Rank #1: No. 25: Making It in the Art World If You’re Not a Rich Kid
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?
Rank #2: No. 74: The State of the Art Market in 2018 So Far
Rank #3: No. 44: Who’s Afraid of Contemporary Art?
When did contemporary art start—and when will it end? Why was the art world split over Jay-Z’s show at Pace Gallery? And why are exhibition press releases so hard to understand?
Rank #4: No. 36: When Basquiat Is More Expensive Than Warhol
It set a record for the New York artist, who both joined the exclusive “$100 million-plus club” and displaced Andy Warhol as the most expensive American artist at auction in one fell swoop.
This week, we break down the sale—both what it means for Basquiat’s market going forward and whether it changes his place in the art-historical canon.
Rank #5: No. 23: What Does It Mean to Curate GIFs?
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
Rank #6: No. 71: What the Obama Portraits Tell Us about Art and Politics
Rank #7: No. 50: Why Rembrandt’s Night Watch Is So Famous
On this special 50th episode, we chart one painting’s rise to fame: The Night Watch (1642), Rembrandt van Rijn’s 17th-century masterwork. It's a centuries-long story that includes, among other things: a devastating bankruptcy, slanderous rumors, a swift rise to fame, and, at one point, Rembrandt’s iconic canvas slashed into ribbons.
To help us answer this question, we enlisted the help of a slew of experts: Rijksmuseum curator Pieter Roelofs, author Derek Thompson, Queen’s University professor Stephanie Dickey, executive vice president of the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Mariët Westermann, and artist Stefan Kasper.
Rank #8: No. 69: How Independent Curators Power the Art World
Rank #9: No. 37: Why Good Artists Make “Bad” Paintings
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?
Rank #10: No. 11: So What Is The Art Genome Project Anyway?
Read more: https://www.artsy.net/article/artsy-editorial-the-artsy-podcast-no-11-so-what-is-the-art-genome-project-anyway
Rank #11: No. 45: Why Artists Are Turning to Mysticism
This uptick comes amid a reexamination of ideas that were once associated with the countercultural movements of the 1960s and ’70s, including a second look at psychedelics. On this episode, we explore the wider history of shamanic practices across the globe—and how they’ve intersected with the art world throughout the decades.
Rank #12: No. 40: How Old Women Eclipsed Young Men in the Art World
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?
Rank #13: No. 34: Is Guernica Picasso's Most Important 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?
Rank #14: No. 41: Art and Censorship in the Age of Social Media
But those in the art world were particularly interested in the handful of slides detailing the social media giant’s policy on nudity in works of art. Facebook and Instagram have long been criticized for removing artwork containing nudity, a practice many interpret as censorship. On this episode, we dive into social media’s new role as the gatekeeper of what we see—and why fixing this system may prove to be impossible.
Rank #15: No. 62: The Myth of Jackson Pollock and the Masterpiece Created in One Night
This month on the Artsy Podcast, we’re translating four of our readers’ favorite art-historical stories into audio.
On this episode: the dramatic story behind Jackson Pollock’s largest painting, why it’s undoubtedly exaggerated—and why that doesn’t diminished its significance in the famed Abstract Expressionist’s oeuvre.
Rank #16: No. 58: What’s Driving Artists to Become More Professional?
On this episode, we’re joined by Heather Bhandari—co-author of the book Art/Work, a professional practices guide—to discuss the growing number of resources for artists looking to establish and run a successful practice.
Rank #17: No. 65: Can Pot Help Unlock Creative Potential?
On this episode, we posed the question to Aaron Lammer—musician and host of the Stoner podcast—in a conversation that ranges from the neuroscience of drug use to the habits of musicians, authors, and artists who incorporate marijuana into their practice.