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The Bold Colors of Paul Gauguin

Marcia B. Hall — Paul Gauguin sought to express his sense of spirituality in his paintings. Weary with the materialism of sophisticated European society, he escaped to the South Seas in his search. As a very young child he had spent five years in Peru, then as a teenager traveled

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Ep. 75 – Charleston Fancy

In this conversation with eminent architectural critic Witold Rybczynski, we discuss some fascinating and truly unique architecture and urban development projects in one the most beautiful cities in the U.S., Charleston, South Carolina. Subscribe: Apple Podcasts | Stitcher | Spotify | Soundcloud

Ep. 73 – Mughal Architecture Including—and Beyond—the Taj Mahal

The Taj Mahal is deserving of its role as one of the most famous and recognizable buildings in the world; Professor Chanchal Dadlani explains why subsequent architecture, from the later years of the Mughal Empire, deserve our attention, as well. Subscribe:Apple Podcasts | Stitcher | Spotify | Soundcloud

The Avant-garde and the New Typography

Paul Stirton– “The New Typography builds on the findings of Russian Suprematism, Dutch Neoplasticism, and especially that of Constructivism.” –Jan Tschichold, 1928 The sources of modernist graphic design can be found in the various avant-garde art movements that aimed to “liberate” text from the dry conventions of traditional typography. Cubist,

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Modernism’s Other Tapestry

K. L. H. Wells — Full is a tapestry that is instantly recognizable as a work by Josef Albers, who is best known for his series Homage to the Square. Like the paintings and prints in that series, this tapestry presents a set of nested squares in deeply saturated hues

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Ep. 71 – Lina Bo Bardi

A conversation with Zeuler Lima about the extraordinary Brazilian architect, designer, illustrator, writer, editor, and curator Lina Bo Bardi. Lima’s book, Lina Bo Bardi, is newly out in paperback. Subscribe:Apple Podcasts | Stitcher | Spotify | Soundcloud

Q&A with Denise Murrell, author of Posing Modernity

Yale University Press: Posing Modernity began as a term paper that became a dissertation and has now become both an exhibition and a book.  What changes or shifts in focus have you encountered since you started the project? Denise Murrell: The main change was to shape the initially academic project

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Meet the innovative printmaker, Rembrandt van Rijn

Timothy J. Standring– Rembrandt van Rijn was the Alfred Hitchcock of the Golden Age of Dutch painters.  Like the British director—who made cameo appearances in many of his films—Rembrandt placed himself in his compositions: as a mendicant, as a helper who holds the arm of Christ in the Descent from

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Destabilizing the Image: An Andy Warhol Retrospective

Interview with Donna De Salvo by David Ebony New art’s never new when it’s done. . . It’s not new art. You don’t know it’s new. You don’t know what it is. It doesn’t become new until about ten years later, because then it looks new. — Andy Warhol, The

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Marcel Duchamp and the Museum    

Matthew Affron–                       Marcel Duchamp had a large role in his own enshrinement at the Philadelphia Museum of Art. He helped the Los Angeles collectors Walter and Louise Arensberg to form their outstanding holdings of modern art, including the largest, most

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