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The Conversation Art Podcast

A podcast that goes behind the scenes and between the lines of the contemporary art worlds, through conversations with artists, dealers, curators, and collectors--based in Los Angeles, but reaching nationally and internationally.
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Now displaying: April, 2016
Apr 30, 2016
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http://theconversationpod.com/ Please subscribe to The Conversation on iTunes, and leave a positive review: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/conversation-artist-podcast/id481461646 Boston gallerist Anthony Greaney talks about: His commute to Boston from outside the city proper; his day job at Harvard, where he designs exhibitions for their museums of science and culture (Harvard Museum of Natural History, Harvard Semitic Museum, Peabody Museum); working for various dealers in New York as preparation for running his own gallery, of which he talks about its various challenges, especially out of Boston, with NY in such close proximity; some of the first artists he showed, who are now L.A. artists (and why he thinks L.A. is a better art city than New York); why it made sense to him to return to Boston after cutting his teeth at various New York galleries, what with the exorbitant costs of starting up a gallery in NY, and how being in Boston gave him the opportunity to do what he wanted to do, as opposed to what he had to do; the struggles of keeping a gallery running logistically, and why he kept his day job while running it; how it's no longer the case anymore that you have to 'fake it till you make it,' and that new, young galleries that are succeeding are doing it as part-time endeavors. The Conversation on Stitcher (the alternative to iTunes): http://www.stitcher.com/podcast/wwwstitchercompodcasttheconversation/the-conversation-art-podcast?refid=stpr The Conversation on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Conversation-An-Artist-Podcast/254884424579431 http://instagram.com/artistpodcast Twitter: @artistpodcast Your support of the podcast is very much appreciated- donations can be made via the website, and help keep the show going.
Apr 24, 2016
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http://theconversationpod.com/ Please subscribe to The Conversation on iTunes, and leave a positive review: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/conversation-artist-podcast/id481461646 Brooklyn-based painter Shara Hughes talks about: Being from Atlanta, and living between there, New York, and various cities where she did residencies; evolving as a New York artist while spending time in Atlanta, Denmark, and various residencies around the U.S.; having a hard time adjusting to living in New York initially, how she felt lonely and out of sorts finding friends beyond just colleagues, despite her career going well; the different levels of success of her various artist residency friends living in New York – some of whom were doing much better than she was, and others who essentially disappeared from view; how last year (in April, 2015), after American Contemporary Gallery closed, she became "single" (without gallery representation) for the first time since 2004, when Rivington Arms picked her up, and that there are actually opportunities in becoming "single" again; how she's in the midst of "dating" several prospects, but that it's a stressful process, partially because it's difficult to know where to go to get good advice and deal with getting too many unwanted opinions; and her various day jobs, including working in the bakery at a Whole Foods…which she hated. The Conversation on Stitcher (the alternative to iTunes): http://www.stitcher.com/podcast/wwwstitchercompodcasttheconversation/the-conversation-art-podcast?refid=stpr The Conversation on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Conversation-An-Artist-Podcast/254884424579431 http://instagram.com/artistpodcast Twitter: @artistpodcast Your support of the podcast is very much appreciated- donations can be made via the website, and help keep the show going.
Apr 16, 2016
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http://theconversationpod.com/ Please subscribe to The Conversation on iTunes, and leave a positive review: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/conversation-artist-podcast/id481461646 Los Angeles-based painter Max Maslansky, along with co-host Deb Klowden Mann, talks about: His Kchung radio show Riffin', and his most memorable guest on the show (Jake Longstreth, with whom he debated about The Eagles); how he started the current iteration of his porn-based work, back in 2010, when he began collecting old photographs and storing them on Facebook, in both 'public' and 'private' collections, then selecting particular images to paint onto bedsheets; how porn, even in the art world, still has a taboo association to it, and how the porn Maslansky uses is quaint compared to what's out there now, and his point that dopamine levels are higher in porn consumption now supports that, because people need stronger fixes than ever; his experience getting curated into the Hammer Museum's Made In L.A. 2014; how being practical led him to keep his job working at Richard Telles gallery after this success, though he went from full-time to part-time; what he's learned about artists and the art world from working at the gallery, a gig he's had much longer than he thought he would; and how artists who become big successes may or may not maintain them, and that a significant part of their rise is beyond their control. The Conversation on Stitcher (the alternative to iTunes): http://www.stitcher.com/podcast/wwwstitchercompodcasttheconversation/the-conversation-art-podcast?refid=stpr The Conversation on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Conversation-An-Artist-Podcast/254884424579431 http://instagram.com/artistpodcast Twitter: @artistpodcast Your support of the podcast is very much appreciated- donations can be made via the website, and help keep the show going.
Apr 8, 2016
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http://theconversationpod.com/ Please subscribe to The Conversation on iTunes, and leave a positive review: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/conversation-artist-podcast/id481461646 Fisher's Island-based artist Jacques Louis Vidal talks about: Living on Fisher's Island, off the coast of Long Island and Connecticut, where he is the resident director for Lighthouse Works, an artist's residence; what his life is like there, between taking care of the residents (mainly cooking them upscale meals) and making his art in a studio off site; his co-running the gallery Know More Games in Carroll Gardens, Brooklyn, and its heady days circa 2011/2012, shortly after which he left the gallery for his residency gig; his creative project corresponding and making art & language with a friend from middle school who he learned is incarcerated on death row, someone who he used to do graffiti and get into trouble with; his side life committing petty crimes, which continued into adulthood; his problems with authority, both in general and in the art world; the alternative school he went to during high school, for kids who get in trouble a lot- where his therapist told him that he was capable of dealing with darker things than other people…which eventually allowed him to in turn convert his darkness into his art; and how, as a landlord for the gallerists of 247365, he lowered their rent with the agreement that they would give him a show with them, happening in Nov. 2016; and a great story from one of his residency directing stints that demonstrates how such a severe lack of distraction impacts the subtextual levels of interpersonal relations. The Conversation on Stitcher (the alternative to iTunes): http://www.stitcher.com/podcast/wwwstitchercompodcasttheconversation/the-conversation-art-podcast?refid=stpr The Conversation on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Conversation-An-Artist-Podcast/254884424579431 http://instagram.com/artistpodcast Twitter: @artistpodcast Your support of the podcast is very much appreciated- donations can be made via the website, and help keep the show going.
Apr 2, 2016
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The Conversation's website: http://theconversationpod.com/ Please subscribe to The Conversation on iTunes, and leave a positive review: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/conversation-artist-podcast/id481461646 Brooklyn-based painter Stephen Westfall talks about: Living in Brooklyn (Red Hook), where the rent on his loft will soon be going up 18%, and how he's considering living elsewhere in the city, or possibly New Jersey (since he teaches at Rutgers); the crazy real estate market, via shell properties and so on, yet how their might be a tiny glimmer of hope; how his best year of sales, in 2011/12, allowed him the opportunity to purchase a cottage upstate, but since his income has dropped since then his margins are on the tight side (which is noteworthy considering something as basic as getting rid of a dying tree on that property could be a serious expense); his coming of age in San Francisco as an anxiety filled youth, and his subsequent emergence as an artist via UC Santa Barbara's College of Creative Studies, where he began as a literary major; and we launch into a spirited debate about abstraction, including Stephen riffing on the ambiguity between figuration and abstraction; the 'Big Bang' of painting, starting with representation and eventually leading to, after five centuries, being about painting itself, and abstraction as the next 'Big Bang'; that there's "abstract painting because there are more things to paint abstractly," also known as 'shark's teeth,' in which "the more things you have, the more spaces you have between things"; the willingness to have a suspension of belief, and how, unique to painting, it is both an imagined space and a thing at the same time; and how he didn't go to openings for 10 years after a painful breakup with a fellow artist, and how, in turn, he learned that legends in the art world can be created just by not going out to openings for a while. The Conversation on Stitcher (the alternative to iTunes): http://www.stitcher.com/podcast/wwwstitchercompodcasttheconversation/the-conversation-art-podcast?refid=stpr The Conversation on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Conversation-An-Artist-Podcast/254884424579431 http://instagram.com/artistpodcast Twitter: @artistpodcast Your support of the podcast is very much appreciated- donations can be made via the website, and help keep the show going.
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