The Lonely Palette

47 EpisodesProduced by Tamar AvishaiWebsite

Welcome to The Lonely Palette, the podcast that returns art history to the masses, one painting at a time. Each episode, host Tamar Avishai picks a painting du jour, interviews unsuspecting museum visitors in front of it, and then dives deeply into the object, the movement, the social context, and … read more

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BonusEp. 0.3 - Tamar Avishai interview with Artists of Camberville

August 9th, 2019


On July 29, 2019 (the day after the birth of my son!), host and producer Danielle Monroe posted this interview we had recorded the week before for …

Ep. 40 - Frida Kahlo's "Dos Mujeres (Salvadora y Herminia)" (1928)

July 19th, 2019


In which we go beneath the flowers, the unibrow, the broken body, and the shadow of her marriage, to reframe the fame of Frida Kahlo: the Cult Icon …

Ep. 39 - Rembrandt van Rijn's "Portrait of Aeltje Uylenburgh" (1632)

June 7th, 2019


It isn't 17th century Dutch art if we're not going so deep into Rembrandt's soul and so close to the meticulous details of his virtuosic portraiture …

BonusEp. 0.2 - Tamar Avishai interviews Dan Byers, Director of Harvard's Carpenter Center

April 4th, 2019


Tamar met Dan when she was a worshipful high school freshman and he was (to her) an übercool junior who was not only the arts editor of …

Ep. 38 - Wassily Kandinsky's "Untitled" (1922)

March 28th, 2019


The later work of Russian ex-pat turned German Expressionist turned indispensable Bauhaus faculty member Wassily Kandinsky is a lot like the Bauhaus …

Ep. 37 - Ansel Adams' "The Tetons and Snake River, Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming" (1942)

March 15th, 2019


Let's explore America the Beautiful, the Complicated, and the Contradictory, where a purple mountain has no sense of its own majesty, through the …

Ep. 36 - Behold the Monkey

January 31st, 2019


The fruits of the Second Annual Year-End Patreon Listener Challenge has us staring directly into the cold dead eyes of the beast! How could this …

BonusEp. 0.1 - Tamar Avishai interviews artist Cecilia Vicuña

December 14th, 2018


On October 10, 2018, both the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, and Cecilia Vicuña herself were generous enough to give me the opportunity to take a few moments away from the installation of "Disappeared Quipu" and interview …

Ep. 35 - Cecilia Vicuña's "Disappeared Quipu" (2018)

December 14th, 2018


Thick woolen knots, suspended from the ceiling, alive with projections and immersed in sound. You might not realize that Chilean artist Cecilia …

Ep. 34 - Dance Dance Revolution

November 14th, 2018


We're trying a little something different today: what happens when Disney scares the pants off you as a kid, and then, in mining the roots of your existential dread, you realize that Henri Matisse and Igor Stravinsky …

Ep. 33 - Jean-Honoré Fragonard's "The Desired Moment" (c. 1770)

September 13th, 2018


Powder those wigs and ungird those loins: today we're diving deep into the curves, pastels, and licentious yearnings of a ridiculously saucy little …

Ep. 32 - René Magritte's "The Son of Man" (1964)

August 28th, 2018


Ever have a day when you just feel a little... blocked? Well, sure as God made little green apples, Surrealist René Magritte feels you.

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Ep. 31 - Hiroshi Sugimoto's "Byrd Theater, Richmond, 1993" (1993)

July 12th, 2018


Trying to capture time in art is like trying to pin a wave upon the sand or hold a moonbeam in your hand. So leave it to Japanese photographer …

Ep. 30 - Donatello's "Madonna of the Clouds" (c. 1425-1435)

May 31st, 2018


Join the OG Ninja Turtle as he guides you into the Renaissance by way of an exquisite tour of heaven.

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Ep. 29 - Egon Schiele's "Nude Self-Portrait" (1910)

April 27th, 2018


Welcome to the cult of the punk: where the skin is flayed, the contortions are twisty, and the struggle is real.  So why can't we get enough?

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Ep. 28 - Yoko Ono's "Cut Piece" (1964)

March 30th, 2018


Yoko Ono. You may have heard of her. She hooked up with that musician that time. Just under the wire, we end Women's History Month with a peek beneath Ono's art and reputation - and why we need to reconsider both.

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Ep. 27 - Roy Lichtenstein's "Ohhh... Alright..." (1964)

March 7th, 2018


Can a comic strip be elevated to fine art? Or is Pop artist Roy Lichtenstein just plain dotty?

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The …

Ep. 26 - C.M. Coolidge's "Dogs Playing Poker" (1903)

February 15th, 2018


Your Listener Patreon Challenge has been accepted! And now, let's dive together into kitsch: the frequency low enough for us all to hear.

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SpecialEp. 0.3 - Keepers of the Culture (Live Event at the PRX Podcast Garage)

February 7th, 2018


In this special episode, we listen to the audio from the live event at the PRX Podcast Garage, "Keepers of the Culture: A Celebration of Meduna and …

Ep. 25 - Mission: Mona Lisa

December 22nd, 2017


Our lady of the hour, muse of Dan Brown, satisfier of bucket lists, those eyes, that smile, La Gioconda, El Hefe. Just in time for the holidays, we …

Ep. 24 - Meditations on Mark Rothko

November 21st, 2017


Whether you think Mark Rothko is the portal to spiritual transcendence or emotional-ambulance-chasing bunk, let's take the necessary time to explore …

Ep. 23 - Umberto Boccioni's "Unique Forms of Continuity in Space" (1913)

October 31st, 2017


At the intersection of past and future sits a pack of hormonal dudes punching each other and making beautiful art.

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SpecialEp. 0.2 - Introducing Hub & Spoke (by way of Soonish)

October 25th, 2017


The Lonely Palette is thrilled to announce that we're a founding member of Hub & Spoke, a brand spanking new collective of Boston-centric, …

Ep. 22 - Jasper Johns' "Target" (1961)

September 27th, 2017


Ceci n'est pas un target, and other bewildering and profound pronouncements by conceptual neo-Dadaist (with abstract Pop Art sensibilities) Jasper Johns.

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Ep. 21 - Mary Cassatt's "In the Loge" (1878)

September 5th, 2017


So. It appears that art history has a woman problem.

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The Andrews Sisters, "Bei Mir Bist Du Schoen"
The …

Ep. 20 - Henryk Ross's Photographs of the Lodz Ghetto (1940-44)

July 4th, 2017


In this special episode, we look at the exhibition Memory Unearthed: Henryk Ross’s Photographs of the Lodz Ghetto, and explore the Lodz ghetto …

Ep. 19 - Guanyin, Bodhisattva of Compassion (Song Dynasty, 12th c. CE)

June 13th, 2017


Take a load off as you relax into this Song Dynasty masterpiece. You're going to be here for a while.

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Ep. 18 - JMW Turner's "The Slave Ship" (1840)

May 23rd, 2017


Because it's hard to look directly into the sun. Or yourself.

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Music used:
The Andrews Sisters, "Bei Mir Bist Du …

MiniEp. 0.1 - Happy Birthday, Lonely Palette!

May 4th, 2017


The Lonely Palette is ONE! And what a year it's been. We here at One Lonely Palette Plaza are celebrating with the launch of our own Patreon Campaign! Please consider checking it out, and supporting the podcast.

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Ep. 17 - Marcel Duchamp's "Fountain" (1917)

April 18th, 2017


On the occasion of its hundredth birthday, we dive into the art world's greatest joke (splash!).

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Ep. 16 - Vincent Van Gogh's "Postman Joseph Roulin" (1888)

March 29th, 2017


You've just had a manic break, cut off a piece of your ear, and gifted it to a prostitute. Who ya gonna call? Your get-a-grip postman friend, of …

Ep. 15 - El Anatsui's "Black River" (2009)

March 7th, 2017


One man's trash is Ghanaian fiber artist El Anatsui's treasure.

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Podington Bear, "Down and Around"
The …

Ep. 14 - Paul Gauguin's "Where Do We Come From? What Are We? Where Are We Going?" (1897-98)

January 25th, 2017


The gospel according to Gauguin is basically an existential hodgepodge that you and I were never supposed to understand.

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Ep. 13 - Edward Hopper's "Room in Brooklyn" (1932)

January 3rd, 2017


Welcome to Edward Hopper's specific, yet schematic, love letter to the alienation of the modern American city.

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Ep. 12 - Jackson Pollock's "Number 10, 1949" (1949)

December 13th, 2016


Dust off your verbs, it's time to make sense out of chaos.

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Ep. 11 - John Singer Sargent's "The Daughters of Edward Darley Boit" (1882)

November 15th, 2016


The darlings, the crown jewels, the moneymakers. Just what the heck is it about these girls?!
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Ep. 10 - Piet Mondrian's "Composition with Red, Yellow, and Blue" (1927)

October 25th, 2016


Think abstraction is totally inaccessible? Pull up a chair.

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Ep. 8 - Richard Serra's "Torqued Ellipses" (1996)

September 20th, 2016


This big bully is about to give you a lesson in contrasts you won't soon forget. Featuring Dar Williams!

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Ep. 6 - Pablo Picasso's "Portrait of a Woman" (1910)

July 20th, 2016


You think your seven-year-old could paint this indecipherable abstract Cubist painting? Well, it's not abstract, it's totally understandable, and... …

Ep. 5 - Andy Warhol's "Red Disaster" (1962)

July 5th, 2016


Elbow-deep in trauma, Andy Warhol plays with repetition and bores us into action.

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Ep. 4 - Edgar Degas' "Duchessa di Montejasi with Her Daughters, Elena and Camilla" (c. 1876)

June 21st, 2016


Hey! You there! Don't walk by this seemingly-boring painting. You might miss the 19th century.

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Ep. 3 - John Singleton Copley's "Portrait of Samuel Adams" (1772)

June 7th, 2016


While John Singleton Copley is busying himself with past and present art historical styles, Samuel Adams is getting all up in your biz.

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Ep. 2 - Christian Boltanski's "Lumieres (blue square - Sylvie)" (2000)

May 24th, 2016


Christian Boltanski tackles memory and death. We tackle Christian Boltanski.

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Ep. 1 - Paul Cezanne's "Fruit and Jug on a Table" (c. 1890-94)

May 11th, 2016


Just how did Cezanne keep that fruit from tumbling all over the place? We have theories.

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IntroEp. 0 - Art! What is it Good For?

May 4th, 2016


Art is everywhere. Why shouldn't it be for everyone, no matter how fluent you are in art history? This podcast says it should.

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The Blue …

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