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Season 3 Finale(ish) - Arts Madness Winner

Season 3 Finale(ish) - Arts Madness Winner

April 11, 2022

This is sort of the finale for season 3. I will be taking a short break but will continue releasing episodes on my regular schedule. I will be running some encore presentations for a few weeks, but I will continue to release new mini-episodes so it won't be all re-runs. The Friday mini-episodes will largely focus on artworks from the AP Art History list as at this time of year a lot of students are working to prep for the test and I want to do my part to help provide them with resources to the extent that I can. 

After six weeks and thousands of votes cast, we have narrowed the field from 64 great artists to 1 ultimate Arts Madness champion. I read a few statements on why people chose this artist, followed by an encore presentation of the episode about this artist. Thank you all for participating in the tournament and I hope it helped you discover some new artists to inspire you. 

Arts Madness Final Round

Arts Madness Final Round

April 6, 2022

This week we have the finals for our Arts Madness Tournament. Katsushika Hokusai is up against Yayoi Kusama. As of the time of recording, there is only a three vote margin between the two artists. 

You can vote for your favorite artist/work at www.whoartedpocast.com

 

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Arthur Boyd - Nebuchadnezzar on Fire Falling over a Waterfall

Arthur Boyd - Nebuchadnezzar on Fire Falling over a Waterfall

April 4, 2022

This episode is about Arthur Boyd the Australian painter known for his use of symbols from mythology to express his philosophical views. The Boyd family is an artistic dynasty in Australia producing half a dozen prominent artists. The specific work we focused on here was his painting Nebuchadnezzar on Fire Falling over a Waterfall from 1966-68.

My guest this week was Matthew Bliss, an Australian teacher and podcaster. Matthew hosts Teacher Culture Cast, a podcast for and about teachers, as well as The Dead Drop, a video game podcast.

Here are the places where you can find Matthew and his work:

Twitter: @mattblisspod
Podcasts:
Teaching Culture Cast podcast: Website  ||  Spotify  ||  Apple Podcasts
The Dead Drop (Video Game News): Website  ||  Spotify  ||  Apple Podcasts

 

As always you can find an image of the work on my website www.WhoARTedPodcast.com

While you are there, take a moment and vote in the final round of Arts Madness.

 

Who ARTed is a part of the Airwave Media podcast network.

Arts Madness Round 5

Arts Madness Round 5

March 30, 2022

We are down to our final four artists in this year's Arts Madness Tournament. We started with 64 diverse artists and now we are at the semi-finals determining which two will advance to the final round. 

This week I read a few of the statements issued by students around the US explaining why they picked these artists as their favorites to win the tournament. 

Please vote for your favorite artists at www.whoartedpodcast.com

Also, if you enjoy the show, please follow and leave a rating or review on your favorite podcast app.

Ivan Albright  - The Picture of Dorian Gray

Ivan Albright - The Picture of Dorian Gray

March 28, 2022

For this week's episode, I was joined by Kelly Henrikson, art teacher at Park Junior High, to talk about Ivan Albright. 

Ivan Albright is considered to be a great macabre painter. He is known for his portraits and still lives that have a sense of rot showing the frailty of life. His style is considered magical realism. He meticulously rendered portraits that were unlike anything else in his day. In this episode we discussed the painting he created for the film adaptation of Oscar Wilde's Picture of Dorian Gray. 

As always, you can find pictures of the work on the website www.whoartedpodcast.com

The Picture of Dorian Gray is housed at The Art Institute of Chicago

 

If you would like to support the show, I recently partnered with Ko-Fi to be able to accept donations to cover the costs of production. You can buy me a coffee at https://ko-fi.com/whoarted Because I do not want disruptive ads and I put nothing behind a paywall, listener donations are my only means of defraying the costs. I greatly appreciate your support.

Arts Madness Round 4

Arts Madness Round 4

March 23, 2022

This week we are on Round 4 of the annual Arts Madness Tournament. You can see the brackets and vote for your favorites artists at www.whoartedpodcast.com

In Round 3, some of my favorites were eliminated. Rodin, and his sculpture of The Burghers of Calais got knocked out by Duff Goldman. While I respect the audience's choices, I would encourage everyone to give a listen to the episode on Rodin. That piece is one of my favorite sculptures of all time. The story behind it is fascinating and the way that Rodin brought that story and the emotion to life in his work is absolutely amazing.

We are now down to just 8 artists remaining. As I created the podcast and the tournament, one of my goals was to capture diverse artists and help people to appreciate a broad range of artists and art forms. I think it is wonderful that this far into the tournament, we are going beyond the traditional western canon and still see spots for artists from around the world with very different styles and methods. 

If you would like to support the show, I recently partnered with Ko-Fi to be able to accept donations to cover the costs of production. You can buy me a coffee at https://ko-fi.com/whoarted Because I do not want disruptive ads and I put nothing behind a paywall, listener donations are my only means of defraying the costs. I greatly appreciate your support.

Alexander McQueen - Jellyfish Ensemble, 2010

Alexander McQueen - Jellyfish Ensemble, 2010

March 21, 2022

This week I spoke with Goldie Robinson, a k-12 art teacher from Georgia. She enlightened me about fashion and one of her favorite designers, Alexander McQueen. We discussed his piece, Jellyfish Ensemble which was part of a 2010 collection he created. 

His actual name is Lee Alexander McQueen. Some say he went by Alexander professionally because early on he was struggling financially and used his middle name so he could still claim unemployment benefits using his first name.

McQueen was interested in clothing from a young age and started off as a kid making dresses for his sisters. He left school at 16 and took a course in tailoring at Newham college. He apprenticed with Anderson and Sheppard (tailors in a posh area of London, Savile Row). After the tailoring apprenticeship, he got a job as a pattern cutter and he is gaining a reputation for impeccable tailored looks. He applied for a job as a pattern cutting mentor, but while he didn't get the job, they did recognize his talent and encouraged him to apply to the masters program as a student. After earning his MA in 1992, McQueen made a splash in the fashion world with his dramatic Jack the Ripper Stalks his Victims collection. He always had a flair for the dramatic but also impeccable craftsmanship and well tailored outfits. 

As always you can find images of the works we discussed at www.whoartedpocast.com

While you are at the website, cast your vote in this week's matchups for the Arts Madness tournament.

If you would like to support the show, I recently partnered with Ko-Fi to be able to accept donations to cover the costs of production. You can buy me a coffee at https://ko-fi.com/whoarted Because I do not want disruptive ads and I put nothing behind a paywall, listener donations are my only means of defraying the costs. I greatly appreciate your support.

Fun Fact Friday - Pablo Picasso, Art Thief? (encore)

Fun Fact Friday - Pablo Picasso, Art Thief? (encore)

March 18, 2022

This is an encore presentation of the mini episode I recorded on Pablo Picasso and his tendency to appropriate or even downright steal from those around him. In 1911, The Mona Lisa was stolen from the Louvre Museum and Pablo Picasso was one of the prime suspects. While he was not guilty of that crime, he was in possession of some other works that were stamped property of The Louvre and he went on trial facing deportation. 

Just a reminder while Picasso was knocked out of our Arts Madness Tournament in round 1 this year, you can still vote for your favorites among the remaining artists at www.whoartedpodcast.com

If you would like to support the show, I recently partnered with Ko-Fi to be able to accept donations to cover the costs of production. You can buy me a coffee at https://ko-fi.com/whoarted Because I do not want disruptive ads and I put nothing behind a paywall, listener donations are my only means of defraying the costs. I greatly appreciate your support.

Arts Madness Round 3

Arts Madness Round 3

March 16, 2022

This is a bonus episode covering some of the highlights from this year's Arts Madness Tournament. Arts Madness is a great way to encourage kids to explore art history and learn about a variety of different artists. Please tell your art teacher friends to join in the fun with their classes and vote at www.whoartedpodcast.com 

As always, if you enjoy the show, please follow and rate it on your favorite podcast app.

KAWS - The KAWS Album

KAWS - The KAWS Album

March 14, 2022

This week's episode was about KAWS. I spoke with Rebecca Potts Aguirre about KAWS and two of his works. Rebecca Potts Aguirre hosts a wonderful podcast: Teaching Artist. She is a teaching artist herself with years of classroom experience and she is a wonderful practicing artist. Here are the links to her relevant content:

https://www.teachingartistpodcast.com/

https://www.rebeccapotts.com/

https://www.instagram.com/pottsart 

https://linktr.ee/pottsart

Clearly, she is doing tons of amazing things and I was happy she found the time to squeeze one more thing into her schedule and join me to talk about KAWS.

 

KAWS is a highly saught after contemporary artist. He got his start in graffiti as well as doing some freelance work on shows like Doug and Daria. Today his work is controversial at times but bright, colorful, pop art inspired with a contemporary twist that is undeniably fun. 

As always you can find images of the works we discussed at www.whoartedpocast.com

While you are at the website, cast your vote in this week's matchups for the Arts Madness tournament.

Vote in Round 3 of Arts Madness

If you would like to support the show, I recently partnered with Ko-Fi to be able to accept donations to cover the costs of production. You can buy me a coffee at https://ko-fi.com/whoarted Because I do not want disruptive ads and I put nothing behind a paywall, listener donations are my only means of defraying the costs. I greatly appreciate your support.

Arts Madness Round 2

Arts Madness Round 2

March 9, 2022

This is a bonus episode covering some of the highlights from this year's Arts Madness Tournament. Arts Madness is a great way to encourage kids to explore art history and learn about a variety of different artists. Please tell your art teacher friends to join in the fun with their classes and vote at www.whoartedpodcast.com 

As always, if you enjoy the show, please follow and rate it on your favorite podcast app.

MC Escher - Circle Limit 3

MC Escher - Circle Limit 3

March 7, 2022

For this week's episode I talked with David Pittman, an amazing teacher I am lucky to count among my friends. 

We discussed MC Escher and briefly touched on a few of his works including Circle Limit 3 from 1959. Interestingly, while Escher is often associated with math as his tessellations are enjoyed by a number of mathematicians and held up for their beautiful applications of geometry, Escher himself was not the greatest student and even failed his math courses in school. In a somewhat common theme among the brilliant and successful, he persisted and even seemed to lean in to developing his skills in an area where he struggled. 

A big turning point came when Escher traveled to Spain and Italy in the early 20th century. At first, he was captivated by the beautiful Italian landscape, but after touring a 14th-century Moorish castle he started to shift his entire approach to art. Escher made sketches of the tile work and the beautiful tessellated patterns he saw then started to apply that patterning to his work. The great leap that he took, however, was introducing representational imagery to the patterns and having figures that shifted through the piece. In his metamorphosis piece, we see patterns of birds that become cubes that turn into a landscape then chess pieces. It is a little bit surreal, almost like an exquisite corpse drawing as seemingly unrelated images flow from one into the next but with an added layer of complexity because of the patterning. 

As always you can find images of the works we discussed at www.whoartedpocast.com

While you are at the website, cast your vote in this week's matchups for the Arts Madness tournament.

Vote for Round 2 of Arts Madness here.

If you would like to support the show, I recently partnered with Ko-Fi to be able to accept donations to cover the costs of production. You can buy me a coffee at https://ko-fi.com/whoarted Because I do not want disruptive ads and I put nothing behind a paywall, listener donations are my only means of defraying the costs. I greatly appreciate your support.

Fun Fact Friday - Killer Wallpaper (Encore)

Fun Fact Friday - Killer Wallpaper (Encore)

March 4, 2022

This is an encore presentation of my fun fact Friday mini-episode on killer wallpaper. In one of the more strange but true stories from art history, there was a lovely synthetic green pigment called Scheele's green that became very popular in the victorian era. It was a bold and vivid emerald green produced from copper arsenite and unfortunately, the arsenic could leach out in damp conditions poisoning people in the process. 

This week is the start of my annual Arts Madness tournament. I would love to have as many people as possible join in the fun of judging a diverse collection of artists and works. Over 6 weeks, we will go from 64 great artists down to 1 ultimate Arts Madness champion. More information is on the Arts Madness page of my website.

Vote for your favorites in the Round 1 Matchups before March 5.

If you would like to support the show, I recently partnered with Ko-Fi to be able to accept donations to cover the costs of production. You can buy me a coffee at https://ko-fi.com/whoarted Because I do not want disruptive ads and I put nothing behind a paywall, listener donations are my only means of defraying the costs. I greatly appreciate your support.

 

Arts Madness Round 1

Arts Madness Round 1

March 2, 2022

I am once again ending the season with my annual Arts Madness tournament. 64 different artists covered on the show have been randomly sorted into brackets and each week listeners will vote to decide which artists will advance to the next round.

In this mini-episode, I highlighted a few of the matchups I find interesting. You can weigh in and vote for your favorites at www.whoartedpodcast.com

Voting for Round 1 will be open until March 5. We already have hundreds of votes cast, but I am always excited to see more people participating, so please vote, tell your friends and any art teachers you know to join in the fun.

Christo and Jeanne-Claude - The Floating Piers

Christo and Jeanne-Claude - The Floating Piers

February 28, 2022

For those who enjoy exploring the visual arts in an audio medium, this week we focused on Christo and Jeanne-Claude. You can see an image of The Floating Piers at the website www.WhoARTedPodcast.com

My guest for this week was the one and only Tim Bogatz. He is a tremendous veteran art teacher and host of Art Ed Radio from The Art of Education University. It was great to get to talk to him and hear his insights into this unique bit of art history. He was also nice enough to have me record an episode for his show, so be sure to check out Art Ed Radio.

 

June 18 - July 3, 2016 Christo and his assistants used 100,000 square meters of bright yellow fabric to transform Lake Iseo in Italy. The fabric floated on top of floating dock system comprised of 220,000 polystyrene cubes. The fabric floated just above the surface moving with the water. There was no need for tickets or reservations. It was free for everyone to walk on as Christo said it was an extension of the street. The piers provided a walkway on the water connecting a small island to the mainland. Estimates are 72k-100k people visited per day, around 1.2 million people total over the 16 days. Christo and Jeanne-Claude had the idea for the floating piers in 1970. This was his first large-scale project since her death in 2009. If you are concerned about the environmental impacts of polystyrene on the water, after the exhibition, all of the material was gathered and recycled. Still not as eco friendly as Goldsworthy, but not as bad a Exxon.

This week is the start to my annual Arts Madness tournament. I would love to have as many people as possible join in the fun of judging a diverse collection of artists and works. Over 6 weeks, we will go from 64 great artists down to 1 ultimate Arts Madness champion. More information is on the Arts Madness page of my website.

Vote for your favorites in the Round 1 Matchups before March 5.

If you would like to support the show, I recently partnered with Ko-Fi to be able to accept donations to cover the costs of production. You can buy me a coffee at https://ko-fi.com/whoarted Because I do not want disruptive ads and I put nothing behind a paywall, listener donations are my only means of defraying the costs. I greatly appreciate your support.

 

Fun Fact Friday - Edmonia Lewis and The Death of Cleopatra

Fun Fact Friday - Edmonia Lewis and The Death of Cleopatra

February 25, 2022

Edmonia Lewis had an interesting life, and her sculpture The Death of Cleopatra had an equally interesting ride. After it was exhibited in Philadelphia for the Centennial Exhibition, it was put into storage in Chicago. It would later sit in a saloon, mark the grave of a horse, serve as an arts and crafts project for some local Boy Scouts before finally being professionally restored and displayed at the Smithsonian Museum of Art. 

As always, you can find images and more at www.whoartedpodcast.com 

Please consider participating in the upcoming Arts Madness Tournament where listeners from around the world will vote for their favorite artists in a bracketed tournament winnowing the field from 64 down to 1 ultimate artist. 

If you would like to support the show, I recently partnered with Ko-Fi to be able to accept donations to cover the costs of production. You can buy me a coffee at https://ko-fi.com/whoarted Because I do not want disruptive ads and I put nothing behind a paywall, listener donations are my only means of defraying the costs. I greatly appreciate your support.

SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT: Arts Madness Tournament

SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT: Arts Madness Tournament

February 17, 2022

For the last few years, I have had a lot of fun with my students exploring art history through a tournament of artists. I randomly assigned 64 diverse artists to different spots in a bracketed tournament modeled after the popular NCAA March Madness tradition. Each week, voters will decide which artists deserve to advance to the next round. I have the brackets up on my website www.whoartedpodcast.com 

More information about the Arts Madness tournament is on the Arts Madness page I would encourage all my fellow art teachers to try this as an entry routine for the spring. It only takes a few minutes to get the kids voting but they will become incredibly engaged in debating which artist is better than another. I have also included a page showing all 64 artists, their works and an episode about them to help kids learn about any artist who catches their eye. To help get them hooked, I have a little prize as well. On my Arts Madness page, I have a prediction form open from now through March 6. Fill out who you think will win and why. At the end of the tournament, I will raffle off Amazon gift cards to a few people who correctly predicted the winner. Additionally, at the end of the tournament, I will read a few people's statements about why that artist deserved to win when I announce the winning artist on the podcast.

This is a fun and easy way to get your students critically engaged in analyzing artworks from all around the world. Please give it a try in your classroom to help your students discover the joy of exploring art history.

 

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Yannima Pikarli Tommy Watson

Yannima Pikarli Tommy Watson

November 21, 2019

Yannima Pikarli, more commonly known as Tommy Watson, was an indigenous Australian painter known for his wonderful sense of color. In this episode we discuss a bit about Tommy Watson's background, aboriginal art in general, and we discuss one of his paintings, Ngura Pulka from 2005

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