The Lonely Palette

41 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. 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 interview with 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

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

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

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

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

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

September 5th, 2017

25:45

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

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

May 23rd, 2017

23:46

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

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

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

January 25th, 2017

24:06

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

January 3rd, 2017

21:16

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

December 13th, 2016

21:15

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

November 15th, 2016

22:22

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

October 25th, 2016

21:38

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

October 4th, 2016

20:51

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

September 20th, 2016

18:41

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

September 6th, 2016

18:08

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

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

June 21st, 2016

12:30

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

June 7th, 2016

15:14

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

May 24th, 2016

11:57

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

May 11th, 2016

16:38

Ep. 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.

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