Art Is Not A Spectator Sport



art history for the masses


  • Ep 22e: Where My Girls? (Bauhaus)

    22/03/2021 Duración: 41min

    “Any person of good repute without regard to age or sex whose previous education is deemed adequate by the Council of Masters will be permitted as far as space permits.” -Bauhaus admissions policy “The ceramics and weaving workshops are well on their way to becoming the hallmarks of the Bauhaus, if they’re not so already....

  • Ep 22d: Publicity (Bauhaus)

    14/02/2021 Duración: 27min

    Digital archive of the Bauhaus Books

  • Ep 22c: You’re a Customer (Bauhaus)

    27/12/2020 Duración: 38min

    “I believe it to be the best of all those I have made for such purposes [industrial manufacture].” -Otto Lindig “The new pieces are based on the basic stereometric forms, cubes and spheres, singly or combined they express their movement by their form, their value through their volume. The pawn and the rook move at...

  • Ep 22b: Form Follows Function (Bauhaus)

    05/12/2020 Duración: 29min

    “Whether it be the sweeping eagle in his flight or the open apple blossom, the toiling work horse, the blithe swan, the branching oak, the winding stream at its base, the drifting clouds over all the coursing sun, form ever follows function and this is the law. Where function does not change, form does not...

  • Ep 22a: You Must Learn (Bauhaus)

    26/08/2020 Duración: 26min We know a lot about what it was like to be a student there– there were parties every weekend, they had a Bauhaus band that would play, a lot of dancing. They had a festivals, monthly balls, huge feasts, so it had a very festive atmosphere. There was this feeling of spontaneity, they did...

  • Ep 21: Sicko Mode (Moretto’s St. Rochs)

    20/04/2020 Duración: 54min

    Masque of the Red Death online Hagiography of St. Roch in·ter·ces·sor/ ˈin(t)ərˌsesər/ noun a person who intervenes on behalf of another, especially by prayer. mon·strance /ˈmänstrəns/ noun (in the Roman Catholic Church) an open or transparent receptacle in which the consecrated Host is exposed for veneration. Quarant’Ore “intercessory powers on fleek” from: my notes Medieval...

  • Ep 20: Indiana (Thomas Hart Benton’s Indiana Murals)

    15/01/2020 Duración: 27min

    “A mural for me is a kind of emotional spree. The very thought of large spaces puts me in an exalted state of mind, strings up my energies, and heightens the color of the world. After I have gone through with my practical preparations, which are elaborate and occupy the major part of the time...

  • Ep 19: Dirty Money (Nan Goldin & the Opioid Epidemic)

    28/12/2019 Duración: 27min

    Images from The Ballad of Sexual Dependency: “My relationship to OxyContin began several years ago in Berlin. It was originally prescribed for surgery. Though I took it as directed I got addicted overnight. It was the cleanest drug I’d ever met. In the beginning, forty milligrams was too strong but as my habit grew there...

  • Ep 18e: Flossin’ (Las Meninas)

    07/10/2019 Duración: 20min

    For more on Foucault: Michel Foucault. The Order of Things: An Archaeology of the Human Sciences. Paris: Éditions Gallimard, 1966. Robert Wicks, “Using Artistic Masterpieces as Philosophical Examples: The Case of Las Meninas,” The Journal of Aesthetics and Art Criticism, Vol. 68, No. 3 (SUMMER 2010), pp. 259-272. Matthew Ancell, “The Theology of Painting: Picturing...

  • Ep 18d: King Sh*t (Las Meninas)

    11/09/2019 Duración: 21min

    Further reading: Joel Snyder, “’Las Meninas’ and the Mirror of the Prince,” Critical Inquiry, Vol. 11, No. 4 (Jun., 1985), pp. 539-572. Nanette Salomon, “A Woman’s Place: The Queen in ‘Las Meninas,’” Source: Notes in the History of Art, Vol. 4 No. 2/3 (Winter/Spring 1985), pp. 72-74. Amy M. Schmitter, “Picturing Power: Representation and Las...

  • Ep 18c: Status Symbol (Las Meninas)

    19/08/2019 Duración: 20min

    Many scholars have come to believe that Velázquez was here addressing the status of painting itself, and by extension, his own status in Spanish society. “In fact, Apelles was a person of great amenity of manners, a circumstance which rendered him particularly agreeable to Alexander the Great, who would often come to his studio. He...

  • Ep 18b: The Puzzle (Las Meninas)

    01/05/2019 Duración: 27min

    scumble | \ ˈskəm-bəl  transitive verb :  to make (something, such as color or a painting) less brilliant by covering with a thin coat of opaque or semiopaque color applied with a nearly dry brush “One of the transformative inventions of the Renaissance was linear, or scientific, perspective, sometimes called one-point or center-point perspective. The system is...

  • Ep 18a: Who? What! (Las Meninas)

    06/03/2019 Duración: 23min

    What type of painting is it? A self-portrait? A royal portrait? A genre painting or a scene of everyday life? Is this just a Spanish Baroque version of MTV Cribs? The composition creates an illusion of casualness, an illusion of spontaneity and mundanity, that is deceptive, because as anyone who has studied painting of this...

  • Ep 17: She Bad (Coatlicue)

    27/12/2018 Duración: 22min

    Meth bust news story. One day, Coatlicue was sweeping on the sacred mount of Coatepec, as was her wont, when a ball of eagle feathers fell from the sky. She picked it up and tucked it into her garments, after which it impregnated her. When her children discovered she was pregnant, they became angry, specifically...

  • Ep 16: Gospel (The Book of Kells)

    04/10/2018 Duración: 50min

    In 1007 the Book of Kells was stolen from the monastery at Kells and it was gone for two months and 20 nights, eventually found without its gold and with a sod over it. Vikings raided the monastery at Iona in 795. They burned the monastery in 802. Vikings attacked again in 806; 68 monks...

  • Ep 15: Apeshit

    20/07/2018 Duración: 56min

    Both Jay Z and Beyonce have referenced fine art and artists in their videos and publicity materials on many occasions, with Bey typically mining goddess and Virgin Mary imagery, while Jay favors modern and contemporary work, such as Picasso and Damian Hirst. Beyonce has had a tendency to use fine art allusions as analogues for...

  • Ep 14e: Ain’t It Funny (Duchamp’s Fountain)

    24/06/2018 Duración: 20min

    Duchamp had a choice. He could have chosen any object from the everyday world to submit to that show. He could have chosen a snow shovel, a bicycle wheel, or any of his other readymades. He chose a bathroom fixture. He chose something you pee in. And I’m sorry but pee and poop will never...

  • Ep 14d: Ready Made (Duchamp’s Fountain)

    28/05/2018 Duración: 30min

    Whether Mr. Mutt with his own hands made the fountain or not has no importance. He CHOSE it. He took an ordinary article of life, placed it so that its useful significance disappeared under the new title and point of view—created a new thought for that object. invenzione/invɛnˈt͡sjoːne/ noun a broad art term, introduced by...

  • Ep 14c: What They Do (Duchamp’s Fountain)

    06/05/2018 Duración: 30min

    to skip straight to Duchamp go to: 13:14 In the past couple of days there has emerged a conspiracy theory from several different people that this entire thing has been and continues to be an elaborate performance piece that Kanye is engaging in. The evidence used to prop up the theory that this is performance...

  • Ep 14b: The Choice is Yours (Duchamp’s Fountain)

    15/04/2018 Duración: 26min

    Church of Euthanasia aka when keepin’ it Dada goes wrong I do love Fountain, and I’m excited to talk about how dope it is, but my goal isn’t to get you to like it. Art history really isn’t about liking or disliking things. My hope is that by the end of this series, no matter...

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