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Tamar Avishai

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Welcome to The Lonely Palette, the podcast that returns art history to the masses, one painting at a time. Each episode, host Tamar Avishai picks a painting du jour, interviews unsuspecting museum visitors in front of it, and then dives deeply into ...Show More
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BonusEp. 0.2 - Tamar Avishai interview with Dan Byers, Director of Harvard's Carpenter Center

22:33 | Apr 4th

Tamar met Dan when she was a worshipful high school freshman and he was (to her) an übercool junior who was not only the arts editor of Thoughtprints, the school's art/lit mag, but also spent his free time in the fine art studio, bending the charcoa...Show More
Ep. 38 - Wassily Kandinsky's "Untitled" (1922)

30:42 | Mar 28th

The later work of Russian ex-pat turned German Expressionist turned indispensable Bauhaus faculty member Wassily Kandinsky is a lot like the Bauhaus itself: a disparate collection of pieces parts that ends up assembling itself into a transparent, eff...Show More
Ep. 37 - Ansel Adams' "The Tetons and Snake River, Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming" (1942)

31:10 | Mar 15th

Let's explore America the Beautiful, the Complicated, and the Contradictory, where a purple mountain has no sense of its own majesty, through the lens of the quintessential dorm room poster photographer Ansel Adams. See the images: http://www.thelon...Show More
Ep. 36 - Behold the Monkey

40:06 | Jan 31st

The fruits of the Second Annual Year-End Patreon Listener Challenge has us staring directly into the cold dead eyes of the beast! How could this restoration of a forgotten 19th century Spanish fresco have gotten so grotesquely botched, and what does...Show More
BonusEp. 0.1 - Tamar Avishai interview with artist Cecilia Vicuña

19:10 | Dec 14th, 2018

On October 10, 2018, both the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, and Cecilia Vicuña herself were generous enough to give me the opportunity to take a few moments away from the installation of "Disappeared Quipu" and interview Vicuña. We talked about bridg...Show More
Ep. 35 - Cecilia Vicuña's "Disappeared Quipu" (2018)

31:43 | Dec 14th, 2018

Thick woolen knots, suspended from the ceiling, alive with projections and immersed in sound. You might not realize that Chilean artist Cecilia Vicuña has woven together your awareness of your own awareness, but maybe you just needed some help trans...Show More
Ep. 34 - Dance Dance Revolution

41:58 | Nov 14th, 2018

We're trying a little something different today: what happens when Disney scares the pants off you as a kid, and then, in mining the roots of your existential dread, you realize that Henri Matisse and Igor Stravinsky both had their respective pants s...Show More
Ep. 33 - Jean-Honoré Fragonard's "The Desired Moment" (c. 1770)

30:24 | Sep 13th, 2018

Powder those wigs and ungird those loins: today we're diving deep into the curves, pastels, and licentious yearnings of a ridiculously saucy little style known as Rococo. See the Images: http://www.thelonelypalette.com/episodes/2018/9/8/episode-33-j...Show More
Ep. 32 - René Magritte's "The Son of Man" (1964)

29:12 | Aug 28th, 2018

Ever have a day when you just feel a little... blocked? Well, sure as God made little green apples, Surrealist René Magritte feels you. See the images: http://www.thelonelypalette.com/episodes/2018/8/24/episode-32-ren-magrittes-son-of-man-1964 Mus...Show More
Ep. 31 - Hiroshi Sugimoto's "Byrd Theater, Richmond, 1993" (1993)

31:58 | Jul 12th, 2018

Trying to capture time in art is like trying to pin a wave upon the sand or hold a moonbeam in your hand. So leave it to Japanese photographer Hiroshi Sugimoto to do it so effectively by taking us to the Golden Age of Cinema. "Seeking Stillness" is...Show More
Ep. 30 - Donatello's "Madonna of the Clouds" (c. 1425-1435)

26:48 | May 31st, 2018

Join the OG Ninja Turtle as he guides you into the Renaissance by way of an exquisite tour of heaven. See the image: http://www.thelonelypalette.com/episodes/2018/5/28/episode-30-donatellos-madonna-of-the-clouds-c-1425-1435 Music Used: The Andrews ...Show More
Ep. 29 - Egon Schiele's "Nude Self-Portrait" (1910)

29:53 | Apr 27th, 2018

Welcome to the cult of the punk: where the skin is flayed, the contortions are twisty, and the struggle is real.  So why can't we get enough? See the image: http://www.thelonelypalette.com/episodes/2018/4/23/episode-29-egon-schieles-nude-self-portra...Show More
Ep. 28 - Yoko Ono's "Cut Piece" (1964)

28:54 | Mar 30th, 2018

Yoko Ono. You may have heard of her. She hooked up with that musician that time. Just under the wire, we end Women's History Month with a peek beneath Ono's art and reputation - and why we need to reconsider both. See the image: http://www.thelon...Show More
Ep. 27 - Roy Lichtenstein's "Ohhh... Alright..." (1964)

26:59 | Mar 7th, 2018

Can a comic strip be elevated to fine art? Or is Pop artist Roy Lichtenstein just plain dotty? See the image: http://www.thelonelypalette.com/episodes/2018/3/5/episode-27-roy-lichtensteins-ohhhalright-1964 Music used: The Andrews Sisters, "Bei Mir...Show More
Ep. 26 - C.M. Coolidge's "Dogs Playing Poker" (1903)

38:56 | Feb 15th, 2018

Your Listener Patreon Challenge has been accepted! And now, let's dive together into kitsch: the frequency low enough for us all to hear. See the images: http://www.thelonelypalette.com/episodes/2018/2/13/episode-26-cm-coolidges-dogs-playing-poker-...Show More
SpecialEp. 0.3 - Keepers of the Culture (Live Event at the PRX Podcast Garage)

36:33 | Feb 7th, 2018

In this special episode, we listen to the audio from the live event at the PRX Podcast Garage, "Keepers of the Culture: A Celebration of Meduna and Holmes," which I had the privilege of participating in at the end of January. In it I chat with colla...Show More
Ep. 25 - Mission: Mona Lisa

47:57 | Dec 22nd, 2017

Our lady of the hour, muse of Dan Brown, satisfier of bucket lists, those eyes, that smile, La Gioconda, El Hefe. Just in time for the holidays, we bring you a super-sized episode on a super-sized love affair with a dinky little portrait. See the i...Show More
Ep. 24 - Meditations on Mark Rothko

29:56 | Nov 21st, 2017

Whether you think Mark Rothko is the portal to spiritual transcendence or emotional-ambulance-chasing bunk, let's take the necessary time to explore his work without feeling like our souls are at stake. See the images: http://www.thelonelypalette.co...Show More
SpecialEp. 0.2 - Introducing Hub & Spoke (by way of Soonish)

37:48 | Oct 25th, 2017

The Lonely Palette is thrilled to announce that we're a founding member of Hub & Spoke, a brand spanking new collective of Boston-centric, idea-driven podcasts. To kick things off, we're proud to present an episode of Soonish, the podcast about the ...Show More
Ep. 22 - Jasper Johns' "Target" (1961)

23:03 | Sep 27th, 2017

Ceci n'est pas un target, and other bewildering and profound pronouncements by conceptual neo-Dadaist (with abstract Pop Art sensibilities) Jasper Johns. See the image: http://www.thelonelypalette.com/episodes/2017/9/21/episode-22-jasper-johns-targe...Show More
Ep. 21 - Mary Cassatt's "In the Loge" (1878)

25:45 | Sep 5th, 2017

So. It appears that art history has a woman problem. See the image: http://www.thelonelypalette.com/episodes/2017/9/5/episode-21-mary-cassatts-in-the-loge-1878 Music used: The Andrews Sisters, "Bei Mir Bist Du Schoen" The Blue Dot Sessions, "Water...Show More
Ep. 20 - Henryk Ross's Photographs of the Lodz Ghetto (1940-44)

24:54 | Jul 4th, 2017

In this special episode, we look at the exhibition Memory Unearthed: Henryk Ross’s Photographs of the Lodz Ghetto, and explore the Lodz ghetto specifically, Holocaust photography more generally, and the role our need for a good story has played in sh...Show More
Ep. 18 - JMW Turner's "The Slave Ship" (1840)

23:46 | May 23rd, 2017

Because it's hard to look directly into the sun. Or yourself. See the image: http://www.thelonelypalette.com/episodes/2017/5/22/episode-18-jmw-turners-the-slave-ship-1840 Music used: The Andrews Sisters, "Bei Mir Bist Du Schoen" The Blue Dot Sess...Show More
MiniEp. 0.1 - Happy Birthday, Lonely Palette!

07:21 | May 4th, 2017

The Lonely Palette is ONE! And what a year it's been. We here at One Lonely Palette Plaza are celebrating with the launch of our own Patreon Campaign! Please consider checking it out, and supporting the podcast. All the information can be found...Show More
Ep. 17 - Marcel Duchamp's "Fountain" (1917)

27:20 | Apr 18th, 2017

On the occasion of its hundredth birthday, we dive into the art world's greatest joke (splash!). See the images: http://www.thelonelypalette.com/episodes/2017/4/17/episode-17-marcel-duchamps-fountain Music Used: Podington Bear, "A1 Rogue", "In My H...Show More
Ep. 16 - Vincent Van Gogh's "Postman Joseph Roulin" (1888)

22:52 | Mar 29th, 2017

You've just had a manic break, cut off a piece of your ear, and gifted it to a prostitute. Who ya gonna call? Your get-a-grip postman friend, of course! See the image: http://www.thelonelypalette.com/episodes/2017/3/27/episode-16-vincent-van-goghs...Show More
Ep. 15 - El Anatsui's "Black River" (2009)

22:31 | Mar 7th, 2017

One man's trash is Ghanaian fiber artist El Anatsui's treasure. See the image: http://www.thelonelypalette.com/episodes/2017/3/1/episode-15-el-anatsuis-black-river-2009 Music used: Podington Bear, "Down and Around" The Andrews Sisters, "Bei Mir Bis...Show More
Ep. 13 - Edward Hopper's "Room in Brooklyn" (1932)

21:16 | Jan 3rd, 2017

Welcome to Edward Hopper's specific, yet schematic, love letter to the alienation of the modern American city. See the image: http://www.thelonelypalette.com/episodes/2016/12/28/episode-13-edward-hoppers-room-in-brooklyn-1932 Music used: The Andre...Show More
Ep. 12 - Jackson Pollock's "Number 10, 1949" (1949)

21:15 | Dec 13th, 2016

Dust off your verbs, it's time to make sense out of chaos. See the image: http://www.thelonelypalette.com/episodes/2016/11/30/episode-12-jackson-pollocks-10-1949-1949 Music used: Eric Dolphy, "Out To Lunch" The Andrews Sisters, "Bei Mir Bist Du Sc...Show More
Ep. 9 - Ernst Ludwig Kirchner's "Reclining Nude" (1909)

20:51 | Oct 4th, 2016

The German Expressionists get hot. Nazis get bothered. See the image: http://www.thelonelypalette.com/episodes/2016/9/28/episode-9-ernst-ludwig-kirchners-reclining-nude-1910 Music used: The Andrews Sisters, "Bei Mir Bist Du Schoen" David Szeszlay...Show More
Ep. 8 - Richard Serra's "Torqued Ellipses" (1996)

18:41 | Sep 20th, 2016

This big bully is about to give you a lesson in contrasts you won't soon forget. Featuring Dar Williams! See the image: http://www.thelonelypalette.com/episodes/2016/9/19/episode-8-richard-serras-torqued-ellipses-1998 Music used: The Andrews Sist...Show More
Ep. 7 - Claude Monet's "Rouen Cathedral" Series (1892-94)

18:08 | Sep 6th, 2016

After centuries in the shadows, it's light's turn to shine. See the image: http://www.thelonelypalette.com/episodes/2016/9/5/episode-7-claude-monets-rouen-cathedral-series-1892-94 Music used: The Andrews Sisters, "Bei Mir Bist Du Schoen" The Blue ...Show More
Ep. 6 - Pablo Picasso's "Portrait of a Woman" (1910)

15:47 | Jul 20th, 2016

You think your seven-year-old could paint this indecipherable abstract Cubist painting? Well, it's not abstract, it's totally understandable, and... he couldn't. See the image: http://www.thelonelypalette.com/episodes/2016/7/19/episode-6-pablo-pica...Show More
Ep. 5 - Andy Warhol's "Red Disaster" (1962)

12:12 | Jul 5th, 2016

Elbow-deep in trauma, Andy Warhol plays with repetition and bores us into action. See the image: http://www.thelonelypalette.com/episodes/2016/7/5/episode-5-andy-warhols-red-disaster-1962 Music used: Chris Zabriskie, “Cylinder Four” The Andrews Si...Show More
Ep. 3 - John Singleton Copley's "Portrait of Samuel Adams" (1772)

15:14 | Jun 7th, 2016

While John Singleton Copley is busying himself with past and present art historical styles, Samuel Adams is getting all up in your biz. See the image: http://www.thelonelypalette.com/episodes/2016/6/2/episode-3-john-singleton-copleys-portrait-of-sam...Show More
Ep. 1 - Paul Cezanne's "Fruit and Jug on a Table" (c. 1890-94)

16:38 | May 11th, 2016

Just how did Cezanne keep that fruit from tumbling all over the place? We have theories. See the image: http://www.thelonelypalette.com/episodes/2016/5/10/episode-1-paul-cezannes-fruit-and-jug-on-a-table-c-1890-94 Music Used: Django Reinhardt, "D...Show More
Ep. 0 - Art! What is it Good For?

17:03 | May 4th, 2016

Art is everywhere. Why shouldn't it be for everyone, no matter how fluent you are in art history? This podcast says it should. Music used: The Blue Dot Sessions, "Cirrus", "The Spills", "The Zeppelin" The Andrews Sisters, "Bei Mir Bist Du Schoen"...Show More