The World of Art
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There’s really no substitute for seeing artwork in the flesh, but the next best thing is getting to know everything about it in preparation for when you can. Now is the perfect time to brush up on your art trivia to impress your pals with when the gallery doors open again. Whether you’re looking to buy art, learn more about the history, broaden your horizons or want to wade into the mysteries of the art world, here are some art podcasts, videos and articles to sink your teeth into.
The art market can seem like a daunting world, reserved for those with millions to spend on artworks by the biggest names in the business. But don’t be intimidated: everyone can enjoy buying and owning art in an affordable way.
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If you like true crime, but are fed up with listening about murder and violence – this could be for you. It tells the story of the most valuable — and confounding — art heist in history: In 1990, 13 artworks were stolen from Boston’s Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum. Twenty-eight years later, not a single piece in a haul worth half a billion dollars has surfaced. The art, and the thieves who made off with it, remain at large. With first-ever interviews, unprecedented access, and more than a year of investigative reporting, “Last Seen” takes us into the biggest unsolved art heist in history. A joint production from WBUR and The Boston Globe.
We start at Episode 1: ’81 Minutes’Play
In the last of his four Reith Lectures, recorded in front of an audience at Central St Martins School of Art in London, the artist Grayson Perry discusses his life in the art world; the journey from the unconscious child playing with paint, to the award-winning successful artist of today. He talks about being an outsider and how he struggles with keeping his integrity as an artist. Perry looks back and asks why men and women throughout history, despite all the various privations they suffered, have always made art. And he discusses the central purpose of creating art – to heal psychic wounds and to make meaning.
Perry was awarded the Turner Prize in 2003 and is well known for his ceramic works, printmaking, drawing, sculpture and tapestry. He is also known as one of Britain’s most famous cross-dressers as alter ego Claire.
The Reith Lectures are presented by Sue Lawley and produced by Jim Frank.Play
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Actor Russell Tovey and gallerist Robert Diament host Talk Art, a podcast dedicated to the world of art featuring exclusive interviews with leading artists, curators & gallerists, and even occasionally their talented friends from other industries like acting, music and journalism. Listen in to explore the magic of art and why it connects us all in such fantastic ways. Follow the official Instagram @TalkArt for images of artworks discussed in each episode and to follow Russell and Robert’s latest art adventures.
In this episode, Russell & Robert meet iconic British actor Sir Ian McKellen CBE at his home in East London. They have a private tour of Ian’s art collection including stunning works by L.S. Lowry, David Hockney, Andrew Logan, textile artist John Allen and an Antony Gormley cast iron figure he chose to display in the River Thames at the end of his garden!Play
A series telling the human stories behind art in Tate’s collection. From love and creativity, to failure and protest, each episode explores how art reflects universal experiences. Hear from creatives, curators, gallery visitors and even comedians as they chat about art and how it’s relevant to our lives today.
This episode is entitled The Art of Slow Looking. How long do you usually spend looking at art? Do you feel overwhelmed? This is about the art of slowing down, and teaches and shares techniques for slow looking with the help of a former monk, a psychologist, a tour guide at Tate Modern and someone who has spent 15 years looking at just one painting!Play
He is the elusive street artist whose artwork sells for millions but for decades Banksy has avoided the public eye. He has to, his art is technically illegal. So what happens when vandalism becomes valuable art? We speak to an art dealer who owns several ‘Banksy’s’ and a journalist who says she knows exactly who he is, but will fellow street artist and Banksy acquaintance confirm?Watch
Watch this beautiful animated video by philosopher Alain de Boton as he gives his top five reason why art is such a vital force for humanity. Are we wrong to like pretty pictures? Why is some art painful to look at? Can art heal your feelings of urban alienation? Relax, watch and find out. Guardian CultureWatch
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Jordan B Peterson is a Canadian clinical psychologist and professor of psychology at the University of Toronto. Here he cogently and concisely talks about the purpose and meaning of art.
His verdict: “Buy a damn piece of art … because life is too tragic in the absence of the sublime.”Watch
Curators Kyung An and Jessica Cerasi’s book, Who’s Afraid of Contemporary Art, takes readers on an A-to-Z tour of today’s art industry, familiarizing them with the basics of how the market works, why and how one can appreciate conceptual art, and how certain art and artists gain prominence. Several of their entries detail the workings of the art world’s gatekeepers, the curators, tastemakers, and institutions that cull and present the art we see. Below is an edited excerpt from the book published in Artsy.Read Article
According to Becca Star of Artsy, owning an original piece of art is more that just owning an object. “Starting a collection is creating an opportunity to be surrounded by joy every day”.
Lia McGarrigle interviews Becca Star and Paul Becker, founder of Art Money, a platform that offers interest-free credit to prospective art buyers and they give us the lowdown on everything you need to know about building an art collection from scratch.Read Article
The man behind the Affordable Art Fair tells Martin Friel of the Independent why he remains so committed to taking the ‘snobbery’ out of art.Read Article
Social Media can put you in close proximity to the next wave of up-and-coming artists and with auction prices for works of fine art skyrocketing to exorbitant levels and large fairs like Art Basel Miami having a profound influence on the art market, it’s important for collectors to remember that when it comes to building an impressive and potentially valuable art collection, what matters isn’t necessarily how much you can spend — it’s the connections you can make.Read Article
It’s a fantasy akin to winning the lottery.
That painting you spotted in an antique shop for a tenner turns out to be worth thousands, or the ugly painting gifted to you by your grandmother and hidden in a cupboard ever since is actually worth a pile of money. It can happen – but proceed with caution! By Kate Hope, Business Reporter BBC NewsRead Article
Every piece of art you’ve ever wanted to see – up close and searchable
What does a cultural Big Bang look like? For Amit Sood, director of Google’s Cultural Institute and Art Project, it’s an online platform where anyone can explore the world’s greatest collections of art and artifacts in vivid, lifelike detail. Join Sood and Google artist in residence Cyril Diagne in a mind-bending demo of experiments from the Cultural Institute and glimpse the exciting future of accessibility to arts and culture. https://artsandculture.google.comWatch video
The Art of Buying Art: How to evaluate and buy art like a professional collector. By Alan Bamberger
‘The very best book on the subject ever published’
Bernard Ewell, Personal Property Journal
The art world can appear impenetrable to the beginner. This classic book, in print since 1990, is an invaluable primer that will help anyone to penetrate the thickets of inscrutable ‘insider info’ and esoteric jargon. Updated for today’s art market, including online buying, The Art of Buying Art is without a doubt the most accessible book on how to research, evaluate, price and buy artworks – for anyone who wants to buy art. No previous knowledgeof art or the art business is necessary.Read More
The Best Online Art Classes
Feeling inspired? Learn to paint and draw from the comfort of your own home with these quality online art classes and art schools.Read More