The Artfully Podcast podcast

The Artfully Podcast

Artfully Podcast

A podcast full of art. News stories, gossip, and revisiting history you thought you knew, or always wished you did. Brought to you by artist Elizabeth Power and writer Jessie Hillcox. New episodes out monthly.

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    Episode 24: Cindy Sherman, remembering Elizabeth Blackadder and Chuck Close, and the 'anti cancel culture' art exhibition


    Hello Autumn! We are so ready for you. It’s been a disappointing summer weather-wise here in the UK, so we are very excited for a September full of art and exhibitions. New exhibitions include Doron Lamberg at Victoria Miro, Helen Frankenthaler at Dulwich Picture Gallery, Tacita Dean at Frith Street Gallery and Surrealist Female Artists at the Whitechapel. Our main story focuses on Poland, and a controversial ‘anti-cancel culture’ art exhibition that was set to open at Ujazdowski Castle Center for Contemporary Art. We discuss some of the 30 artists included, and the protests surrounding it from Poland’s anti-fascist league and various LGBTQ+ and Jewish organizers. We also look back on the lives of two artists who passed away recently: Dame Elizabeth Blackadder and Chuck Close, before turning to our Artist Focus: Cindy Sherman. Sherman is an American artist whose work consists primarily photographic self-portraits, depicting herself in many different contexts and as various imagined characters. We try to dig down to the ‘real’ Cindy Sherman, if that’s possible!SHOW NOTES: Charleston: A South London Makers Market: Kate Emma Lee Ceramics: Mimi Dickson Paintings: Harriet Shaw Rugs: Doron Lamberg ‘Give Me Love' at Victoria Miro until 6 November 2021: Helen Frankenthaler ‘Radical Beauty’ at Dulwich Picture Gallery from 15 September 2021 - 18 April 2022: ‘Mixing it up: Painting Today’ at Hayward Gallery from 9 September to 12 December 2021: Tacita Dean at Frith Street Gallery from 17 September to 30 October 2021: Phantoms of Surrealism at the Whitechapel Gallery, until 12 December 2021: Ben Crase: Jenna Gribbon: Ania Hobson: 100 Contemporary Female Artists You Need to Know: Dame Elizabeth Blackadder: Close: Polish State Museum has put on an anti-cancel culture exhibition: Beyoncé and Jay-Z Pose with Long-Unseen Basquiat in Tiffany Campaign: Cindy Sherman:
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    Episode 23: The Climate Controversy of NFT Art, the E.U. vs Banksy, and Frank Auerbach


    Where have the past few months gone? After an un-intentional hiatus, we are back with some exhibition recommendations, new artist finds and juicy art world stories. We discuss long lost artworks that have just turned up in Germany and Italy, cue speculation a plenty. Liz provides an update on her NFT experimentation, whilst we also discuss the big elephant in the Crypto Art room - climate change. And hindsight is a bitch if you’re Banksy, after he loses an E.U. copyright court case thanks, in part, to his own statement that ‘Copyright is for Losers’. Our Artist Focus for this episode is German-British painter Frank Auerbach. Born in Berlin, his parents sent him to Britain in 1939 under the Kindertransport scheme. We discuss the importance of his influences in his life, including his teacher David Bomberg, and friends that include Leon Kossof, Francis Bacon and Lucien Freud. His friendship in particular with Kossof has been the subject of multiple articles and exhibitions in itself. SHOW NOTES: Hilary Pecis ‘Piecemeal Rhythm’ at Timothy Taylor Gallery until 26 June 2021: Adrian Berg ‘Paintings 1964-2010’ at Frestonian Gallery until 3 July 2021: Michael Armitage ‘Paradise Edict' at the Royal Academy until 19 September 2021: ‘The Making of Rodin’ at the Tate Modern until 21 November 2021: Igshaan Adams ‘Kicking Dust’ at The Hayward Gallery until 25 July 2021: Conor Murgatroyd: Sasha Gordon: Corbin Shaw: Sanya Kantarovsky: Donna Huanca: Lucas Arruda: Lost for 70 Years, Kandinsky Watercolor to Sell in Germany: Six Ancient Frescoes Stolen From Roman Villas Over the Decades Have Been Returned to Pompeii: NFTs Are Hot. So Is Their Effect on the Earth’s Climate: The E.U. Rules Against Banksy in His Trademark Fight With a Greeting Card Company, Citing His Own Statement That ‘Copyright Is For Losers’: Brothers in paint: Frank Auerbach and Leon Kossoff: National Gallery Stories ‘Frank Auerbach’:
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    Episode 22: Art Forgery in New York, How Not To Exclude Artist Parents, the NFT crypto art craze, and Jenny Holzer


    We kick off this episode with a fresh co-hort of artist recommendations and documentaries to check out, including Netflix’s hit ‘Made You Look: A True Story of Fake Art’. The tale of $80 million worth of art forgeries in New York in the 90s and 00s was truly gripping and pretty shocking. We also discuss writer Hettie Judah’s campaign for how the art world can avoid excluding artist parents, and the upcoming sale of Karl Lagerfeld’s art collection with Sotheby's. Before we weigh into our Artist Focus, we try and tackle the burgeoning NFT crypto art craze and what it will mean for the art world. Finally, our art crush this episode is American Neo-Conceptual and Feminist artist Jenny Holzer. The main focus of her work is the delivery of words and ideas in public spaces, and she often comments on war time controversies and violence against women. SHOW NOTESYulia Iosilzon ‘Fanfarria' at Huxley-Parlour Gallery: @yuliusprimeTracey Slater @i_draw_linesBen Reeves: ’The Story of Welsh Art’ on BBC iPlayer: 'Artforum at Sotheby’s: Grief and Grievance at the New Museum’: ‘Grief and Grievance: Art and Mourning in America’ until 6th June 2021: The obituary of Nigerian Curator, Okwui Enwezor: ‘Front Row Get Creative - Jadé Fadojutimi’: ‘Rita Duffy: Portrait of an Artist’ on BBC iPlayer: ‘Made You Look: A True Story of Fake Art’ on Netflix: ‘Rob and Romesh vs Art’ on Sky One: Mary Cassatt: Alice Neel: Chantal Joffe: Jenny Saville: Gustav Klimt ’The Three Ages of Woman’: Nicky Arscott: Ernst Neuschul ‘Black Mother’: Hettie Judah’s campaign ‘How Not To Exclude Artist Parents’: Sotheby’s upcoming Karl Lagerfeld’s collection sale: What the NFT crypto art craze means for artists: Jenny Holzer:
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    Episode 21: Alex Katz, Jerry Saltz and *that* art critic tweet, and Nick Cave’s ’Truth Be Told’ installation triumphs


    We kick off 2021 with Episode 2021! (Side note, we cancelled Episode 20 because we were getting 2020 bad vibes from it). We have a host of online exhibitions, events and documentaries to delve into whilst Lockdown and the wintry winds are keeping you house bound. They include: the RCA Work in Progress Show, Deborah Brown at Unit London, and documentary, Black Art: In the Absence of Light.In the news we discuss Jerry Saltz’s blooper tweet that claims critics ‘put more into writing’ than artists. It did not go down well. We’ll talk you through the outcry, and how Jerry tried to firefight it. Meanwhile art triumphs over the villagers of Kinderhook, N.Y. and FKA Twigs shines the light on Kara Walker’s Fons Americanus in her latest music video. Our Artist Focus is Alex Katz. Evading hype for the majority of his career, the now 93 year old American artist has defied categorisation and trends for decades. We discuss the role of his muse, wife Ada Del Moro Katz, who he has painted for over six decades, and the different epochs the Brooklyn-born artist has lived through and experienced, including Abstract Expressionism, Minimalism and Pop Art. SHOW NOTES: RCA Work in Progress Show 2021: Sabine Moritz ‘Mercy’ at Pilar Corrias Gallery until 27 March 2021: Richard Hamilton Respective at Pallant House Gallery: Deborah Brown Platform Exhibition at Unit London until 14 February 2021: Crystal Fischetti at Grove Square Galleries: Anthony Cudahy at 1969 Gallery: Amy Beager Alexis Soul Gray Anne Sophie Tschiegg Buckman ‘Nomi’ at Pippy Houldsworth Gallery until 13 March:'Black Art: In the Absence of Light’ HBO documentary: Jerry Saltz blasted for tweet claiming critics ‘put more into writing’ than artists: Column: Why we need art critics, enthusiasts: In unanimous decision, Kinderhook zoning board recognises Nick Cave’s Truth Be Told is art not a sign: Twigs' New Music Video Features Kara Walker’s ‘Fons Americanus’: Alex Katz: ‘Looking at Art with Alex Katz’ book:
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    Episode 19: A 2020 round-up, that Mary Wollstonecraft statue, the Humboldt Forum opening, and Georgia O’Keeffe


    Our final attempt at a podcast for 2020, and we’re trying to keep it fun-filled and Covid-free! We kick procedures off in traditional form for Christmas with a mostly art-based quiz.As it’s a bit of a special episode we round up our favourite artist discoveries in 2020, we pin our hopes on new shows in 2021, and we couldn’t resist but stir up drama with some art-world stories. The controversial Mary Wollstonecraft statue, the soft-opening of the Humboldt Forum in Berlin, and the frustration of a Kandinsky restitution claim.We were both a bit giddy about our final Artist Focus of 2020: it’s the record-breaking Georgia O’Keeffe. Mother of American Modernism, she was plagued throughout her life by interpretations of her work as expressions of the female sex organ. But while she found success amongst the New York elite, she spent most of her life working in New Mexico, avoiding the city scene and the labels they attributed to her. Enjoy!SHOW NOTES:Salman Toor: Hanna Hansdotter: Daisy Parris: Finch: Langberg: de Balincourt: Murillo: Sophie von Hellermann: Steyaert: Between the Clock and the Bed: Beyond the Visible - Hilma af Klint: Klaus on Netflix: Season on Sky/Now TV: Vasconcelos 'Beyond' at Yorkshire Sculpture Park until 9 January 2022: Taylor at Hauser & Wirth Somerset 6 Feb - 6 June 2021: Bruce Nauman at Tate Modern until 21 February 2021: Phillips: Yayoi Kusama Infinity Mirror Rooms at Tate Modern 29 March 2021 - 27 March 2022: Nash 'The Landscape of Love and Solace' at Towner Eastbourne 1 May - 26 September 2021: Bridget Riley 'Pleasures of Sight' at Lightbox Woking 13 February - 16 May 2021:'Alice: Curiouser and Curiouser' at the Victoria and Albert Museum from 27 March 2021: Helen Frankenthaler 'Radical Beauty' at the Dulwich Picture Gallery 27 May - 28 November 2021: Rego at the Tate Britain 16 June - 24 October 2021: Maggi Hambling responds to statue critics: Humboldt Forum in Berlin Finally Opens (Sort of): Disputed Kandinsky won't be returned to Jewish heirs: The Real Meaning of Georgia O’Keeffe’s Flowers: O'Keeffe 'A Life in Art' documentary:
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    Episode 18: René Magritte, Grayson Perry's 'dead wood' comment, and the National Trust faces fresh scrutiny for looking into colonialism


    Bumped back into Lockdown in England we've been whiling away our time engrossed in art documentaries and wishing we were back in the galleries. Toyin Ojih Odutola at the Barbican and Tu Hongtao at Levy Gorvy Gallery particularly caught our interest, whilst the stories of Maggi Hambling, Artemisia Gentileschi and the world's biggest art theft have been on the small screen. Meanwhile, the news doesn't stop and we discuss misconduct allegations at Gagosian Gallery, the closure of Marian Goodman's London gallery, fresh criticism of the National Trust for its research into racism and slavery, and the anger at Grayson Perry's claim that Covid-19 will clear the arts of 'dead wood'. Our Artist Focus this episode is one of the leading surrealists: René Magritte. Instantly recognisable, the Belgian painter is synonymous with the surrealist period of the 1920s and 30s in Europe. We consider whether the mass distribution of his work has now lessened the impact of his work, and the influence Magritte has had on music, pop culture and conceptual art. SHOW NOTES:Toyin Ojih Odutola 'A Countervailing Theory' at the Barbican, until 24 January 2020: Ojih Odutola's tantalising drawings tell us stories about ourselves: Artist Toyin Ojih Odutola 'I'm interested in how power dynamics play out': Billion Dollar Art Hunt documentary: 'The Art of Forgery' by Noah Charney: Hambling: Making Love with Paint documentary: Hongtao 'Twisting and Turning' at Levy Gorvy until 24 November 2020: Museums: Artemisia Gentileschi: Gagosian Gallery Director Sam Orlofsky Terminated Amid Misconduct Investigation: after Grayson Perry claims Covid will clear arts of 'dead wood': interview originally appeared in The Arts Society Magazine: Hundreds of arts organisations rejected for emergency funding: Goodman on closing her London gallery: of the National Trust reached a new low this weekend: Surreal Legacy of Adman-Turned-Fine-Artist René Magritte:
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    Episode 17 - Job losses at major art institutions, the Musee d'Orsay low-cut dress drama, and Sarah Lucas.


    Artfully is BACK after a hiatus and despite a summer dominated by Covid-19, there are still some juicy art world controversies to feast upon. We take on the controversial job losses at the Tate galleries, the drama at the Musee d'Orsay after they refused entry to a woman in a low-cut dress, and the new Mayfair gallery opened by Charles Saatchi's daughter, Phoebe Saatchi Yates. We also share some good news from Christie's, who held an auction of works by Black artists where collectors had to pledge not to flip the works. Finally, from the sublime to the ridiculous: is Art Attack's Neil Buchanan actually Banksy? Elsewhere we select our top tips for exhibitions this Autumn including Edmund de Waal at the British Museum and a girl power gang round-up of Cecily Brown, Chantal Joffe, Katherine Bernhardt, Jadé Fadojutimi and Flora Yukhnovich. Our Artist Focus this episode is British artist Sarah Lucas. Born out of a boozy, party-hard YBA art scene, her profile has continued to rise to meteoric heights. She represented her country at the Venice Biennale in 2015, and nabbed her first American museum retrospective in 2018. We discuss sex, body parts, and those famous fried eggs. SHOW NOTES: (For the dog and cat lovers, here are the documentaries suggested by Jessie: Brown exhibition at Blenheim Palace until 3 January 2020: Chantal Joffe 'For Esme - with Love and Squalor' at the Arnolfini until 22 November: Bernhardt and José Luis Vargas 'Voodoo Mayo Ketchup' at Carl Freedman Gallery until 25 October 2020: Perry 'The MOST Specialest Relationship' at Victoria Miro until 31 October 2020: Yukhnovich 'Barcarole' at Victoria Miro Venice until 24 October 2020:é Fadojutimi 'Jesture' at Pippy Houldsworth Gallery until 31 October 2020:'Alfred Wallis Rediscovered' at Kettle's Yard 24 October - 3 January 2021: de Waal 'library of exile' at the British Museum until 12 January 2021: than 300 artists sign letter in support of striking Tate workers: Tate Staff Are on Strike: Balshaw, Desert Island Discs: London’s Royal Academy of Arts plans to slash 40% of jobs: museum refuses entry to woman in low-cut dress: it in the family: Charles Saatchi’s daughter to open huge London gallery: buying from a Christie’s exhibition of works by Black artists must pledge not to flip them: Neil Buchanan actually Banksy? Lucas, Unmasked: From Perverse to Profound: Lucas: ‘I have several penises, actually’:
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    Episode 16: Kerry James Marshall, a socially distanced auction, and Pace Gallery speaks out against homophobia.


    Our slew of exhibition recommendations this month are inspired by luscious landscapes and a green palette, perhaps motivated by a Lockdown-enforced return to nature? Exhibitions include: Jules de Balincourt at Thaddaeus Ropac, Salman Toor at the Whitney, The Green Fuse at Frestonian Gallery, Rethinking Guernica at the Reina Sofia Museum, Lindsey Bull, Minyoung Choi, Nettle Grellier at bo.lee Gallery, and Daisy Parris at Sim Smith Gallery. In the news, we delve into what the new hybrid Sotheby's sale means to the art market post-Covid, and what it could signify for sales throughout the rest of 2020. Is this the renaissance of the online auction? We also discuss the slew of homophobic comments Pace Gallery received on Instagram after posting a photograph of two men kissing by US photographer, Peter Hujar, and the Gallery's strategy of how to respond to them. Our Artist Focus this month is the record-breaking African American artist Kerry James Marshall. Following a childhood in Birmingham, Alabama and Los Angeles, California, an exposure to the Black Power and Civil Rights movements had a significant impact on his paintings. Through a masterful control of colour and composition, Marshall sets out to portray central protagonists who are “unequivocally, emphatically black.”SHOW NOTES: Jules de Balincourt 'There are more eyes than leaves on the trees' at Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac, until 5 September: Salman Toor 'How Will I Know' at the Whitney: 'The Green Fuse' at Frestonian Gallery, until 5 September: Guernica: Lindsey Bull, Minyoung Choi, Nettle Grellier at bo.lee Gallery on Artsy: Daisy Parris 'Star Studded Canopy' at Sim Smith Gallery: Men at the Barre - Inside the Royal Ballet: Sotheby’s First-Ever Hybrid Contemporary Evening Sale Format Nets an Impressive $300.4 Million: Bacon painting sells for $84M at first-of-its-kind virtual auction: Reaps 6,700% Return Months After the Artist’s Death: Gallery shuts down homophobic slurs on Instagram over Peter Hujar photographs: The World of Groundbreaking Artist Kerry James Marshall: Kerry James Marshall Is Shifting the Color of Art History:
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    Episode 15: Indigenous Art, chasing Inigo Philbrick, museums' responses to Black Lives Matter, and Chantal Joffe


    Welcome to our second Lockdown episode, which we recorded a couple of weeks ago. As the world slowly starts to reawaken from the grasps of Covid-19, we're still tasked with consuming the majority of our art digitally. In this episode we review a selection of virtual viewings from around the world, which include: Josh Smith at David Zwirner (via a New York rooftop); Indigenous Art at the National Gallery of Victoria; Marlene Dumas at Xeno X Gallery in Antwerp; a Google tour of the Museu de Arte de São Paulo; a documentary of David Hockney exhibitions at the Royal Academy; and London's first dedicated public art walk 'The Line'. Despite Lockdown, we still live in a fast-paced world, and both of the news stories we discuss have advanced and developed since recording, so we urge you to follow the show notes below for up-to-date coverage. With this podcast we focus our gaze on the art world, but it was important to us to talk about Black Lives Matter and specifically about how the museum and gallery world has responded to it this month. Museums have widely been criticised for a predominantly hollow response to it. We hope to keep our eye on this important topic and observe how the art world sticks to its pledges over time. Elsewhere in the art world we've been following the search for renegade art dealer Inigo Philbrick who sold artworks to multiple buyers, and then fled. (Since recording, Philbrick has now been arrested on the Pacific Island of Vanuatu.)Focusing on American-born artist Chantal Joffe this episode, we discuss her depictions of women, motherhood, and pornography. Working in East London, Joffe relies on self-portraiture, and depicting the women around her, including her teenage daughter. We wonder how her daughter will look back at her time as her mother's muse!SHOW NOTES:Josh Smith 'High as Fuck' at David Zwirner, ongoing:'Marking Time: Indigenous Art from the National Gallery of Victoria', ongoing: Marlene Dumas 'Double Takes' at Xeno X Gallery, Antwerp: Arts and Culture Tour of Museu de Arte de São Paulo Assis Chateaubriand: David Hockney Royal Academy Documentary: Line: Lives Matter - what art museums did next:, Curators, and Dealers Launch Initiatives to Support Black Lives Matter Movement: is an up-to-date story that scopes out British museums too: Controversy Over Museums’ Black Lives Matter Statements Continues as Critics Pillory British Institutions: Greenberger at Art News has widely covered this: search of Inigo Philbrick, the disappearing art dealer: Art World’s Mini-Madoff and Me - Boozy nights and high-stakes art trades with Inigo Philbrick: Philbrick, art world prodigy, is arrested months after fleeing the US in multimillion-pound art scam: Joffe on painting, pastel and parenthood:
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    Episode 14: A bumper virtual viewing review, Picasso's Oslo Murals and Paul Nash


    Welcome to our first lockdown podcast! And forgive us for our imperfect audio sins, but boy do we have a bumper catch up on our hands. We kick off with some virtual viewing reviews: Picasso on Paper, Andy Warhol at the Tate Modern, Quentin Blake at Hastings Contemporary, Google Arts and Culture Tours, and the Virtual Viewing Rooms at Frieze New York. And to feed the lockdown boredom, we have a feast of documentary suggestions, and some creative inspiration courtesy of the The Artist Support Pledge and The Isolation Art School. Believe it or not, but there are news stories in the art world that have nothing to do with Covid-19, and we found two of them. We discuss the controversial plans to demolish the buildings that host Picasso's murals in Oslo, and reviews of the 2020 BP Portrait Award winner and why people fixate on her label as a 'self taught' artist. This episode's Artist Focus is war artist Paul Nash. Best known for his striking modernist landscapes of the trenches, Nash was an official war artist in both World Wars. We discuss the changes in his works between the two wars, how witnessing death and destruction influenced his work, and his inter-war experimentation in Surrealism. SHOW NOTESPicasso on Paper at the Royal Academy: Warhol at the Tate Modern: Blake ‘We live in worrying times’ at Hastings Contemporary: Arts and Culture Tours: Virtual Viewing Room at Frieze New York: Matisse documentary: Miller - A Life on the Front Line documentary: Artist Support Pledge: visit @artistsupportpledge on Instagram The Isolation Art School: visit @isolationartschool on Instagram Grayson's Art Club on Channel 4: The Cel del Nord Virtual Residency:'s Murals in Oslo are at the Centre of a Major Controversy: Prachakul - Will Gompertz reviews BP Portrait Award Winner: Nash, The Landscape of Modernism, film: Propaganda, Power and Persuasion at the British Library:

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