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Rediscovering Colour in Classical Sculptures ft. Cecilie Brøns – Episode 28

2/25/2019
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Step into the Technicolour world of polychromy as we speak to Cecilie Brøns, Senior Researcher at the Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek in Copenhagen, about colour classical sculptures from Ancient Greece and Rome.

Duration:00:17:58

Art on the Underground ft. Eleanor Pinfield – Episode 27

2/11/2019
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We speak to Head of Art on the Underground, Eleanor Pinfield, to find out the long history of the Tube's collaborations with artists and see what has the team 'on edge' in 2019.

Duration:00:22:01

The History of Paint by Number ft. William L. Bird, Jr. – Episode 26

1/28/2019
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Time travel back to the 1950s with us as we look into the history of the paint by number craze with our guest, William L. Bird, Jr. Find out how the art hobby became so popular, inspiring artists like Warhol and Damien Hirst. https://artuk.org/discover/stories/art-matters-podcast-the-history-of-paint-by-number

Duration:00:23:04

The Pre-Raphaelites’ Relationship with Science ft. Dr John Holmes – Episode 25

1/14/2019
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We speak to John Holmes about the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood's use of scientific methods in their art practice. What was the extent of their relationship with science, and how can we see their work in a new context if we re-examine it through this lens? https://artuk.org/discover/stories/art-matters-podcast-the-pre-raphaelites-relationship-with-science

Duration:00:24:57

Weird, Dark and Wonderful Victorian Christmas Cards ft. Greg Jenner – Episode 24

12/10/2018
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We speak to author and Historical Consultant for the award-winning BBC series 'Horrible Histories', Greg Jenner about weird and wonderful Christmas cards from the Victorian era. https://artuk.org/discover/stories/art-matters-podcast-weird-dark-and-wonderful-victorian-christmas-cards

Duration:00:30:36

Lost Art, Forgeries and the Theft of the ‘Mona Lisa’ ft. Dr Noah Charney – Episode 23

12/3/2018
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We speak to art crime specialist Noah Charney on lost art, stolen paintings and why art crimes are the third highest grossing criminal trade behind drug and arms dealing. https://artuk.org/discover/stories/art-matters-podcast-lost-art-forgeries-and-the-theft-of-the-mona-lisa

Duration:00:31:43

Artists as Book Illustrators ft. Jaleen Grove – Episode 22

11/12/2018
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We speak to Jaleen Grove – artist and researcher in the history of illustration – about fine artists who've illustrated books, and why there's historically been a distinction been artists and illustrators. https://artuk.org/discover/stories/art-matters-podcast-artists-as-book-illustrators

Duration:00:28:06

How Alfred Hitchcock Created Artful Suspense ft. Joel Gunz – Episode 21

10/29/2018
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We chat with writer and self-proclaimed Alfred Hitchcock geek, Joel Gunz, about Alfred Hitchcock’s deep love of art and the ways the director worked with artists to incorporate fine art references in his iconic films. https://artuk.org/discover/stories/art-matters-podcast-how-alfred-hitchcock-created-artful-suspense

Duration:00:26:35

Black Women Artists and #blackgirlmagic ft. Bee Tajudeen and Rosa Uddoh – Episode 20

10/15/2018
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We speak with curator Bee Tajudeen and artist Rosa Uddoh about what #blackgirlmagic means and what it means to be a black woman working in art.

Duration:00:16:23

Art in the Science Museum ft. Katy Barrett – Episode 19

10/1/2018
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We speak with Katy Barrett, Curator of Art Collections at the Science Museum, London, about how the Science Museum Group incorporates art into its collection and exhibitions. https://artuk.org/discover/stories/art-matters-podcast-art-in-the-science-museum

Duration:00:17:48

The Art of RuPaul's Drag Race ft. The Art History Babes – Episode 18

9/17/2018
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We talk to Corrie and Natalie from the Art History Babes podcast about the pop culture phenomenon, RuPauls Drag Race. We discuss the ‘Pop Art Ball’ episode of the series, the shows creative queens, and touch on some of the overlaps between the worlds of drag and art. https://artuk.org/discover/stories/art-matters-podcast-the-art-of-rupauls-drag-race

Duration:00:21:23

Finding Britain’s Lost Masterpieces ft. Dr Bendor Grosvenor – Episode 17

9/3/2018
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As the third series of the BBC series 'Britain's Lost Masterpieces' comes to a close, I sat down with presenter Dr Bendor Grosvenor to discuss the paintings featured in the three episodes, and to get some behind-the-scenes insight into how the show is put together. https://artuk.org/discover/stories/art-matters-podcast-finding-britains-lost-masterpieces

Duration:00:20:39

Virginia Woolf, Feminism, and Women Painting Women ft. Laura Smith and Venetia Berry – Episode 16

8/20/2018
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There's a touring exhibition called 'Virginia Woolf: An Exhibition Inspired by Her Writings' exploring art through the lens of Virginia Woolf's work. We speak to the curator of the exhibition, Laura Smith, about the exhibition, feminism, and women artists' representation of self. We also catch up with contemporary artist, Venetia Berry, to get her perspective on female nudes in art history. https://artuk.org/discover/stories/art-matters-podcast-virginia-woolf-feminism-and-women-painting-women

Duration:00:26:44

Mermaids and Mythical Creatures in Art and the Queer Community ft. Sacha Coward – Episode 15

8/6/2018
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In this episode, we speak with self-proclaimed mermaid hunter, Sacha Coward, about the connections between the queer community and mythological creatures. We discuss how some of these connections came about, origins of The Little Mermaid, and where to look for these mythical creatures within art and heritage. https://artuk.org/discover/stories/art-matters-podcast-mermaids-and-mythical-creatures-in-art-and-the-queer-community

Duration:00:17:18

The Simpsons, Art and Capturing 20th C America ft. Todd VanDerWerff – Episode 14

7/23/2018
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This week, we have a conversation with Todd VanDerWerff, critic at large for Vox and host of the podcast 'I Think You’re Interesting', discussing the iconic series, 'The Simpsons', and how the cartoon has used art as a way to deepen conversations around pop culture and 20th C Americana. https://artuk.org/discover/stories/art-matters-podcast-the-simpsons-art-and-capturing-20th-century-america

Duration:00:26:08

When Beyoncé Goes APES**T ft. Bee Tajudeen – Episode 13

7/10/2018
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In this special episode, we look at Beyoncé and Jay Z's recently released video for 'APESH**T'. Set in the Louvre and filled with some of the most famous art in the world, the video feels like an ode to the history of art. We discuss the cultural impact of the video and how Beyoncé has been building up to this artistic moment for over a decade. https://artuk.org/discover/stories/art-matters-podcast-when-beyonce-goes-apest

Duration:00:10:04

Art, medieval medicine, and treating the human body ft. Dr Jack Hartnell – Episode 12

6/26/2018
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How have paintings played a part in medical education? How has our approach to treating illness changed over time? And why are there so many paintings of physicians examining urine? This week’s guest, Dr Jack Hartnell, tells us about why medieval medicine doesn’t deserve its bad rap, the role art played in practising medicine, and how human anatomy was considered so important to artists that it was taught at the Royal Academy of Art. This episode's guest: Dr Jack Hartnell is an art history...

Duration:00:36:08

When artists make cookbooks ft. Cedar Lewisohn – Episode 11

6/12/2018
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Why did the Futurists want Italians to stop eating pasta? Would you try Henri Toulouse-Lautrec sheep’s feet recipe? On this episode we discuss the relationship between art and food via creative cookbooks by artists and chefs. Discover some famous artists who have dabbled in gastronomy and determine whether you would be brave enough to try their recipes. Cookbooks discussed: 'The Futurists Cookbook' by Filippo Tommaso Marinetti 'The Art of Cuisine' by Henri de-Toulouse-Lautrec and Maurice...

Duration:00:25:57

Decoding fashion in paintings ft. Amber Butchart – Episode 10

5/29/2018
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Have you ever thought much about the politics of fashion? How can paintings help us understand the social context of fashion throughout history? Is the woman in the famous Arnolfini portrait pregnant or does her dress make it appear that way? This week we chat with Amber Butchart, fashion historian and host of BBC’s ‘Stitch in Time’ series, about the hidden meanings we can glean from the fashions in paintings. This episode's guest: Amber Butchart is a fashion historian exploring the...

Duration:00:30:23

Artists' Love for the Colouriest Colours ft. Stuart Semple – Episode 9

5/15/2018
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Painting and pigments are intimately connected, but have you ever given much thought to artists’ historical relationship with colour? Yves Klein had his blue and Malevich loved black; the Impressionists formed an entire movement around light and colour. On this episode, we speak with artist Stuart Semple (creator of the pinkest pink and blackest black acrylic paints commercially available) about artists’ love of colour and how he went about making his colouriest colour collection. This...

Duration:00:18:38