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No. 25: Making It in the Art World If You’re Not a Rich Kid

This week, we’re rebroadcasting a favorite episode from earlier this year.As the New York Times recently reported, twenty-somethings pursuing a career in art and design are the most likely to receive financial assistance from parents; they also receive the largest sums.On this episode, we’re joined by Sandra Jackson-Dumont, chair of education at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and Naiomy Guerrero, creator of GalleryGirl.nyc, to discuss the role money plays in art world careers.How does the plethora of unpaid internships and low-paying jobs limit inclusivity? And what steps can we take to change the system?

26mins

19 Oct 2017

Rank #1

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No. 21: We Need to Rethink Feminist Art

With 2016 came a fever pitch of women-centric exhibitions, but are these shows still too narrow in representation? On this episode, we argue that the art world must embrace a feminism that transcends boundaries of race, gender, and class.

19mins

12 Jan 2017

Rank #2

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No. 13: We Still Need All-Female Group Shows

With the number of all-female group shows reaching a fever pitch this year, we ask: Are these exhibitions helping to redefine the art-historical canon? And do phrases like “pioneering” and “before her time” actually end up relegating female artists to the sidelines?Then, we turn to the fashion industry’s plagiarism problem. Multi-billion-dollar corporations like Zara and Forever 21 have increasingly been accused by artists of using their work on articles of clothing, accessories, and in ad campaigns without permission. We explain how social media can help artists fight back as much as it can hurt them.

23mins

22 Sep 2016

Rank #3

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No. 24: Why We Fund the Arts

This week, we discuss the broader ideological implications of the fight against the NEA and how the agency actually works with a meager budget to bring art across America—while also helping organizations raise the private dollars some think make the NEA superfluous. Later, we discuss the role arts funding plays in the broader economy and why the NEA could be more important to the art market than the Dow Jones.

23mins

3 Feb 2017

Rank #4

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No. 37: Why Good Artists Make “Bad” Paintings

The genre of “bad painting” is a slippery one. On this podcast, we discuss the label, which has been applied to a wide-ranging group of artists throughout the 20th and 21st centuries. What they share, wrote curator Eva Badura-Triska in an essay for the 2008 show “Bad Painting: Good Art” at the Museum of Modern Art in Vienna, is a refusal “to submit to artistic canons.” So what exactly does that mean? Though artists from Francis Picabia to Rene Magritte are among early practitioners of “bad painting,” can the label continue to exist today, when there are no singular artistic canons to reject?

18mins

1 Jun 2017

Rank #5

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No. 18: Does Size Matter?

A number of contemporary artists are turning to works of art that could fit easily in your palm or your pocket. But experiments with size aren’t new—on this episode, we delve into the history of miniature art, from the Victorian era through to today’s Instagram culture.

21mins

8 Dec 2016

Rank #6

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Bonus: How to Start Collecting Art

For the new collector, the proliferation of art fairs, galleries, and online marketplaces can be overwhelming to navigate. What’s the right way to break into collecting? (And what are the faux pas to avoid?) How exactly do gallerists determine the price of the work on display? And what’s the best place to buy art?

30mins

18 Apr 2017

Rank #7

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No. 34: Is Guernica Picasso's Most Important Work?

This year marks the 80th anniversary of Pablo Picasso’s Guernica, and on today’s episode we delve into the history of this iconic work. Originally created to memorialize the bombing of a defenseless town during the Spanish Civil War, the painting has since become a universal symbol for revolutionary struggles. But even with this significant legacy—is Guernica really Picasso’s most important work?

16mins

11 May 2017

Rank #8

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No. 69: How Independent Curators Power the Art World

Almost everything can be “curated” these days—playlists, outfits, gift baskets, even salads. So what does it really mean to be an independent curator? On this episode, we’re joined by curator Jacqueline Mabey to discuss the ups and downs of a career that’s not tied to a single institution.

30mins

14 Feb 2018

Rank #9

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No. 19: Unpacking the Moments That Defined Art This Year

This week, we break down the stories that made up “The Year in Art”—the most comprehensive overview of art in 2016. From a spate of museum expansions to the controversy surrounding artist Dread Scott’s flag that hung briefly outside a Chelsea gallery, we talk through the moments that defined art this year.

35mins

19 Dec 2016

Rank #10

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No. 23: What Does It Mean to Curate GIFs?

This week, we’re rebroadcasting a favorite episode from earlier this year.GIPHY’s community curator Ari Spool joins us to break down the process of curating artist-created GIFs. Is there a key to going viral? What do GIFs allow us to express that words might not? And how do these online images fit into centuries of fine art?Read more: https://www.artsy.net/article/artsy-editorial-giphy-artists-works-viewed-100-million-times

16mins

26 Aug 2017

Rank #11

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No. 28: Why This Year’s Whitney Biennial Is a Resounding Success

The Whitney Biennial’s 79th edition opens to the public on March 17th. It has been deemed a resounding success by many, managing to tackle America’s issues of race and class without gimmicks or oversimplification. On this episode, we discuss what curators Christopher Y. Lew and Mia Locks did right.

29mins

16 Mar 2017

Rank #12

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No. 40: How Old Women Eclipsed Young Men in the Art World

Minimalist painter Carmen Herrera sold her first artwork at age 89. Now, at age 102, her paintings fetch prices in the six digits. On today’s episode, we explore the growing demand for—and institutional presence of—long-overlooked women artists including Herrera, Carol Rama, and Irma Blank. How did these older, female artists push young men out of the art world spotlight?

23mins

29 Jun 2017

Rank #13

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No. 17: What’s in a Frame?

This week, we take you through the history of the frames market—from the 15th century, when a frame could be more valuable than the painting itself, to the 20th century, when their popularity and price tags dwindled with the rise of modern art.

17mins

22 Nov 2016

Rank #14

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No. 71: What the Obama Portraits Tell Us about Art and Politics

The official portraits of former United States President Barack Obama, painted by Kehinde Wiley, and former First Lady Michelle Obama, by Amy Sherald, were presented at the National Portrait Gallery in Washington, D.C. earlier this month. Upon unveiling, the portraits became two of the most widely-debated works of contemporary art in years. On this episode, we sat down with curator Eugenie Tsai and writer Antwaun Sargent to discuss the impact and legacy of these two historic portraits.

36mins

1 Mar 2018

Rank #15

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No. 43: You Can Thank These Women for Modern Art as We Know It

Who built the New York art world? Today, the scene is by and large dominated by men. But some of the most prestigious museums, galleries, and salons that fostered the city’s cultural scene in the 1920s and ’30s were founded by women like Peggy Guggenheim and Florine Stettheimer. In this episode, we explore their often-overlooked stories—and discuss why, despite their beginnings, these institutions have long been criticized for a gender gap across both their staffs and collections.

18mins

27 Jul 2017

Rank #16

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No. 29: Why Returning Nazi-Looted Art Isn’t So Simple

Over the course of World War II, the Nazi party stole hundreds of thousands of works of art. Today, more than seven decades after the end of the war, there are still some 100,000 artworks that are missing. On this episode, we discuss the restitution of Nazi-looted art—that is, the ways in which these works are returned (or, in some cases, not returned) to the heirs of the original owners.

25mins

30 Mar 2017

Rank #17

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No. 32: The Law Shaking Up the Art World

Does an artist have the legal right to protect the intangible messages of their artwork? That’s the question facing Arturo Di Modica, creator of Wall Street’s iconic bronze Charging Bull, which last month was joined by another, more diminutive bronze called Fearless Girl. Di Modica argues the addition—which stares down his bull—changes the message of his work and violates his legal rights.On this episode, we’re joined by two art lawyers to discuss the Visual Artist Rights Act, the U.S. law at the heart of Di Modica’s claim.

24mins

20 Apr 2017

Rank #18

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No. 20: Art World Resolutions for 2017

We finished 2016 with a look back at the year’s biggest moments in art. Now, in the first podcast of the new year, we look ahead to 2017 with a list of resolutions tailor-made for the art world. Whether it’s maintaining a genuine commitment to diversity or reimagining funding structures for artists, our editors delve into the ten things the art world should do differently this year.

27mins

5 Jan 2017

Rank #19

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No. 60: Why Robert Rauschenberg Erased a De Kooning

This month on the Artsy Podcast, we’re translating four of our readers’ favorite art-historical stories into audio.On this episode: how a young Robert Rauschenberg roped the admired Abstract Expressionist Willem de Kooning into his quest to make a drawing using only an eraser.

10mins

13 Dec 2017

Rank #20