See the show notes on our website.

Apr 10

1 hr 6 min

In their Easter Special, Waldy & Bendy look at the best eggs in art. Waldy also has a chat with David Hockney about spring.   See the show notes on our website.

Apr 3

1 hr 11 min

Waldy & Bendy raid Bendor Grosvenor's farm in the search for the best horse in art! Waldy reveals how Caspar David Friedrich changed his television career, while, Bendy visits the Queen.   See the show notes on our website.

Mar 27

1 hr

Waldy & Bendy discuss some shocking news from the art world and investigate the future of museums. Bendy talks to a big honcho who’s written a book on the subject, while Waldy remembers Louisville, Kentucky.   See the show notes at our website.

Mar 20

1 hr 3 min

Waldy & Bendy celebrate Mother's Day with a look at mothers in art, and pop into the big auction to see how much the Beeple will fetch. Also Waldy has a chat with Andy Goldsworthy about land art.   See the show notes on our website.

Mar 14

1 hr 7 min

Waldy & Bendy delve into hell in the art of Hieronymus Bosch, and almost come to blows over prices in the auction world. Meanwhile Bendor takes a walk in ancient Rome and Waldy goes to India.   See the show notes at our website.

Mar 7

50 min 38 sec

Waldy & Bendy celebrate the dodgy anniversary of Sir Joshua Reynolds, Bendy has a chat with Joanna Wood about accessibility in museums, and Waldy goes to Istanbul in his dreams.   See the show notes at our website.

Feb 28

59 min 18 sec

Waldy & Bendy celebrate the dodgy birth of El Greco, and Waldy has a chat with Britain’s greatest forger, Shaun Greenhalgh. Plus the spiritual abstraction of Georgiana Houghton.   See the show notes on our website.

Feb 21

51 min 21 sec

Waldy and Bendy have a Valentine's Day kiss-off, and conclude their search for the Worst Film About an Artist Ever Made with The Rebel starring Tony Hancock.   Find the show notes on our website.

Feb 14

51 min 29 sec

Waldy & Bendy go head to head deciding if Lust For life is a worse van Gogh film than At Eternity’s Gate.  Plus the Raphael cartoons and a scary portrait of Andy Warhol.   See the paintings in the show notes on our website.

Feb 7

51 min 54 sec

Waldy & Bendy run the rule over Albrecht Dürer and continue their search for the worst film about an artist ever made with ‘Pollock’, starring Ed Harris. Plus, a visit to an auction and Sophie the art baby.   See the show notes on our website.

Jan 31

49 min 9 sec

Waldy & Bendy discover a new kind of blue and poke about in the Oval Office, looking at the art. The bad film this week is The Agony and the Ecstasy, with Charlton Heston as Michelangelo and Rex Harrison as Julius II.   See the show notes on our website.

Jan 24

47 min 34 sec

Waldy & Bendy discuss sculpture after a chat with Antony Gormley, and then entertain themselves in the lockdown by watching a terrible film about Frida Kahlo. Then Waldy chooses a Fatimid ewer for his imaginary shelf.   See the show notes on our website. 

Jan 17

51 min 34 sec

Waldy & Bendy confront some shocking news from the art world. Waldy has a chat with the head conservation honcho at the National Gallery. And Bendy chooses an obscure picture for his On the Wall. Not!   See the show notes at our website.

Jan 10

57 min 5 sec

Christmas Special. Waldy & Bendy argue about the Best Nativity in Art, Bendy has a chat with a Hollywood superstar, and Waldy puts on a sealskin onesie.   Find the show notes on our website.

Dec 2020

1 hr 14 min

Waldy and Bendy go gaga over the Royal Collection, and things go from baaaad to worse when they try to select the best sheep in art.   See the show notes at ZCZ Films.

Dec 2020

1 hr 2 min

Waldy tries to convince Bendy of the wonders of Rococo, and they both put on their wellies and stomp back to the farm to look at cats in art. Plus Lynette Yiadom-Boakye.   See the show notes at our website.

Dec 2020

50 min 20 sec

Waldy & Bendy dive into the dangerous artistic waters of fakes and forgeries, and ask what’s real in art and what isn’t? When they’ve done that, they go fishing and play some chess.

Nov 2020

54 min 45 sec

Waldy & Bendy discuss an exciting new Museum of African Art, talk to the author of The Brutish Museums, and then cuddle up to Bendy’s donkey. That’s right. Bendy has a donkey.   See the show notes on our website.

Nov 2020

51 min 18 sec

Waldy & Bendy attempt an American art special. But don’t get very far. Also, the timely return of the Waldy & Bendy Awards, where the search is on for the worst statue in Britain.   Check out the show notes on our website.

Nov 2020

43 min 50 sec

Waldy and Bendy catch up on what they’ve been up to in the interim since the last lockdown and discuss Artemisia Gentileschi.   Find the show notes here.

Nov 2020

42 min 57 sec

In a one episode special, Waldy swaps partners and teams up with his pal Ron to talk about flying works of art - otherwise known as birds. You can also watch the episode on Youtube where pictures of the birds are included.

Sep 2020

27 min 57 sec

Waldy and Bendy take a pop at Hogarth and discuss what it's like to visit galleries again as the lockdown eases. In On the Wall, Bendy goes for a stolen painting while Waldy goes for a heap of old instruments. See the show notes at the Sunday Times website.

Jul 2020

41 min 32 sec

Waldy & Bendy interview the director of the National Gallery and ask why the museums are taking such a long time to reopen. Then they hand out the prestigious Waldy & Bendy Award for the Worst Painter of Children in art.   See the show notes on The Sunday Times website.

Jul 2020

45 min 12 sec

Waldy and Bendy go head to head, arguing over whether British art is actually any good. And the Wendy Awards return, this time handed out to the best painters of children. Find the show notes at the Sunday Times website.

Jun 2020

45 min 13 sec

Waldy & Bendy talk to Damien Hirst talk about the impact of the lockdown and fall in love with Gainsborough. Bendy chooses a picture to hang on his wall that is famous for its wart, while Waldy goes for something bigger. Much bigger. See pictures and links in the show notes on the Sunday Times website.

Jun 2020

45 min 8 sec

Waldy and Bendy discuss iconoclasm and choose ‘the world’s worst museum website’. In On The Wall, Bendy goes for a landscape and Waldy goes for a VW camper van! Check out the show notes at The Sunday Times Website.

Jun 2020

40 min 6 sec

Waldy & Bendy wade into the Pre-Raphaelites and then hand out the first Wendies - the Waldy & Bendy Awards for the best museum websites. With big winners and even bigger losers! Find images and links at The Sunday Times website.

Jun 2020

36 min 26 sec

We talk to Grayson and Philippa Perry about their TV Art Club and ask who wears the trousers in their relationship? We also discuss The Royal Academy and Malcolm Gladwell's podcast 'The Lady Vanishes'. Plus Waldy gets in touch with his Polish roots! See show notes and pictures on The Sunday Times.

May 2020

38 min 43 sec

Tate Modern ought to be celebrating its 20th birthday, but the party had to be called off. So Waldy and Bendy throw their own party. Bendy also has a go at curating and Waldy picks Gustav Klimt's gorilla as his painting of the week. See show notes at The Sunday Times

May 2020

36 min 18 sec

Why are celebrities grabbing their paint brushes during the Great Lockdown, and what exactly is the elusive art movement they call Mannerism? Plus Waldy’s self-portrait as Philip Guston. See the show notes at the Sunday Times Website

May 2020

37 min 51 sec

Rubens divides opinions. But can he divide Waldy & Bendy? Also, a lockdown interview with Tracey Emin and why Bendy wants a Holbein. Check out the show notes on The Sunday Times website.

May 2020

33 min 27 sec

This week: Artemisia Gentileschi. Is she as good as everyone says? We also review Grayson Perry’s new TV art show and discuss why picture restoration has suddenly become such a popular topic. Find the show notes on the Sunday Times website: https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/waldy-and-bendys-adventures-in-art-93t6w6wwh 

May 2020

29 min 2 sec

What do we think of Caravaggio, and can bad people be good artists? Also, a lockdown interview with the director of the Wallace Collection. Find the show notes on The Sunday Times website: https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/waldy-and-bendys-adventures-in-art-986cwq9nq 

Apr 2020

30 min 17 sec

Why are we so obsessed with Leonardo da Vinci, and a virtual tour of the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam. Show notes on Sunday Times: https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/waldy-and-bendys-adventures-in-art-25w56nkkm 

Apr 2020

33 min 28 sec

Should museums be allowed to ‘deaccession’ their collections, and why was Gauguin such a good painter of children?  Find the show notes on the Sunday Times website: https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/waldy-and-bendys-adventures-in-art-pzs79xj7b 

Apr 2020

32 min 12 sec