Art Attack with Lizy Dastin and Justin BUA is a new kind of art podcast—engaging, informed, accessible and raw. Join artist BUA and art historian Lizy as they debate topical artworld happenings, bringing their unique—often contradictory—perspectives to the conversation. BUA is an internationally distinguished painter, television personality, writer, entrepreneur and teacher. He is perhaps best known for his renderings of often-overlooked characters that define the urban landscape; for instance, his iconic image, The DJ, has become one of the most celebrated and reproduced prints of all time. BUA has roots in the graffiti scene in New York City, co-created and hosted the Street Art Throwdown competition series for the Oxygen Network, and has published two acclaimed books, The Beat of Urban Art and The Legends of Hip Hop, through Harper Collins. Lizy Dastin is an Art History instructor at UCLAx and Santa Monica College with a focus on contemporary art and urban practice. She has previously taught at Chapman University, The American Jewish University, Mercy College and the School of Visual Arts and has worked on curatorial projects at the Metropolitan Museum, the International Center of Photography and the Whitney Museum of American Art. Lizy, founder of street art information hub Art and Seeking, is a passionate advocate of street art and its makers and is committed to creating a digital archive of this otherwise ephemeral practice.
This is Not a Magritte Episode
25:19The work of René Magritte's is so iconic that one of his apple paintings inspired Paul McCartney to name the Beatles' company Apple Corps., which, in turn, inspired Steve Jobs to name his burgeoning computer company, Apple. Join our hosts as they explore the conceptual brilliance and paradoxical mystery of Magritte.
27:06NFTs, or non-fungible tokens, are in their relative infancy, but nevertheless taking the artworld by storm. Are these digital, object-less works a tech fad or do they indicate the expansive possibilities of what art can be? Join our hosts as they try to better understand this new frontier.
Art & Addiction
34:12Across the art spectra, there is unfortunately a correlative connection between artists and addiction or addictive behavior. From Henri Toulouse-Lautrec, to Mark Rothko to Nan Goldin, some of the most insightful creatives have suffered from addictions that not only affected them personally, but also informed the aesthetic of their art. Join our hosts, and their special guest, licensed therapist and expert in addition, Marnie Zang Katularu, as they try and unravel the relationship between art and addiction.
The Ballad of Yoko Ono
40:56Biography often plays an integral role in how any given artist is historicized; however, in the case of Yoko Ono, that biography hasn't done her much service. Credited with breaking up the Beatles, Ono's relationship with John Lennon has unfortunately eclipsed her prolific, provocative and profound career as a conceptual artist. Join our hosts as they discuss and debate Ono's work and legacy.
Que Serra, Serra
33:42The sculptures and public artworks of post-Minimalist Richard Serra are dazzling in their massive scale and quietly contemplative in their aesthetic simplicity. Join our hosts as they discuss Serra's sculptural innovations, public art controversies and the ways in which he activates viewers through an experiential design.
Art in the Wake of Pandemics
27:06With the terrifying outbreak of COVID-19, we're all living in a new reality. Pandemics; however, are not new and have, throughout history, generated hopeful, helpful and life-saving artistic responses. Join our hosts as they discuss a panoply of art that has emerged from pandemics ranging from the Bubonic Plague to the Spanish influenza to the HIV/AIDS epidemic to the Ebola virus.
Photography: the Real Beginnings
30:21It's widely written that photography was "invented" by Louis Daguerre in 1839; however, nothing has such a clear or clean origin story. Join our hosts as they dissect the very beginnings of photography: how it was invented when it was, who used this new medium, why that matters and who actually invented it.
Down for Dali
34:59Salvador Dalí is one of history's most iconic, ironic, illogical, irreverent, and integral artists. Best known for his melting clocks and curvy mustache, Dalí created masterful surrealistic landscapes that unlock the collective unconscious and speak to our most intimate and vulnerable anxieties. Join our hosts as they attempt to decode the ultimately unknowable paintings and persona of Dalí.
Ai Weiwei Go!
29:39Chinese artist Ai Weiwei is arguably the most vehemently anti-authoritarian living artist. In his work across media, Ai tackles the tropes of history, surveillance, abuse of power, and what it means to test the limits of freedom. Regarding this last theme, the artist’s work and life have overlapped. Ai, critical of the Chinese government’s stance on democracy and human rights, has proactively investigated governmental corruption and cover-ups in his work, getting arrested for 81 days in the process. Join our hosts as they explore the work, the provocations and the activism.
Art in Nature, Nature as Art
31:47In the late 1960s, artists began to expand the parameters of art in exciting ways: what it can look like, what it can be made from, where it can be located. Many took to nature--or took materials from nature--to better integrate the world, and concept of impermanence, into art. Join our hosts as they journey through their favorite land art creations.