Art Attack with Lizy Dastin and Justin BUA

Lizy Dastin

Art Attack with Lizy Dastin and Justin BUA is a new kind of art podcast—engaging, informed, accessible and raw. Join artist BUA and art historian Lizy as they debate topical artworld happenings, bringing their unique—often contradictory—perspectives to the conversation.

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The work of René Magritte's is so iconic that one of his apple paintings inspired Paul McCartney to name the Beatles' company Apple Corps., which, in turn, inspired Steve Jobs to name his burgeoning computer company, Apple. Join our hosts as they explore the conceptual brilliance and paradoxical mystery of Magritte.

Mar 15

25 min 18 sec

NFTs, or non-fungible tokens, are in their relative infancy, but nevertheless taking the artworld by storm. Are these digital, object-less works a tech fad or do they indicate the expansive possibilities of what art can be? Join our hosts as they try to better understand this new frontier.

Mar 8

27 min 5 sec

Across the art spectra, there is unfortunately a correlative connection between artists and addiction or addictive behavior. From Henri Toulouse-Lautrec, to Mark Rothko to Nan Goldin, some of the most insightful creatives have suffered from addictions that not only affected them personally, but also informed the aesthetic of their art. Join our hosts, and their special guest, licensed therapist and expert in addition, Marnie Zang Katularu, as they try and unravel the relationship between art and addiction.

Mar 1

34 min 11 sec

Biography often plays an integral role in how any given artist is historicized; however, in the case of Yoko Ono, that biography hasn't done her much service. Credited with breaking up the Beatles, Ono's relationship with John Lennon has unfortunately eclipsed her prolific, provocative and profound career as a conceptual artist. Join our hosts as they discuss and debate Ono's work and legacy.

Feb 22

40 min 55 sec

With the terrifying outbreak of COVID-19, we're all living in a new reality. Pandemics; however, are not new and have, throughout history, generated hopeful, helpful and life-saving artistic responses. Join our hosts as they discuss a panoply of art that has emerged from pandemics ranging from the Bubonic Plague to the Spanish influenza to the HIV/AIDS epidemic to the Ebola virus.

Apr 2020

27 min 5 sec

It's widely written that photography was "invented" by Louis Daguerre in 1839; however, nothing has such a clear or clean origin story. Join our hosts as they dissect the very beginnings of photography: how it was invented when it was, who used this new medium, why that matters and who actually invented it.

Mar 2020

30 min 20 sec

Salvador Dalí is one of history's most iconic, ironic, illogical, irreverent, and integral artists. Best known for his melting clocks and curvy mustache, Dalí created masterful surrealistic landscapes that unlock the collective unconscious and speak to our most intimate and vulnerable anxieties. Join our hosts as they attempt to decode the ultimately unknowable paintings and persona of Dalí.

Mar 2020

34 min 58 sec

Chinese artist Ai Weiwei is arguably the most vehemently anti-authoritarian living artist. In his work across media, Ai tackles the tropes of history, surveillance, abuse of power, and what it means to test the limits of freedom. Regarding this last theme, the artist’s work and life have overlapped. Ai, critical of the Chinese government’s stance on democracy and human rights, has proactively investigated governmental corruption and cover-ups in his work, getting arrested for 81 days in the process. Join our hosts as they explore the work, the provocations and the activism.

Feb 2020

29 min 38 sec

In the late 1960s, artists began to expand the parameters of art in exciting ways: what it can look like, what it can be made from, where it can be located. Many took to nature--or took materials from nature--to better integrate the world, and concept of impermanence, into art. Join our hosts as they journey through their favorite land art creations.

Feb 2020

31 min 46 sec

Art is often political--a discerning lens scrutinizing its surroundings--or perhaps satirical, culturally inquisitive or rebellious in nature. Art can also be fantastically romantic. Join our hosts as they share the art that they think is most steeped in seduction.

Feb 2020

30 min 54 sec

"Whistler's Mother" is one of the most recognizable and parodied paintings of all-time. The man who painted it, James Abbott McNeill Whistler, is one of the most significant artists and aesthetic game-changers in American history. Join our hosts as they explore his revelatory paintings, disruptions of tradition and ornery personality.

Jan 2020

32 min 52 sec

Georgia O'Keeffe is an American icon. Best--and most controversially--known for the series of "flowers" she painted between 1918-1929, O'Keeffe addresses themes of pleasure and place throughout her career: pleasure with and in the female body, but also the pleasure of being ensconced within the United States. Join our hosts as they unpack the tremendous career of this tremendous artist.

Jan 2020

28 min

"The Scream" by Edvard Munch is one of the most iconic, ubiquitous and parodied paintings of all-time. Join our hosts as they explore why that is, what the painting could possibly mean, how it evokes the time and place from which it was made, and what's so seductive about its maker.

Jan 2020

26 min 58 sec

Ever since Giorgio Vasari published Lives of the Most Excellent Painters, Sculptors, and Architects in 1550, historians have played a key role in shaping the careers of artists. Although sometimes subtle and often behind-the-scenes, these tastemakers can puppeteer who becomes iconic and who fades into obscurity. Join our hosts as they explore the role of some of history's most influential critics, collectors, and culture changers.

Jan 2020

29 min 27 sec

For decades, Los Angeles has been the home to significant Latinx artists who use their work to celebrate their cultural heritage and form meaningful communities. The contemporary scene of Latinx artists in L.A., especially urban artists, has never been more vibrant. Join our hosts as they share their favorite work by their favorite makers.

Dec 2019

28 min 30 sec

Bob Ross, landscape painter and PBS legend, could always be counted on to have a fantastic hair-day and even more fantastic attitude. His TV show, The Joy of Painting, hasn't aired since the mid-90s; however, Ross has recently become more beloved than ever. Join our hosts as they discuss his works, his joyful demeanor and relatable art teaching style.

Dec 2019

23 min 54 sec

In 1949, Life Magazine published an article on the (in)famous Abstract Expressionist Jackson Pollock asking whether he was the greatest living painter. Join our hosts as they animatedly--and from wildly different perspectives--begin to answer this question.

Dec 2019

30 min 39 sec

After the live 100th episode, Lizy and BUA opened up the floor to audience questions--about absolutely anything and everything art related. Check out this impromptu, interactive conversation about hip hop, the legacy of Duchamp, and one artist's choice to use excrement as his art material.

Dec 2019

38 min 36 sec

Hip Hop emerged as a fully postmodern, intersectional art expression during the 1980s in the Bronx. Interweaving graffiti writing, b-boy dance, MC sounds and DJ mixing, Hip Hop continues to energize disparate, and yet connected, facets of society and culture. Join our hosts as they delve into the history of Hip Hop, its progression over time, and contemporary artists who continue to live its ethos.

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Nov 2019

36 min 58 sec

From the Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao to the Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles to the Dancing House in Prague, Frank Gehry has designed some of the most celebrated buildings across the world. Join our hosts as they discuss his playful, innovative, and idiosyncratic designs.

Oct 2019

26 min 40 sec

Offering the highest compliment an artist can give, Picasso acknowledged Paul Cézanne as the father of modernism, "the father of us all." Join our hosts as they investigate why this is, describing the Post-Impressionist's most significant paintings, his profound flattening of space and introduction of the concept of movement into the otherwise static viewing experience.

Oct 2019

31 min 51 sec

Graffiti, quite literally scratching something into an outdoor surface without permission, has been happening for thousands of years. The graffiti that we know today--rebellious, visceral and counter-culture--was born in New York City in the '70s and practiced by some of the most fearless and inventive artists. Join our hosts as they deep-dive into this dynamic and dangerous time.

Oct 2019

35 min 16 sec

Under the conservative Reagan administration, the 1980s was a constraining time for any artist who tried to push the envelope. Especially vilified during this era were photographers Andres Serrano and Robert Mapplethorpe. Join our hosts as they reveal governmental censorship and discuss the work that was considered an aberration on society.

Oct 2019

32 min 49 sec

When we think of words used to describe significant art, chances are that "caricature" doesn't make the list. But maybe it should. Join our hosts as they unearth the history of caricatures, common misconceptions about the genre, and its most phenomenal players.

Sep 2019

31 min 55 sec

The 1960s art scene is primarily associated with Pop, kitsch and Warhol; however, it was also the era of sleek, stark, hard-edged Minimalism. Join our hosts as they digest this influential--if short-lived--movement and its embrace of the death of the artist and deskilling of the art object.

Sep 2019

30 min 36 sec

Wassily Kandinksy was a major aesthetic innovator--he saw spiritual symbolism in color, sought to translate musical sounds into painterly shapes, and is credited for painting the first entirely abstract canvas in 1913. Join our hosts as they explore all the facets of this Russian genius.

Sep 2019

24 min 22 sec

For 91 episodes, this show has celebrated the best of the best. But what about the worst of the worst? Join our hosts as they maneuver around the work and lives of three artworld clunkers.

Sep 2019

29 min 46 sec

Louise Bourgeois worked in a variety of diverse media throughout her 8 decades-long career. Her evocative, provocative themes dance between her personal experience with trauma to desire, abjection, gender and the body. Join our hosts on this feisty conversation surrounding Bourgeois' art and its impact.

Aug 2019

26 min 9 sec

In a moment of prophetic brilliance, Andy Warhol said everyone will be world-famous for 15 minutes. However, his fame has endured millions of minutes beyond those 15 with no sign of fading. Join our hosts as they explain why--outlining his art, his process, his persona and his themes of consumerism, celebrity and tragedy.

Aug 2019

32 min 56 sec

Contemporary artist Olafur Eliasson uses light and space in the way traditional painters use pigment and canvas. The public space becomes his painterly surface and nontraditional materials, ranging from water, fans, air currents, color dye, fog, ice and moss, become his tools for mark-making. Join our hosts as they passionately debate the legitimacy and value of his practice.

Aug 2019

26 min 30 sec

The most respected Italian Renaissance historian, Giorgio Vasari, cited Giotto di Bondone as the absolute first Renaissance artist. Join our hosts as they unravel this statement and explore what the Italian Renaissance is, in what way Giotto's art epitomizes its style and how Humanism changed art forever.

Aug 2019

32 min 35 sec

With paintings full of palm trees, outdoor pools and seductive stretches of the open road, David Hockney is the quintessential artist of L.A. Pop. Join our hosts as they celebrate the man who celebrates their city.

Jul 2019

27 min 41 sec

Edward Hopper is an icon of American art. His paintings are celebrated in museums throughout the country, are reproduced on countless posters, postcards, cell phone cases--even mousepads--and are constantly referenced in pop-culture. But what is it about his work that people find so mesmerizing and meaningful? Join our hosts to find out!

Jul 2019

27 min 48 sec

In the 1920s, Los Tres Grandes--Rivera, Orozco and Siqueiros--created murals throughout Mexico in an effort to reunify the country under the new Mexican Communist Party regime. After the 1929 stock market crash, the United States government commissioned these same men to paint murals that would lift the spirits of the American people and restore their faith in their capitalistic government. Problems ensued. Join our hosts as they unravel this artistic showdown between Communism and Capitalism.

Jul 2019

27 min 17 sec

The fact of the matter is, there are art forgeries everywhere. Fakes are, wittingly or not, sold in galleries, auction houses and displayed on museum walls around the world. Join our hosts as they share their knowledge on these fakes and discuss some of the greatest art forgers of all time.

Jun 2019

26 min 7 sec

With her psychologically rich work installed both on the streets but also in museums throughout the world, Swoon captivates art viewers of all types. Join our hosts as they discuss the complexities of her practice, her imagery, her installations--even her name.

May 2019

30 min 36 sec

Pablo Picasso is often heralded as the most significant artist of the 20th century--maybe even of all-time. But why? Join our hosts as they debate and discuss all things Picasso: his work, his innovations, his missteps and his misgivings.

May 2019

28 min 18 sec

A real G, Auguste Rodin rejected the rigid neoclassical training that dominated 19th century academic sculpture and became the first modern sculptor in the process. Join our hosts as they explain Rodin's radical innovations to the field and explore his most iconic works, like The Thinker and The Kiss.

May 2019

32 min 4 sec

The most notorious artist to emerge in the late 1980s and early 90s, Damien Hirst produces work that not only seduces his viewers but also forces them to confront the inevitability of their own mortality. Using dead animals, diamonds and human skulls as his materials, Hirst neatly calculates to offend, provoke and dazzle. Join our hosts as they peel back the layers of his most significant work.

May 2019

25 min 32 sec

Philadelphia, celebrated for its hoagies and for being the birth place of U.S. independence, should also be known as a powerhouse art scene. Join our hosts as they discuss iconic art and art moments in the City of Brotherly Love and Sisterly Affection.

Apr 2019

23 min 45 sec

For 9 turbulent weeks in 1888, artists Vincent van Gogh and Paul Gauguin lived together in Arles. During this time, the two men produced some of their most insightful and iconic paintings. Also during this time, the artists had bitter arguments, one of which ended with van Gogh's infamous ear-cutting episode. Join our hosts as they discuss the work and the interpersonal dynamics.

Apr 2019

24 min 53 sec

American landscape paintings from the mid-19th century might not appear terribly complex or interesting. Oh but they are! Join our hosts as they discuss the racism, religiosity and rampant nationalism subtly encoded in these works.

Apr 2019

25 min 20 sec

With his ballerina paintings hanging in every museum across the world, there's no denying French Impressionist Edgar Degas was dope. He was also difficult, disruptive, questionably intolerant and a creative visionary. Join our hosts as they explore the various shades of Degas' work and his personality.

Apr 2019

32 min 10 sec

Kara Walker is one of the most celebrated and controversial contemporary artists around. Her work is both evocative, but also provocative, exploring intersectional themes of history, race, gender and power. Join our hosts as they unpack her silhouetted installations and explore the effect of their inflammatory content.

Apr 2019

19 min 50 sec

Frank Lloyd Wright, the brilliant American architect, irrevocably changed the way homes are lived in and designed. He was also quite the eccentric. Join our hosts as they discuss his incredible contributions to the field of architecture but also his personal irreverence for rules.

Mar 2019

24 min 32 sec

During the 1930s, U.S. photography was profoundly determined by responses to the Great Depression. Photographers, including Walker Evans and Dorothea Lange, were commissioned by the government to document Dust Bowl America--at times the landscape but mainly the people living there. But with commissions come agendas. Join our hosts as they analyze the most iconic of these photographs, like Lange's Migrant Mother, and prove that "Documentary" does not equal "document."

Mar 2019

24 min 41 sec

Rembrandt is on the short list of Greatest Artists of All Time. With his luminous treatment of light, of external subjects and of the self, it's no wonder why. Join our hosts as they discuss Rembrandt's life, his innovations and his most significant work and you'll learn why he's such a rockstar.

Mar 2019

25 min 49 sec

New York City is often considered the center of the art universe. From the Met to the Frick to the Whitney and the MoMA, these museums are iconic Manhattan institutions that house some of the most iconic art of all time. But where do you go if you want to explore art off the beaten path? Join our hosts as they tour you through lesser-known spaces and help you better understand the famous stuff you already know.

Mar 2019

29 min 51 sec

During the mid-19th century, European academic art was all the rage. Subjects in painting came from mythology, history or the Bible, and the work's style was often tight, controlled and hyper-realistic. Then came Daumier, a Frenchman, who helped change the game for good. Join our hosts as they discuss Daumier's disruptions of convention, rebellious choice of subject matter and loosened style.

Jan 2019

28 min 18 sec

Sigmund Freud, father of psychoanalysis and the dude we credit for trippy dreams and sexual fetishes, was also deeply influential to 20th century modern art movements. Join our hosts for this Freudian 101 session as they outline the intersection between his theories on sexuality and Surrealist art.

Jan 2019

31 min 31 sec