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The Lonely Palette

114 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


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

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 Thoughtprints, the school's art/lit mag, but also spent his free time in the fine art studio, bending the charcoal like Beckmann. Now he's the Director of the Carpenter Center of Visual Arts at Harvard University, she's an art history podcaster, and they reconnected in the Busch-Reisinger galleries in front of Max Beckmann's "Self-Portrait in a Tuxedo" from 1927 to talk about self-portraiture, self-evolution, and the limitations of peaking in high school.

[00:17] - Describing the painting.
[02:35] - What drew Dan to the painting as a teenager.
[06:16] - The ephemera of the cigarette.
[08:17] - Self-portraits in high school.
[09:25] - Drawing in thick, expressive lines.
[11:35] - The self-portrait that doesn't need our validation.
[15:19] - Beckmann isn’t Egon Schiele
[18:58] - Dan's evolving relationship with this painting.
[21:58] - Thoughtprints!

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Music used:
The Blue Dot Sessions, "Greyleaf Willow"

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