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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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Last Seen

(35 mins)

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’


Reith Lectures: I Found Myself in the Art World – Grayson Perry

(42 mins)

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.


Talk Art


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!


The Art of …

(21 mins)

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!




Who is Banksy?

(26 mins)

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?


What is Art For?

(6 mins)

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 Culture


Why You Need Art in Your Life

(12 mins)

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.”



The Gatekeepers and Tastemakers Who Decide What We Call “Art”


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.

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The Beginner’s Guide to Starting an Art Collection


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.

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A View From The Top: Will Ramsay, Founder of the Affordable Art Fair


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.

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Using Instagram to Build Your Art Collection


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.

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Will Buying Art Make You Rich?


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 News

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Every piece of art you’ve ever wanted to see – up close and searchable

The Art of Buying Art: How to evaluate and buy art like a professional collector. By Alan Bamberger

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