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The Lonely Palette

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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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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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The. Best. Podcast. Ever.

By 42bean - Aug 09 2019
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While I am deeply interested in the subject matter, and while Tamar approaches and presents it in a clear, captivating, and innovative way, I would probably listen to any podcast she created. The production value is so high, and the combination of her excellent radio voice and the pace of each show is almost meditative, yet engaging at the same time. So thank you for this beautiful creation, and in the future if you produce The Lonely Beet, or The Lonely Housefly, I’ll probably listen to that to.

Challenging and Reassuring

By Leland P - Aug 07 2019
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If Ken Burns ever decides to do a 10hr doc on American artists, I hope he talks @lonelypalette into doing the narration. Avishai’s voice is deeply reassuring while challenging your preconceptions. If you haven’t heard, you’re missing out.

iTunes Ratings

431 Ratings
Average Ratings
412
7
3
4
5

The. Best. Podcast. Ever.

By 42bean - Aug 09 2019
Read more
While I am deeply interested in the subject matter, and while Tamar approaches and presents it in a clear, captivating, and innovative way, I would probably listen to any podcast she created. The production value is so high, and the combination of her excellent radio voice and the pace of each show is almost meditative, yet engaging at the same time. So thank you for this beautiful creation, and in the future if you produce The Lonely Beet, or The Lonely Housefly, I’ll probably listen to that to.

Challenging and Reassuring

By Leland P - Aug 07 2019
Read more
If Ken Burns ever decides to do a 10hr doc on American artists, I hope he talks @lonelypalette into doing the narration. Avishai’s voice is deeply reassuring while challenging your preconceptions. If you haven’t heard, you’re missing out.
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The Lonely Palette

Updated 4 days ago

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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.

Rank #1: Ep. 24 - Meditations on Mark Rothko

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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-rothko

Music 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.

Nov 21 2017

29mins

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Rank #2: Ep. 40 - Frida Kahlo's "Dos Mujeres (Salvadora y Herminia)" (1928)

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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-mujeres

Music 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:
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Jul 19 2019

37mins

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Rank #3: Ep. 38 - Wassily Kandinsky's "Untitled" (1922)

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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-1922

Music 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/lonelypalette

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Mar 28 2019

30mins

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Rank #4: Ep. 29 - Egon Schiele's "Nude Self-Portrait" (1910)

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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-1910

Music 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

Apr 27 2018

29mins

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Rank #5: Ep. 2 - Christian Boltanski's "Lumieres (blue square - Sylvie)" (2000)

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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-2000

Music 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”

May 24 2016

11mins

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Rank #6: Ep. 37 - Ansel Adams' "The Tetons and Snake River, Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming" (1942)

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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-1942

Music 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/lonelypalette

Sponsors:
www.thegreatcoursesplus.com/lonely www.visualartspassage.com

Mar 15 2019

31mins

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Rank #7: Ep. 4 - Edgar Degas' "Duchessa di Montejasi with Her Daughters, Elena and Camilla" (c. 1876)

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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-1876

Music 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”

Jun 21 2016

12mins

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Rank #8: Ep. 6 - Pablo Picasso's "Portrait of a Woman" (1910)

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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-1910

Music 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"

Jul 20 2016

15mins

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Rank #9: Ep. 16 - Vincent Van Gogh's "Postman Joseph Roulin" (1888)

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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-1888

Music 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"

Mar 29 2017

22mins

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Rank #10: Ep. 32 - René Magritte's "The Son of Man" (1964)

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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-1964

Music 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"

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Aug 28 2018

29mins

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Rank #11: Ep. 13 - Edward Hopper's "Room in Brooklyn" (1932)

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Welcome to Edward Hopper's specific, yet schematic, love letter to the alienation of the modern American city.

See the image: http://www.thelonelypalette.com/episodes/2016/12/28/episode-13-edward-hoppers-room-in-brooklyn-1932

Music used:

The Andrews Sisters, "Bei Mir Bist Du Schoen"
The Blue Dot Sessions, "Lacquer Groove", "In Passage", "Cats Eye", "Tranceless", "Simple Melody", "Flagger"
Joe Dassin, “Les Champs-Elysees”

Jan 03 2017

21mins

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Rank #12: Ep. 18 - JMW Turner's "The Slave Ship" (1840)

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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-1840

Music 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”

May 23 2017

23mins

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Rank #13: Ep. 21 - Mary Cassatt's "In the Loge" (1878)

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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-1878

Music 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

Sep 05 2017

25mins

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Rank #14: Ep. 12 - Jackson Pollock's "Number 10, 1949" (1949)

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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-10-1949-1949

Music 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”

Dec 13 2016

21mins

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Rank #15: Ep. 17 - Marcel Duchamp's "Fountain" (1917)

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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-fountain

Music 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”

Apr 18 2017

27mins

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Rank #16: Ep. 25 - Mission: Mona Lisa

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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-lisa
Music 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

Dec 22 2017

47mins

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Rank #17: Ep. 39 - Rembrandt van Rijn's "Portrait of Aeltje Uylenburgh" (1632)

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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-1632

Music 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/lonelypalette

Thanks to our episode sponsors:
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Jun 07 2019

31mins

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Rank #18: Ep. 3 - John Singleton Copley's "Portrait of Samuel Adams" (1772)

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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-1772

Tri-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)

Jun 07 2016

15mins

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Rank #19: Ep. 5 - Andy Warhol's "Red Disaster" (1962)

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Elbow-deep in trauma, Andy Warhol plays with repetition and bores us into action.

See the image: http://www.thelonelypalette.com/episodes/2016/7/5/episode-5-andy-warhols-red-disaster-1962

Music used:

Chris Zabriskie, “Cylinder Four”
The Andrews Sisters, "Bei Mir Bist Du Schoen"
Ketsa, “Catching Feathers”
The Blue Dot Sessions, “Drifting Spade”
Joe Dassin, “Les Champs-Elysees”
Paolo Pavan, “Blue Night Dance”

Jul 05 2016

12mins

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Rank #20: Ep. 31 - Hiroshi Sugimoto's "Byrd Theater, Richmond, 1993" (1993)

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Trying to capture time in art is like trying to pin a wave upon the sand or hold a moonbeam in your hand. So leave it to Japanese photographer Hiroshi Sugimoto to do it so effectively by taking us to the Golden Age of Cinema.

"Seeking Stillness" is on view at the MFA, Boston until September 3, 2018.

See the images:
http://www.thelonelypalette.com/episodes/2018/7/5/episode-31-hiroshi-sugimotos-byrd-theater-richmond-1993-1993

Music used:
The Andrews Sisters, "Bei Mir Bist Du Schoen"
The Blue Dot Sessions, "Cash Cow", "Aourourou", "A Little Powder", "Delicious", "Astrisx", "Bliste"
Joe Dassin, “Les Champs-Elysees"

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Jul 12 2018

31mins

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