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  • Ep 21: Sicko Mode (Moretto’s St. Rochs)

    Ep 21: Sicko Mode (Moretto’s St. Rochs)

    20/04/2020 Duración: 54min

    Masque of the Red Death online Hagiography of St. Roch in·ter·ces·sor/ ˈin(t)ərˌsesər/ noun a person who intervenes on behalf of another, especially by prayer. mon·strance /ˈmänstrəns/ noun (in the Roman Catholic Church) an open or transparent receptacle in which the consecrated Host is exposed for veneration. Quarant’Ore “intercessory powers on fleek” from: my notes Medieval...

  • Ep 20: Indiana (Thomas Hart Benton’s Indiana Murals)

    Ep 20: Indiana (Thomas Hart Benton’s Indiana Murals)

    15/01/2020 Duración: 27min

    “A mural for me is a kind of emotional spree. The very thought of large spaces puts me in an exalted state of mind, strings up my energies, and heightens the color of the world. After I have gone through with my practical preparations, which are elaborate and occupy the major part of the time...

  • Ep 19: Dirty Money (Nan Goldin  the Opioid Epidemic)

    Ep 19: Dirty Money (Nan Goldin & the Opioid Epidemic)

    28/12/2019 Duración: 27min

    Images from The Ballad of Sexual Dependency: “My relationship to OxyContin began several years ago in Berlin. It was originally prescribed for surgery. Though I took it as directed I got addicted overnight. It was the cleanest drug I’d ever met. In the beginning, forty milligrams was too strong but as my habit grew there...

  • Ep 18e: Flossin’ (Las Meninas)

    Ep 18e: Flossin’ (Las Meninas)

    07/10/2019 Duración: 20min

    For more on Foucault: Michel Foucault. The Order of Things: An Archaeology of the Human Sciences. Paris: Éditions Gallimard, 1966. Robert Wicks, “Using Artistic Masterpieces as Philosophical Examples: The Case of Las Meninas,” The Journal of Aesthetics and Art Criticism, Vol. 68, No. 3 (SUMMER 2010), pp. 259-272. Matthew Ancell, “The Theology of Painting: Picturing...

  • Ep 18d: King Sh*t (Las Meninas)

    Ep 18d: King Sh*t (Las Meninas)

    11/09/2019 Duración: 21min

    Further reading: Joel Snyder, “’Las Meninas’ and the Mirror of the Prince,” Critical Inquiry, Vol. 11, No. 4 (Jun., 1985), pp. 539-572. Nanette Salomon, “A Woman’s Place: The Queen in ‘Las Meninas,’” Source: Notes in the History of Art, Vol. 4 No. 2/3 (Winter/Spring 1985), pp. 72-74. Amy M. Schmitter, “Picturing Power: Representation and Las...

  • Ep 18c: Status Symbol (Las Meninas)

    Ep 18c: Status Symbol (Las Meninas)

    19/08/2019 Duración: 20min

    Many scholars have come to believe that Velázquez was here addressing the status of painting itself, and by extension, his own status in Spanish society. “In fact, Apelles was a person of great amenity of manners, a circumstance which rendered him particularly agreeable to Alexander the Great, who would often come to his studio. He...

  • Ep 18b: The Puzzle (Las Meninas)

    Ep 18b: The Puzzle (Las Meninas)

    01/05/2019 Duración: 27min

    scumble | \ ˈskəm-bəl  transitive verb :  to make (something, such as color or a painting) less brilliant by covering with a thin coat of opaque or semiopaque color applied with a nearly dry brush “One of the transformative inventions of the Renaissance was linear, or scientific, perspective, sometimes called one-point or center-point perspective. The system is...

  • Ep 18a: Who? What! (Las Meninas)

    Ep 18a: Who? What! (Las Meninas)

    06/03/2019 Duración: 23min

    What type of painting is it? A self-portrait? A royal portrait? A genre painting or a scene of everyday life? Is this just a Spanish Baroque version of MTV Cribs? The composition creates an illusion of casualness, an illusion of spontaneity and mundanity, that is deceptive, because as anyone who has studied painting of this...

  • Ep 17: She Bad (Coatlicue)

    Ep 17: She Bad (Coatlicue)

    27/12/2018 Duración: 22min

    Meth bust news story. One day, Coatlicue was sweeping on the sacred mount of Coatepec, as was her wont, when a ball of eagle feathers fell from the sky. She picked it up and tucked it into her garments, after which it impregnated her. When her children discovered she was pregnant, they became angry, specifically...

  • Ep 16: Gospel (The Book of Kells)

    Ep 16: Gospel (The Book of Kells)

    04/10/2018 Duración: 50min

    In 1007 the Book of Kells was stolen from the monastery at Kells and it was gone for two months and 20 nights, eventually found without its gold and with a sod over it. Vikings raided the monastery at Iona in 795. They burned the monastery in 802. Vikings attacked again in 806; 68 monks...

  • Ep 15: Apeshit

    Ep 15: Apeshit

    20/07/2018 Duración: 56min

    Both Jay Z and Beyonce have referenced fine art and artists in their videos and publicity materials on many occasions, with Bey typically mining goddess and Virgin Mary imagery, while Jay favors modern and contemporary work, such as Picasso and Damian Hirst. Beyonce has had a tendency to use fine art allusions as analogues for...

  • Ep 14e: Ain’t It Funny (Duchamp’s Fountain)

    Ep 14e: Ain’t It Funny (Duchamp’s Fountain)

    24/06/2018 Duración: 20min

    Duchamp had a choice. He could have chosen any object from the everyday world to submit to that show. He could have chosen a snow shovel, a bicycle wheel, or any of his other readymades. He chose a bathroom fixture. He chose something you pee in. And I’m sorry but pee and poop will never...

  • Ep 14d: Ready Made (Duchamp’s Fountain)

    Ep 14d: Ready Made (Duchamp’s Fountain)

    28/05/2018 Duración: 30min

    Whether Mr. Mutt with his own hands made the fountain or not has no importance. He CHOSE it. He took an ordinary article of life, placed it so that its useful significance disappeared under the new title and point of view—created a new thought for that object. invenzione/invɛnˈt͡sjoːne/ noun a broad art term, introduced by...

  • Ep 14c: What They Do (Duchamp’s Fountain)

    Ep 14c: What They Do (Duchamp’s Fountain)

    06/05/2018 Duración: 30min

    to skip straight to Duchamp go to: 13:14 In the past couple of days there has emerged a conspiracy theory from several different people that this entire thing has been and continues to be an elaborate performance piece that Kanye is engaging in. The evidence used to prop up the theory that this is performance...

  • Ep 14b: The Choice is Yours (Duchamp’s Fountain)

    Ep 14b: The Choice is Yours (Duchamp’s Fountain)

    15/04/2018 Duración: 26min

    Church of Euthanasia aka when keepin’ it Dada goes wrong I do love Fountain, and I’m excited to talk about how dope it is, but my goal isn’t to get you to like it. Art history really isn’t about liking or disliking things. My hope is that by the end of this series, no matter...

  • Ep 14a: Eff a War (Duchamp’s Fountain + Dada)

    Ep 14a: Eff a War (Duchamp’s Fountain + Dada)

    19/03/2018 Duración: 24min

    Duchamp didn’t come out of nowhere– he was working within an artistic tradition. Dada is a new tendency in art. One can tell this from the fact that until now nobody knew anything about it, and tomorrow everyone in Zurich will be talking about it. Dada comes from the dictionary. It is terribly simple. In...

  • Ep 13: Strictly Business (Dutch Still Lifes)

    Ep 13: Strictly Business (Dutch Still Lifes)

    04/02/2018 Duración: 40min

    Dutch Still Lifes Pinterest page 16th c. iconoclasm Peeters sets off the exotic Chinese porcelain with her inclusion of the more humble German ceramic ware jug. There’s a difference between the smooth, cold, hard glass of the wine goblet with condensation on it– not just glass– glass with condensation. The rough shell of an oyster...

  • Ep 12: Heaven Ain’t Hard 2 Find (James Hampton’s Throne)

    Ep 12: Heaven Ain’t Hard 2 Find (James Hampton’s Throne)

    08/01/2018 Duración: 19min

    This artwork is comprised of 180 separate objects, including altar tables, plaques, stars, wings, pedestals, and crowns, made from used and broken furniture, construction paper, glass jars, lightbulbs, tacks, tape, glue, tinfoil, and various other things … outsider art (noun) art produced by self-taught artists who are not part of the artistic establishment. The Seventh Most Important...

  • Ep 11: Ladies First (Linda Nochlin)

    Ep 11: Ladies First (Linda Nochlin)

    24/12/2017 Duración: 19min

    NY Times obituary Why Have There Been No Great Women Artists? pdf  It was institutionally made impossible for women to achieve excellence, or success, on the same footing as men, no matter what the potency of their so-called talent or genius. Christine Battersby’s Gender and Genius: Towards a Feminist Aesthetics genius 1. With reference to...

  • Ep 10e: Views (Mona Lisa  Landscape)

    Ep 10e: Views (Mona Lisa & Landscape)

    09/12/2017 Duración: 23min

    It looks like a subpar follower … That is not a Leonardo hand! These later artists aren’t doing the interesting things that they might have to engage with the work that Leonardo made. They’re engaging with the legacy that the work has NOW, which is a much later creation, divorced from the time in which...

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