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Courtauld’s Impressionists. Plus, Armenian treasures at the Met

9/20/2018
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How Samuel Courtauld’s collection ignited Britain’s passion for Impressionists. Plus, New York’s Metropolitan Museum looks at Armenia, the first country to convert to Christianity. Produced in association with Bonhams, auctioneers since 1793.

Duration:00:43:55

Van Gogh in the asylum. Plus, Christian Marclay on The Clock

9/13/2018
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We speak to our long-standing correspondent and expert on Van Gogh Martin Bailey on his new book, which tells the story of the artist’s life at the asylum at Saint-Paul-de-Mausole in Provence, southern France. He is joined by the art historian Martin Gayford, author of the Yellow House, a book on Van Gogh’s time in Arles. Later, Christian Marclay tells us about his ground-breaking work The Clock returns to London where it was created eight years ago.

Duration:00:47:51

Episode 39: All about biennials

7/5/2018
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We talk to Sally Tallant, the artistic director of the Liverpool Biennial, about the 10th edition, which opens next week. And Jane Morris, an editor-at-large of The Art Newspaper, joins Ben Luke to discuss whether we’ve reached “peak biennial”.

Duration:00:39:19

Episode 38: Marina Abramovic and Michael Jackson

6/28/2018
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We speak to the queen of performance art about casting herself in stone and to the National Portrait Gallery’s director Nicholas Cullinan about the king of pop’s influence on artists.

Duration:00:31:10

Episode 37: Art and football plus John Akomfrah interview

6/21/2018
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With the World Cup in full swing, we look at a London show exploring football as a cultural phenomenon with its co-curator Eddy Frankel, and talk to the British film-maker John Akomfrah about his exhibition at the New Museum, New York.

Duration:00:37:48

Episode 36: Berlin Biennale and Art Basel

6/14/2018
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We explore the two big European art world events of the past week: Arsalan Mohammad is in Berlin with the curator Serubiri Moses and the critic and curator Annika von Taube, and Ben Luke speaks to Melanie Gerlis, writer for the Financial Times and The Art Newspaper, on the line from Basel.

Duration:00:34:40

Episode 35: Freud, Bacon, Hockney and the post-war London scene; and Signals gallery

6/7/2018
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We talk to Martin Gayford about his book Modernists and Mavericks and sitting for portraits by Freud and Hockney. And we explore Kurimanzutto and Thomas Dane Gallery’s collaboration on a show celebrating the Signals gallery, where Latin American and European avant-gardes converged.

Duration:00:41:28

Episode 34: Venice Biennale for architecture, and the Brutalist social housing debate

5/31/2018
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Edwin Heathcote of the Financial Times reviews the Biennale, and Christopher Turner on his controversial exhibition focusing on Alison and Peter Smithson’s Robin Hood Gardens housing estate.

Duration:00:36:17

Episode 33: Absent friends: Howard Hodgkin's final paintings; Robert Indiana remembered

5/24/2018
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We talk to Antony Peattie, the music writer and partner of the late Howard Hodgkin and to Barbara Haskell, curator of Robert Indiana's 2013 retrospective at the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York.

Duration:00:33:16

Episode 32: The Royal Academy’s new project unveiled: David Chipperfield interview

5/17/2018
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The Academy’s £56m project opens, with subtle additions and revamps by the British architect. Chipperfield talks about the subtleties of architecture, the RA’s chief executive Charles Saumarez Smith discusses funding and the quirks of the institution and we review the buildings and its displays with Jane Morris.

Duration:00:44:50

Episode 31: The $646m Rockefeller sale. Plus: should big galleries subsidise smaller ones?

5/10/2018
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We drill down into the big numbers from the Post-Impressionist and Modern sale in New York, talk to Professor Rachel Pownall about the wider market and look at a small gallery housed in Piccadilly Circus Tube station.

Duration:00:45:52

Episode 30: All about Berlin

5/3/2018
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Our guest host Arsalan Mohammad takes us behind the scenes of Gallery Weekend Berlin and beyond, speaking to dealers and artists about the changing face and enduring appeal of one of the world's most creative cities.

Duration:00:42:20

Episode 29: Taryn Simon interview, and restoring a Renaissance masterpiece at the Met

4/26/2018
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We talk to the American artist about her acclaimed work staged in New York and now London, An Occupation of Loss. We hear from a curator and conservator at the Metropolitan Museum of Art about resurrecting Moretto da Brescia’s final great painting. And Louisa Buck and Ben Luke appraise the Turner Prize shortlist.

Duration:00:51:21

Episode 28: The battle over Ethiopia’s treasures

4/19/2018
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We speak to Hailemichael Aberra Afework, Ethiopia’s ambassador to the UK, about the treasures looted by the British army at Maqdala, go behind the scenes of the Sony Photography Award with judge Gareth Harris and speak to Richard Parry about his plans for Glasgow International.

Duration:00:34:11

Episode 27: The enduring appeal of enigmatic Beuys. Plus, lost masterpieces reborn

4/12/2018
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We hear from Adam Lowe of Factum Arte about a new TV series in which seven lost paintings are recreated using digital means, and speak to Norman Rosenthal and Thaddaeus Ropac about the enigmatic German artist Joseph Beuys

Duration:00:50:17

Episode 26: Christo interview, plus museum visitor figures

4/5/2018
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We speak to the Bulgarian-born artist about his grand project for the Serpentine, and look at our annual survey of visitor figures

Duration:00:46:38

Episode 25: Living with Leonardo da Vinci

3/27/2018
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Leonardo specialist Martin Kemp on decades spent in the company of the Renaissance master, plus the 300th edition of The Art Newspaper

Duration:00:40:59

Episode 24: Mural-gazing with the Dalai Lama, plus Michael Rakowitz

3/22/2018
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We speak to Thomas Laird about his new sumo-sized book on Tibetan murals, and to the artist creating the new work for the Fourth Plinth commission in London's Trafalgar Square.

Duration:00:43:46

Episode 23: The death of Venice?

3/15/2018
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Salvatore Settis talks about his new book, plus Tacita Dean on her three London shows

Duration:00:35:23

Episode 22: The genius of Picasso

3/8/2018
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We take a tour of Tate Modern's blockbuster and explore the strength of Picasso's market

Duration:00:37:02