State of the Arts
By Art History Today
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A podcast that explores how art and its history shape our world today
||CleanFascist Aesthetics||In recent months, the term "fascism" has appeared frequently in the media. Many pundits have argued that the political tactics and rhetoric of Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump echo those of fascist leaders like Benito Mussolini and...||9/12/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanFakes and Copies: The Cases of Knoedler and Dafen||In 2011, shock waves erupted in the art world when the long-established New York gallery Knoedler & Company announced it was closing. Knoedler had been in major dealer in modern art, handling works by mid-century American masters like...||6/30/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanMemorials to Shattered Myths: An Interview with Harriet F. Senie||In this special Memorial Day Weekend episode, we interview Harriet F. Senie, Professor of Art History and Director of the M.A. program in Art History and Art Museum Studies Program at City College of New York, and co-founder of the organization Public..||5/28/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitJapanese Erotica||In today's Valentine's Day-inspired episode, we delve into the history of Japanese erotica, with the help of our friend, Maggie Mustard. Maggie is a PhD Candidate in Art History at Columbia University specializing in Japanese art, and is also the...||3/26/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanConservation and Restoration||Chances are you probably remember "Beast Jesus"--the fresco painting in a Spanish church that was lovingly "restored" by a local parishioner in 2012, and soon became the laughing-stock of the internet. In today's episode, we discuss this and three...||2/1/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanKITTEHS! (i.e. Cats and Art)||It's our 20th episode, so we decided to talk about two things that are near and dear to us: cats and art. Listen as we discuss four works of art that feature cats as well recent exhibitions of cat imagery, and ultimately try to answer the...||11/23/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanDismaland: Art as Politics||This past August-September, a seaside town in England hosted a very different kind of holiday attraction: a dystopian theme park by the anonymous street-artist-turned-legit-artist Banksy. Called "Dismaland," the park, erected on the site of a...||10/31/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanGrand Transit: The MTA and Grand Central Terminal||Continuing with our recent theme of New York City architectural and cultural gems, today's episode delves into one of the most vital elements of the city's infrastructure: its transportation system. Listen as we discuss the Metropolitan Transit...||9/29/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanTurner's Seascapes||Joseph Mallord William Turner has been the subject of a number of projects recently, from the 2014 biopic Mr. Turner to the exhibition J. M. W. Turner: Painting Set Free (currently on view at the De Young Museum in San...||8/7/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanNYC's Buried Treasures||It's that time of year (well, one of those times of year) when tourists flood our city of New York. If you're planning a visit, check out today's episode, in which we discuss some of our favorite less-traveled haunts!||7/8/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanArt Theft and the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum||On March 18, 1990, two thieves entered the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston and stole 13 objects from the museum's collection. This incident, which has remained largely unsolved, has drawn attention to the problem of art theft in the...||5/12/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe Seasons||Spring has finally sprung in New York City, so we decided to spend an episode discussing how artists have represented the seasons , using four very different examples: the medieval cathedral at Amiens, 16th-century Netherlandish artist Pieter...||4/8/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanFour Updates||When we started Art History Today and its podcast, State of the Arts, we wanted to show how art and its history make and inform the news. Because many of our topics are stories that have continued to develop, we're using today's episode to review...||3/24/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanArt and Crisis in the Middle East||The rise of organizations like ISIS (or ISIL) has brought attention to the looting and destruction of ancient artifacts in the Middle East. In today's episode, Colette LeRoux and Gina Konstantopoulos join us to discuss the history of looting and...||2/25/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanCharlie Hebdo and the Tradition of French Political Satire||In today's episode we discuss the French satirical journal Charlie Hebdo, whose offices in Paris were attacked on January 7th, 2015. Charlie Hebdo is no stranger to controversy, having produced cartoons that have invited criticism...||2/2/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanArt Market Mayhem (with special guest Natasha Degen)||On November 12, 2014, the auction house Christie's hosted its annual fall auction of major works of postwar and contemporary art in New York. With sales totaling $852.9 million, the auction now stands as the highest-grossing auction in history, and...||1/14/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThomas Kinkade's Industry of Light||In today's episode, we discuss one of the most popular and controversial artists of the last century, Thomas Kinkade (1958–2012). Kinkade's works often depict a pristine, idyllic, timeless past that continues to resonate with viewers. Many in...||12/16/2014||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanConstruction Controversies||In this episode, we look at the ongoing debate over the proposed expansion plans of two beloved NYC museums: MoMA and the Frick. - See more at: http://www.arthistory.today/#sthash.200u0nvd.dpuf||11/25/2014||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanHalloween Special: Romanticism and the Dark Side of Things||Happy Halloween! In today's episode we discuss Romanticism, a period that produced some of our favorite creepy images in the history of art. Romantic artists like Caspar David Friedrich, Francisco Goya, William Blake, and Théodore...||10/31/2014||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanJeff Koons||The biggest show of the year in New York (and maybe America, or the world) closed this weekend: the retrospective of Jeff Koons at the Whitney Museum of American Art. While Koons is a controversial figure who has achieved more commercial than critical..||10/20/2014||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanClaude Monet and the "Birth" of Impressionism||In August, The Art Newspaper reported that Donald Olson, an astrophysicist at Texas State University, had pinpointed the exact moment that Monet painted his work Impression: Sunrise to 13 November 1872. The report described this moment as the "birth...||10/6/2014||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanAi Weiwei||Ai Weiwei is a Chinese artist and political activist who has been named the most influential artist alive. A retrospective of his work has been touring the U.S., and his name is constantly in the news (whether for his art, his run-ins with Chinese...||9/14/2014||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe Parthenon Marbles||At the beginning of the 19th century, the Parthenon (a temple atop the Acropolis in Athens that was constructed in the 5th century BCE) had fallen into a state of ruin. From 1800 until 1812, Lord Elgin, who had been England's Ambassador to the Ottoman..||8/28/2014||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanKara Walker's "A Subtlety"||In today's episode, we discuss New York's summer blockbuster exhibition, Kara Walker's A Subtlety. Walker is a prominent but controversial artist who makes art that comments on social problems related to race and gender; this work was the result of an..||8/13/2014||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe Detroit Institute of Arts||In today's episode, we discuss the current situation with the Detroit Institute of Arts. Since the city of Detroit declared bankruptcy in July 2013, there have been numerous discussions of selling off the DIA's collections in order to pay down the...||8/2/2014||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanTeaser Episode!||As we prepare our first episodes, please enjoy this teaser!||7/23/2014||Free||View in iTunes|
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Tina and Sarah are wonderful art historians who pick interesting topics and discuss them in an engaging manner. As an undergraduate studying art history, I can't stop listening to their podcasts! Now, long drives in traffic or tedious cleaning isn't so tortuous because I get to listen to these lovely intelligent ladies talk! I will say that sometimes they do inject some of their biases into their discussions, but I think it's interesting to know their personal opinions. Please keep this podcast going!
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