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A University Art Professor embarks on a journey far away from the ivory tower of academia to discover what the contemporary visual art world is all about. A taboo-free place where artistic curiosity meets a rebellious attitude – The Wise Fool Art Podcast is a show full of wit with some of the most interesting conversations you did not even know you wanted to hear. Curated by Matthew Dols and though he is an academic, this podcast is as far from academic as possible – anyone with an open mind and in interest in creativity is welcome along for the ride. Episodes every Tuesdays and Thursdays

A University Art Professor embarks on a journey far away from the ivory tower of academia to discover what the contemporary visual art world is all about. A taboo-free place where artistic curiosity meets a rebellious attitude – The Wise Fool Art Podcast is a show full of wit with some of the most interesting conversations you did not even know you wanted to hear. Curated by Matthew Dols and though he is an academic, this podcast is as far from academic as possible – anyone with an open mind and in interest in creativity is welcome along for the ride. Episodes every Tuesdays and Thursdays

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Czech Republic

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A University Art Professor embarks on a journey far away from the ivory tower of academia to discover what the contemporary visual art world is all about. A taboo-free place where artistic curiosity meets a rebellious attitude – The Wise Fool Art Podcast is a show full of wit with some of the most interesting conversations you did not even know you wanted to hear. Curated by Matthew Dols and though he is an academic, this podcast is as far from academic as possible – anyone with an open mind and in interest in creativity is welcome along for the ride. Episodes every Tuesdays and Thursdays

Twitter:

@wisefoolpod

Language:

English


Episodes

Yining He - Curator, Writer + Researcher (China)

5/25/2022
We discussed: Covid in China, censorship, benefits of art competitions, Funding for the Arts, working collaboratively, life goals, career goals, classism, being a parent http://www.heyining.com People + Places mentioned: Singapore International Photography Festival - https://sipf.sg Pro Helvetia - https://prohelvetia.cn Goethe Institute - https://www.goethe.de PhotoFairs Shanghai - https://www.photofairs.org Ruben Lundgren - https://www.rubenlundgren.com China Port Museum -...

Duration:00:50:45

Retrospective: Next Generation

5/23/2022
This is #10 of a 10 part inquiry into the lives and experiences of 11 people who got the same Masters of Fine Arts, though in various disciplines, from the same institution (the San Francisco Art Institute) in 2001. and 20 years of reflection and experiences post graduation. I am calling the series 'Retrospective'. In this episode we discussed the outlook and impressions of the next generation of young artists. You will hear conversations with my fellow graduates (in no particular order):...

Duration:00:37:29

Monica Suder, Creative Coach (Germany + USA)

5/18/2022
We discussed: blindspots, the difficulty of being original, conceptual art, beauty and aesthetics, the romanticised artist lifestyle, knowing what you don't want, bureaucracy in the arts, portfolio reviews, artist statements, synchronicity, the importance of artists websites http://www.monicasuder.com People + Place mentioned: Magnum - https://www.magnumphotos.com Time Life Books - https://timelife.com Rolling Stone - https://www.rollingstone.com Idris Khan -...

Duration:01:12:50

Retrospective: The Art World Today

5/16/2022
This is #9 of a 10 part inquiry into the lives and experiences of 11 people who got the same Masters of Fine Arts, though in various disciplines, from the same institution (the San Francisco Art Institute) in 2001. and 20 years of reflection and experiences post graduation. I am calling the series 'Retrospective'. In this episode we discussed their perspectives on the current state of the Art world today. (recorded between November 2021 and January 2022) You will hear conversations with my...

Duration:00:37:02

Laura Noble, Gallerist, Artist, Writer + Curator, L A Noble Gallery (UK)

5/11/2022
We discussed: taking time to reflect, adversity breeds creativity, writing in journals, why we lie, privilege, nepotism, why she sells photography, portfolio reviews, the benefits of phone calls, why art collectors choose what they collect, digital storage, white cotton gloves, art speak, digital printing, print editions, not making assumptions. https://www.lauraannnoble.com People + Places mentioned: Diane Arbus - https://fraenkelgallery.com/artists/diane-arbus Rinko Kawauchi -...

Duration:01:38:56

Retrospective: Tenacity

5/9/2022
This is #8 of a 10 part inquiry into the lives and experiences of 11 people who got the same Masters of Fine Arts, though in various disciplines, from the same institution (the San Francisco Art Institute) in 2001. and 20 years of reflection and experiences post graduation. I am calling the series 'Retrospective'. In this episode I we discussed the need for tenacity in your art career. having a career in the Arts is a marathon, not a sprint. You will hear conversations with my fellow...

Duration:00:49:32

Philip Davydov, Iconographer (Russia)

5/4/2022
We discussed: rules in icon writing, gold vs silver, painting vs writing icons, making your own pigment, teaching iconography, signing your art, the affect of light sources on icons, commissions. https://www.sacredmurals.com People + Places mentioned: Tretyakov Gallery - https://www.tretyakovgallery.ru Audio engineering by Mickey at CushAudio Services Music by Peat Biby Supported in part by: EEA Grants from Iceland, Liechtenstein + Norway – https://eeagrants.org And we appreciate the...

Duration:01:06:31

Retrospective: Family + Balance

5/2/2022
This is #7 of a 10 part inquiry into the lives and experiences of 11 people who got the same Masters of Fine Arts, though in various disciplines, from the same institution (the San Francisco Art Institute) in 2001. and 20 years of reflection and experiences post graduation. I am calling the series 'Retrospective'. In this episode we discussed the choice (or not) to have a family and the desire for finding balance in your life and career. You will hear conversations with my fellow graduates...

Duration:00:38:43

Helén Petersen, Administrative Director of Artist Residency, Sunnhordland Museum (Norway)

4/27/2022
We discussed: how they choose residency participants, role of an artist residency, writing artist text, sponsorship, funding, finding time and space to be creative, portfolio reviews, tenacity, constructive feedback https://sunnhordland.museum.no/kunstneropphold/ https://helenpetersenfotografi.com People + Places mentioned: Les Rencontres Internationales de la photographie d’Arles - https://www.rencontres-arles.com Audio engineering by Mickey at CushAudio Services Music by Peat Biby...

Duration:01:02:03

Retrospective: Goals + Success

4/25/2022
This is #6 of a 10 part inquiry into the lives and experiences of 11 people who got the same Masters of Fine Arts, though in various disciplines, from the same institution (the San Francisco Art Institute) in 2001. and 20 years of reflection and experiences post graduation. I am calling the series 'Retrospective'. In this episode we discussed career goals and the evolving definition of success in an art career. You will hear conversations with my fellow graduates (in no particular order):...

Duration:00:36:03

Vanessa Hallett, Worldwide Head of Photographs + Deputy Chairwoman, Americas at Phillips

4/20/2022
We discussed: side hustles, alumni lists, internships, building networks, not all art collectors are the same, how art is valued, print editions, the need to create demand, provenance, certificates of authenticty, signatures, connoisseurship, how to plan an auction, online art auctions, learning what you do not want to do is as important as knowing what you do want to do. https://www.phillips.com People + Places mentioned: Peabody Essex Museum - https://www.pem.org Sotheby's Institute of Art...

Duration:01:06:19

Retrospective: Building a community

4/18/2022
This is #5 of a 10 part inquiry into the lives and experiences of 11 people who got the same Masters of Fine Arts, though in various disciplines, from the same institution (the San Francisco Art Institute) in 2001. and 20 years of reflection and experiences post graduation. I am calling the series 'Retrospective'. In this episode we discussed the benefits of building networks and communities. You will hear conversations with my fellow graduates (in no particular order): Ricardo Rivera -...

Duration:01:20:38

Jennifer Yoffy, Publisher, Yoffy Press (USA)

4/13/2022
We discussed: how to get people to buy art, running a non-profit / NGO, book fairs, reputation vs brand, the story behind the art, the cost of books, not being difficult to work with, book distribution http://www.yoffypress.com People + Places mentioned: Alec Soth - https://alecsoth.com Magnum square print sales - https://www.magnumphotos.com/shop/collections/square-prints/ Steidl - https://steidl.de Audio engineering by Mickey at CushAudio Services Music by Peat Biby Supported in part by:...

Duration:00:50:54

Retrospective: Career Paths

4/11/2022
This is #4 of a 10 part inquiry into the lives and experiences of 11 people who got the same Masters of Fine Arts, though in various disciplines, from the same institution (the San Francisco Art Institute) in 2001. and 20 years of reflection and experiences post graduation. I am calling the series 'Retrospective'. In this episode we discussed the various career paths that getting an MFA offered. You will hear conversations with my fellow graduates (in no particular order): Ricardo Rivera -...

Duration:00:56:00

Magali Avezou, Curator, archipelago (UK + France)

4/6/2022
We discussed: artistic discipline in the 21st century, curating photography, contemporary photography, interdisciplinary art, subjectivity, the evolution on photography, beauty in art, the importance of text with your artwork, artist statements, the responsibilities of artists https://archipelagoprojects.com People + Places mentioned: Trevor Paglen - https://www.pacegallery.com/artists/trevor-paglen/ Hito Steyerl - https://www.moma.org/artists/43752 Gerhard Richter -...

Duration:00:41:40

Retrospective: Cost of Education

4/4/2022
This is #3 of a 10 part inquiry into the lives and experiences of 11 people who got the same Masters of Fine Arts, though in various disciplines, from the same institution (the San Francisco Art Institute) in 2001. and 20 years of reflection and experiences post graduation. I am calling the series 'Retrospective'. In this episode I wanted to learn about how they paid for their education and how that affected them over the last 20 years. You will hear conversations with my fellow graduates...

Duration:00:28:22

Mark Sink, Photographer (USA)

3/30/2022
We discussed: white washed history, family heritage, legacy planning, reverse technologist, jealousy, being a portraitist, plastic cameras, the problems with Adobe subscription software, art movements are always groups of artists, portfolio reviews, the sense of play, the importance of the concept, collage, upgrading your scanned archives https://www.gallerysink.com People + Places mentioned: Samuel Morse -...

Duration:01:38:15

Retrospective: Feeling prepared after graduation

3/28/2022
This is #2 in a 10 part inquiry into the lives and experiences of 11 people who got the same Masters of Fine Arts, though in various disciplines, from the same institution (the San Francisco Art Institute) in 2001. and 20 years of reflection and experiences post graduation. I am calling the series 'Retrospective'. In this episode I wanted to know how prepared they felt for the art world after graduation. You will hear conversations with my fellow graduates (in no particular order): Ricardo...

Duration:00:58:19

LaiSun Keane, Gallerist (USA)

3/23/2022
We discussed: the power of your community, racism in the art world, virtual art galleries, 3d rendering of artwork, online art sales, data points to help with art sales, objective criticism, how she chooses artists to represent, NFT's, post pandemic art world, art fairs, the increased speed of the art world because of social media https://www.laisunkeane.com Audio engineering by Mickey at CushAudio Services Music by Peat Biby Supported in part by: EEA Grants from Iceland, Liechtenstein +...

Duration:01:15:16

Retrospective: Why get an MFA?

3/21/2022
This is #1 of a 10 part inquiry into the lives and experiences of 11 people who got the same Masters of Fine Arts, though in various disciplines, from the same institution (the San Francisco Art Institute) in 2001. and 20 years of reflection and experiences post graduation. I am calling the series 'Retrospective'. In this episode I wanted to know why they chose to pursue an MFA in the first place and why they chose SFAI in particular. You will hear conversations with my fellow graduates (in...

Duration:00:47:48