The Lonely Palette

42 EpisodesProduced by Tamar Avishai

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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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 interview with 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


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


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


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


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


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

September 5th, 2017


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


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

May 23rd, 2017


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


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


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

January 25th, 2017


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

January 3rd, 2017


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

December 13th, 2016


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

November 15th, 2016


Ep. 10 - Piet Mondrian's "Composition with Red, Yellow, and Blue" (1927)

October 25th, 2016


Ep. 9 - Ernst Ludwig Kirchner's "Reclining Nude" (1909)

October 4th, 2016


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

September 20th, 2016


Ep. 7 - Claude Monet's "Rouen Cathedral" Series (1892-94)

September 6th, 2016


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


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

June 21st, 2016


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

June 7th, 2016


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

May 24th, 2016


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

May 11th, 2016


Ep. 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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