The Conversation: an Artist Podcast
By Michael Shaw
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A podcast featuring both one-on-one and three-way roundtable conversations with contemporary artists, dealers, curators, and collectors--based in Los Angeles, but reaching nationally and internationally.
||ExplicitEp. #117: Irena Jurek- artist, curator, and provocateur of Puritans||Artist Irena Jurek talks about: her blog featuring artist studio visits, her YouTube studio visit...||Free||View In iTunes|
||ExplicitEp. #116: David Robbins on Concrete Comedy, Talent and the arc of a conceptual art career||Conceptual artist David Robbins talks about his life as an artist through New York (where he work...||Free||View In iTunes|
||ExplicitEp. #115: Zak Smith - artist, author and semi-retired porn actor||Artist Zak Smith talks about: Why there still isn't an art "podcast of record"(!); his time at Ya...||10/16/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||ExplicitEp. #114: Roger White - artist, author of The Contemporaries, and co-creator and editor of Paper Monument||Roger White - artist, the co-creator and co-editor of the art journal Paper Monument, and author ...||10/3/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||CleanEp. #113: The Conversation LIVE! with--Katie Bode, Stephanie Pryor and Matt Stromberg||The Conversation Podcast's first live recording took place on September 9 at Ochi Projects galler...||9/18/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||ExplicitEpisode #112: Julio Cesar Morales - artist, curator at Arizona State University Museum & co-member of Los Jaichackers||Julio Cesar Morales, artist and curator at the ASU Museum, talks about: Living in the sometime...||8/28/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||ExplicitEpisode #111: Tulsa Kinney, editor and publisher of Artillery magazine||Tulsa Kinney, along with co-host Deb Klowden Mann, talks about coming to Los Angeles from souther...||8/15/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||ExplicitEpisode #110: Carolina Miranda of the L.A. Times- covering art & culture, high & low||Carolina Miranda covers art both high and low, as well as writing the occasional piece about arch...||7/25/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||ExplicitEpisode #109: Marco Rios, artist, curator, artist-curator...||Conceptual, video and installation artist Marco Rios is also the curator of the Luckman Gallery a...||7/9/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||ExplicitEpisode #108: Carrie Paterson- sculptor, aeronauticist, fragrance maker, writer, polymath...||In an exceptionally wide-ranging conversation, we talk with Carrie about: her experience of disp...||6/19/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||ExplicitEpisode #107: Christian Viveros-Faune - the King of The Conversation returns||Christian Viveros-Faune, art writer for the Village Voice and ArtNet, returns to The Conversation...||5/30/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||ExplicitEpisode #106: The Crit -- the legacy of Michael Asher's Post-Studio class at CalArts||For this episode, we reunite several members of the late Michael Asher's Post-Studio seminar clas...||5/16/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||ExplicitEpisode #105: Los Angeles artist Liat Yossifor||Liat Yossifor along w/co-host Jen Collins talks about: her recent solo show in New York; her big ...||5/1/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||ExplicitEpisode #104: Sarah Thornton, author of 7 Days in the Art World and 33 Artists in 3 Acts||Art world ethnographer, author, and art writer for The Economist Sarah Thornton talks about memor...||4/10/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||ExplicitEpisode #103: Los Angeles Times art critic David Pagel (w/co-host Deb Klowden Mann)||An especially fun conversation with the Times' David Pagel, in which he talks with us about: the ...||3/6/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 102: Kelsey Lee Offield, owner of Gusford gallery in Hollywood||Kelsey Lee Offield, who runs the two-year-old Gusford gallery, talks about: her passion for spor...||2/14/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||ExplicitEpisode #101: L.A. artist Joshua Dildine (when your kid paints on your painting)||Along with new co-host JEN COLLINS (see Conversation 3-Way Episode 3: http://www.theconversationp...||1/30/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||ExplicitLester Monzon, The Conversation's 100th Episode (!)||The Conversation's 100th Episode (!), with Los Angeles abstract painter Lester Monzon. With co-ho...||1/17/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||ExplicitArt advisor Lisa Schiff (the 99th episode of The Conversation)||Art advisor Lisa Schiff discusses the art market, working with collectors (and building their col...||1/3/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||ExplicitWilliam Powhida||New York artist William Powhida talks about: his transition from writing about artists to making ...||12/11/2014||Free||View In iTunes|
I've always wanted an interesting artist podcast by artists for artists so I was thrilled to find The Conversation. So many great interviews conducting in an intimate, informal setting. Subscribe now!
A worthy listen for anyone in (or interested in) the arts
Though The Conversation's artist-centric episodes are definitely worthwhile, I've enjoyed the podcast more and more as Shaw has expanded the guest list to include other members of the art ecosystem. To me, there's a lot of value in hearing a practicing artist engage with gallerists/dealers, writers/critics, and other characters about how they see their roles and the industry overall. The somewhat different line of questioning tends to lead to less practiced, more revealing answers than those types of guests are used to giving. And the listener benefits.
If you want to learn more about how the art world works -- without suffering your way through too much dry prose -- subscribe.
Direct and relatable
Michael Shaw's conversation style is friendly, but get to the core of an issue when one is at hand. At times it might not work with certain personalities in the art world who attempt to cloak themselves in mystery, but Michael rarely interviews that type of person. This is a great podcast especially those in Southern California or if you just want to know what is going on in that area.