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The Lonely Palette

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 anything and everything else that will make it as neat to you as it is to her. For more information, visit thelonelypalette.com | Twitter @lonelypalette | Instagram @thelonelypalette.

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Ep. 41 - Jan Van Eyck's "Arnolfini Portrait" (1434)

Whoever said the devil was in the details clearly had a thing for Northern Renaissance portraiture.See the images:http://www.thelonelypalette.com/episodes/2019/11/17/episode-41-jan-van-eycks-arnolfini-double-portrait-1434Music used:Django Reinhardt, “Django’s Tiger”The Andrews Sisters, "Bei Mir Bist Du Schoen"The Blue Dot Sessions, “Our Son the Potter,” “Bundt,” “Pacing,” “Secret Pocketbook,” “Oriel,” “Floretin Interlude”Poddington Bear, “Clay”Joe Dassin, “Les Champs-Elysees"Support the show:patreon.com/lonelypalette


30 Nov 2019

Rank #1

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Ep. 24 - Meditations on Mark Rothko

Whether you think Mark Rothko is the portal to spiritual transcendence or emotional-ambulance-chasing bunk, let's take the necessary time to explore his work without feeling like our souls are at stake.See the images:http://www.thelonelypalette.com/episodes/2017/11/20/episode-24-meditations-on-mark-rothkoMusic used:The Andrews Sisters, "Bei Mir Bist Du Schoen"The Blue Dot Sessions, "A Simple Blur", "Thematic", "Cases to Rest", "Plate Grayscale", "Drone Thistle," "Sage the Hunter"Dar Williams, "Mark Rothko Song"Joe Dassin, “Les Champs-Elysees"Support the show!www.patreon.com/lonelypalette. Our Year-End Listener Challenge is ON. Become a patr(e)on by December 15th and yours truly will produce an episode on "Dogs Playing Poker" because of course.


21 Nov 2017

Rank #2

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Ep. 38 - Wassily Kandinsky's "Untitled" (1922)

The later work of Russian ex-pat turned German Expressionist turned indispensable Bauhaus faculty member Wassily Kandinsky is a lot like the Bauhaus itself: a disparate collection of pieces parts that ends up assembling itself into a transparent, efficient, powerfully cohesive, form-follows-function whole.This episode was a collaboration with WBUR's Radio Open Source: check them out at radioopensource.org, and listen to their show on the Bauhaus Centennial on April 11, 2019 at 9:00pm EDT on 90.9 WBUR Boston.See the images:http://www.thelonelypalette.com/episodes/2019/3/24/episode-38-wasily-kandinskys-untitled-1922Music used:Django Reinhardt, “Django’s Tiger”Thelonious Monk, “Misterioso”The Andrews Sisters, "Bei Mir Bist Du Schoen"The Blue Dot Sessions, “Highway 94”, “Boston Landing”, “Junca”, “Unfolding Plot”, “Micro”, “Betty Dear”Joe Dassin, “Les Champs-Elysees"Support the show:www.patreon.com/lonelypaletteEpisode sponsor:www.shedunnitshow.com


28 Mar 2019

Rank #3

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Ep. 37 - Ansel Adams' "The Tetons and Snake River, Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming" (1942)

Let's explore America the Beautiful, the Complicated, and the Contradictory, where a purple mountain has no sense of its own majesty, through the lens of the quintessential dorm room poster photographer Ansel Adams.See the images:http://www.thelonelypalette.com/episodes/2019/3/8/episode-37-ansel-adams-the-tetons-and-snake-river-grand-teton-national-park-wyoming-1942Music used:Django Reinhardt, “Django’s Tiger”The Andrews Sisters, "Bei Mir Bist Du Schoen"The Blue Dot Sessions, “Vibrant Canopy”, “Bridgewalker”, “The Yards”, “Silver Lanyard”, “Velvet Ladder” Tamar Avishai, “Michigan”Joe Dassin, “Les Champs-Elysees" Support the show!www.patreon.com/lonelypaletteSponsors:www.thegreatcoursesplus.com/lonely www.visualartspassage.com


15 Mar 2019

Rank #4

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Ep. 39 - Rembrandt van Rijn's "Portrait of Aeltje Uylenburgh" (1632)

It isn't 17th century Dutch art if we're not going so deep into Rembrandt's soul and so close to the meticulous details of his virtuosic portraiture that we make the guards nervous.See the images:http://www.thelonelypalette.com/episodes/2019/5/23/episode-39-rembrandt-van-rijns-portrait-of-aeltje-uylenburgh-1632Music used:Django Reinhardt, “Django’s Tiger”The Andrews Sisters, "Bei Mir Bist Du Schoen"The Blue Dot Sessions, “Lovers Hollow” “Tailrunner,” “Entwined Oddity,” “Lupi,” “Thannoid,” “Camp Fermin”Joe Dassin, “Les Champs-Elysees"Support the show!www.patreon.com/lonelypaletteThanks to our episode sponsors:www.thegreatcourses.com/lonely www.visualartspassage.com


7 Jun 2019

Rank #5

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

Christian Boltanski tackles memory and death. We tackle Christian Boltanski.See the image: http://www.thelonelypalette.com/episodes/2016/5/18/episode-2-christian-boltanskis-lumieres-blue-square-sylvie-2000Music used:The Blue Dot Sessions, “That Horse Ithica”, “The Terrarium”, “That River Wide”The Andrews Sisters, "Bei Mir Bist Du Schoen"Joe Dassin, “Les Champs-Elysees”Tri-Tachyon, “Little Lily Swing”


24 May 2016

Rank #6

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Ep. 32 - René Magritte's "The Son of Man" (1964)

Ever have a day when you just feel a little... blocked? Well, sure as God made little green apples, Surrealist René Magritte feels you.See the images:http://www.thelonelypalette.com/episodes/2018/8/24/episode-32-ren-magrittes-son-of-man-1964Music used:Django Reinhardt, "Django's Tiger"The Andrews Sisters, "Bei Mir Bist Du Schoen"The Blue Dot Sessions, "Roundpine", "Borough", "Building The Sled", "Rate Sheet", "Lick Stick", "Pull Beyond Pull"Joe Dassin, “Les Champs-Elysees"Sponsors:http://www.danasaylor.com/retreat http://www.thegreatcoursesplus.com/lonelySupport the show!www.patreon.com/lonelypalette


28 Aug 2018

Rank #7

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Ep. 29 - Egon Schiele's "Nude Self-Portrait" (1910)

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?See the image:http://www.thelonelypalette.com/episodes/2018/4/23/episode-29-egon-schieles-nude-self-portrait-1910Music used:The Andrews Sisters, "Bei Mir Bist Du Schoen"The Blue Dot Sessions, "Taoudella", "Fifteen Street", "Smooth Stone", "Scraper", "Then A Gambling Problem", "Warm Fingers", "Chrome and Wax"Support the show:www.patreon.com/lonelypalette


27 Apr 2018

Rank #8

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HiatusEp 0.5 - Hub & Spoke Presents: Culture Hustlers

The Lonely Palette is on break until November 2019, so every Wednesday in October, a different Hub & Spoke producer will take the host's chair to present an episode of their show that Tamar is especially fond of. Enjoy this month's podcast petri dish of art, culture, history, and society, and subscribe to any and all Hub & Spoke shows at www.hubspokeaudio.org.This week:Lucas Spivey's Culture Hustlers is a podcast for artists who mean business. This episode takes us to Art Prize in Grand Rapids, Michigan, and specifically to winner Le'Andra Leseur turned a $5k grant into a $200k installation. Originally from the Bronx, Atlanta and currently in Jersey, Le'Andra got her bachelors in business on a basketball scholarship, but returned to get her BFA in photography. Her work embodies the pain, the power, and the beauty of #blacklivesmatter.Listen to Culture Hustlers at www.themobileincubator.com/dispatches, or wherever you get your podcasts.Listen to The Lonely Palette archives!www.thelonelypalette.com/episodesSupport The Lonely Palette!www.patreon.com/lonelypalette


30 Oct 2019

Rank #9

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Ep. 40 - Frida Kahlo's "Dos Mujeres (Salvadora y Herminia)" (1928)

In which we go beneath the flowers, the unibrow, the broken body, and the shadow of her marriage, to reframe the fame of Frida Kahlo: the Cult Icon of Humanness.See the images:http://www.thelonelypalette.com/episodes/2019/7/14/episode-40-frida-kahlos-dos-mujeresMusic used:Django Reinhardt, “Django’s Tiger”The Andrews Sisters, "Bei Mir Bist Du Schoen"The Blue Dot Sessions, “Jat Poure,” “Li Fonte,” “Clouds at the Gap,” “Master,” “When the Guests Have Left,” “Curiously and Curiously,” “Thread Ceylon,” “Gondola Blue”Tinpan Orange, “Song for Frida Kahlo”Support the show:www.patreon.com/lonelypaletteEpisode sponsors:www.thegreatcourses.com/lonely www.visualartspassage.com/palette


19 Jul 2019

Rank #10

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Ep. 16 - Vincent Van Gogh's "Postman Joseph Roulin" (1888)

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 course!See the image: http://www.thelonelypalette.com/episodes/2017/3/27/episode-16-vincent-van-goghs-postman-joseph-roulin-1888Music used:The Andrews Sisters, "Bei Mir Bist Du Schoen"The Blue Dot Sessions, "Step In Step Out", "Scratcher", "Over the Fence", "Scalloped", "On Belay"Lee Rosevere, "Curiosity"Joe Dassin, “Les Champs-Elysees”Podington Bear, "A1 Rogue"


29 Mar 2017

Rank #11

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Ep. 25 - Mission: Mona Lisa

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 bring you a super-sized episode on a super-sized love affair with a dinky little portrait.See the images:http://www.thelonelypalette.com/episodes/2017/12/17/episode-25-mission-mona-lisaMusic used:The Andrews Sisters, "Bei Mir Bist Du Schoen"The Blue Dot Sessions, "Tar and Spackle", "Welcome Home Sonny", "Caprese", "Tiny Putty", "Festering", "Inamorata", "Sunset at Sandy Isle", "Spins and Never Falls"Nat King Cole, "Mona Lisa"Support the show!www.patreon.com/lonelypalette


22 Dec 2017

Rank #12

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Ep. 6 - Pablo Picasso's "Portrait of a Woman" (1910)

You think your seven-year-old could paint this indecipherable abstract Cubist painting? Well, it's not abstract, it's totally understandable, and... he couldn't.See the image: http://www.thelonelypalette.com/episodes/2016/7/19/episode-6-pablo-picassos-portrait-of-a-woman-1910Music used:Paolo Pavan, “Blue Night Dance”The Andrews Sisters, "Bei Mir Bist Du Schoen"The Blue Dot Sessions, "Balti", "The Rampart", "Steadfast", "Beast on the Soil"Joe Dassin, “Les Champs-Elysees”Heftone Banjo Orchestra, "Peaceful Henry"


20 Jul 2016

Rank #13

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Ep. 45 - Georgia O'Keeffe's "Deer's Skull with Pedernal" (1936)

The Lonely Palette is currently the podcast-in-residence at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, highlighting five objects from the ongoing exhibition "Women Take the Floor."This week: there's no better way to combat a world holding its breath than with a deep lungful of fresh Southwestern air, care of America's most misattributed painter of vagina flowers, Georgia O'Keeffe.See the images:http://bit.ly/39QXvsJMusic used:Lobo Lobo, “Old Ralley”The Blue Dot Sessions, “Cold and Hard,” “Georgia Overdrive,” “Towboat Theme,” “Noe Noe,” “Raskt Landsby,” “Watercool Quiet,” “Cottonwoods”The Nields, “Georgia O”Exhibition site:https://www.mfa.org/exhibition/women-take-the-floorSupport the show:www.patreon.com/lonelypalette


15 Mar 2020

Rank #14

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

So. It appears that art history has a woman problem.See the image:http://www.thelonelypalette.com/episodes/2017/9/5/episode-21-mary-cassatts-in-the-loge-1878Music used:The Andrews Sisters, "Bei Mir Bist Du Schoen"The Blue Dot Sessions, "Waterborne", "Pat Dog", "Partly Sage", "Illway", "Turning to You", "Horizon Liner", "Soothe"Joe Dassin, “Les Champs-Elysees”Support the show!www.patreon.com/lonelypalette


5 Sep 2017

Rank #15

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

Hey! You there! Don't walk by this seemingly-boring painting. You might miss the 19th century.See the image: http://www.thelonelypalette.com/episodes/2016/6/21/episode-4-edgar-degas-duchessa-di-montejasi-with-her-daughters-elena-and-camilla-c-1876Music used:Reynold Philipsek, "Intro and Nuages" (Django Reinhardt cover)The Andrews Sisters, "Bei Mir Bist Du Schoen"The Blue Dot Sessions, “A Burst of Light”, “The Silver Hatch” Lee Rosevere, “Wandering”Joe Dassin, “Les Champs-Elysees”Chris Zabriskie, “Cylinder Four”


21 Jun 2016

Rank #16

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

While John Singleton Copley is busying himself with past and present art historical styles, Samuel Adams is getting all up in your biz.See the image: http://www.thelonelypalette.com/episodes/2016/6/2/episode-3-john-singleton-copleys-portrait-of-samuel-adams-1772Tri-Tachyon, “Little Lily Swing”The Blue Dot Sessions, “Decompression”, “Turning on the Lights”Velella Velella, “Hard Egg Timer”The Andrews Sisters, "Bei Mir Bist Du Schoen"Joe Dassin, “Les Champs-Elysees”Reynold Philipsek, "Intro and Nuages" (Django Reinhardt cover)


7 Jun 2016

Rank #17

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

Because it's hard to look directly into the sun. Or yourself.See the image: http://www.thelonelypalette.com/episodes/2017/5/22/episode-18-jmw-turners-the-slave-ship-1840Music used:The Andrews Sisters, "Bei Mir Bist Du Schoen"The Blue Dot Sessions, "Sunday Lights", "Town Market", "Rapids", "Liptis", "Ballast", "Masonry"Joe Dassin, “Les Champs-Elysees”


23 May 2017

Rank #18

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Ep. 17 - Marcel Duchamp's "Fountain" (1917)

On the occasion of its hundredth birthday, we dive into the art world's greatest joke (splash!).See the images:http://www.thelonelypalette.com/episodes/2017/4/17/episode-17-marcel-duchamps-fountainMusic Used:Podington Bear, "A1 Rogue", "In My Head"The Andrews Sisters, "Bei Mir Bist Du Schoen"The Blue Dot Sessions, "In The Back Room", "Rafter", "FasterFasterBrighter", "Nesting", "Lamplist"Joe Dassin, “Les Champs-Elysees”


18 Apr 2017

Rank #19

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

Dust off your verbs, it's time to make sense out of chaos.See the image: http://www.thelonelypalette.com/episodes/2016/11/30/episode-12-jackson-pollocks-10-1949-1949Music used:Eric Dolphy, "Out To Lunch"The Andrews Sisters, "Bei Mir Bist Du Schoen"The Blue Dot Sessions, "Parade Shoes", "Inessential", "City Limits", "Lacquer Groove"Joe Dassin, “Les Champs-Elysees”


13 Dec 2016

Rank #20