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

32:43

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

37:52

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

31:43

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

22:33

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

30:42

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

31:10

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

40:06

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

19:10

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

31:43

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

41:58

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

30:24

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

29:12

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

31:58

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

26:48

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

29:53

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

28:54

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

26:59

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

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http://www.thelonelypalette.com/episodes/2018/3/5/episode-27-roy-lichtensteins-ohhhalright-1964

Music used:
The …

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

February 15th, 2018

38:56

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

36:33

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

47:57

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

29:56

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

25:02

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

37:48

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

23:03

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

25:45

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

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http://www.thelonelypalette.com/episodes/2017/9/5/episode-21-mary-cassatts-in-the-loge-1878

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

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

July 4th, 2017

24:54

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

23:56

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

23:46

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

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http://www.thelonelypalette.com/episodes/2017/5/22/episode-18-jmw-turners-the-slave-ship-1840

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

MiniEp. 0.1 - Happy Birthday, Lonely Palette!

May 4th, 2017

7:21

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.

All …

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

April 18th, 2017

27:20

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

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http://www.thelonelypalette.com/episodes/2017/4/17/episode-17-marcel-duchamps-fountain

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Podington …

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

March 29th, 2017

22:52

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

22:31

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

See the image: http://www.thelonelypalette.com/episodes/2017/3/1/episode-15-el-anatsuis-black-river-2009

Music used:
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

24:06

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

21:16

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

21:15

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

22:22

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

21:38

Think abstraction is totally inaccessible? Pull up a chair.

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

September 20th, 2016

18:41

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

15:47

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

12:12

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

12:30

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

15:14

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

11:57

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

16:38

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

17:03

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

Music used:

The Blue …

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