art history for the masses
Ep 14a: Eff a War (Duchamp’s Fountain + Dada)19/03/2018 Duration: 24min
Duchamp didn’t come out of nowhere– he was working within an artistic tradition. Dada is a new tendency in art. One can tell this from the fact that until now nobody knew anything about it, and tomorrow everyone in Zurich will be talking about it. Dada comes from the dictionary. It is terribly simple. In...
Ep 13: Strictly Business (Dutch Still Lifes)04/02/2018 Duration: 40min
Dutch Still Lifes Pinterest page 16th c. iconoclasm Peeters sets off the exotic Chinese porcelain with her inclusion of the more humble German ceramic ware jug. There’s a difference between the smooth, cold, hard glass of the wine goblet with condensation on it– not just glass– glass with condensation. The rough shell of an oyster...
Ep 12: Heaven Ain’t Hard 2 Find (James Hampton’s Throne)08/01/2018 Duration: 19min
This artwork is comprised of 180 separate objects, including altar tables, plaques, stars, wings, pedestals, and crowns, made from used and broken furniture, construction paper, glass jars, lightbulbs, tacks, tape, glue, tinfoil, and various other things … outsider art (noun) art produced by self-taught artists who are not part of the artistic establishment. The Seventh Most Important...
Ep 11: Ladies First (Linda Nochlin)24/12/2017 Duration: 19min
NY Times obituary Why Have There Been No Great Women Artists? pdf It was institutionally made impossible for women to achieve excellence, or success, on the same footing as men, no matter what the potency of their so-called talent or genius. Christine Battersby’s Gender and Genius: Towards a Feminist Aesthetics genius 1. With reference to...
Ep 10e: Views (Mona Lisa & Landscape)09/12/2017 Duration: 23min
It looks like a subpar follower … That is not a Leonardo hand! These later artists aren’t doing the interesting things that they might have to engage with the work that Leonardo made. They’re engaging with the legacy that the work has NOW, which is a much later creation, divorced from the time in which...