Who ARTed: Weekly Art History for All Ages
Claude Monet - Water Lilies

Claude Monet - Water Lilies

April 18, 2022

This is an encore presentation of my episode about Claude Monet and his painting of water lilies. During his lifetime, Monet created about 250 paintings of water lilies.

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Fun Fact Friday - Leonardo da Vinci’s Last Supper

Fun Fact Friday - Leonardo da Vinci’s Last Supper

April 15, 2022

One Leonardo da Vinci’s most famous works is not housed in a museum. It is in the Convent of Santa Maria in Milan Italy. It seems totally fitting for a depiction of the last supper was painted on the wall in the convent’s dining hall. Visitors today are often surprised by how enormous the work it. The People are life sized on this massive 15 by 29 foot painting. Another surprising fact is that while people flock to see Leonardo’s work on the wall of the convent, very little if any of what we see there today was actually painted by Leonardo.

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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. 

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.

 

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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

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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

 

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Fun Fact Friday - Did Vincent Van Gogh Really Only Sell 1 Painting?

Fun Fact Friday - Did Vincent Van Gogh Really Only Sell 1 Painting?

March 25, 2022

Vincent van Gogh is a legendary figure in art history. He is one of my favorite artists and his paintings sell for tens of millions of dollars today, but it is often said that he sold only one painting during his lifetime. In this episode, I talk about his commercial success or lack thereof. 

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.

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 

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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 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.

Vermeer Was Using a Camera Before Photography Was a Thing

Vermeer Was Using a Camera Before Photography Was a Thing

February 18, 2022

Johannes Vermeer is best known today for painting The Girl with a Pearl Earing. Part of the allure of this painting is the pose, she seems a little caught off guard looking over her shoulder at the viewer. There is a bit of a mystery to this interaction which has been played up in popular culture with movies speculating at a dramatic story behind its creation. 

 

For me though, one of the biggest mysteries is about how it was painted. Vermeer painted incredibly detailed, photo-realistic works. Some actually speculate he may have been using a camera of sorts even though photography wouldn't come around until about 200 years later. One of the odd things about Vermeer is the small body of work he left behind. While his work was extremely detailed and one can obviously imagine resulted from a slow, deliberate process of a patient and persistent artist, it seems strange for an artist of his skill and stature to have only created about 35 works. That would put his pace at about 2 or 3 paintings per year and while quality takes time, it is hard to imagine an artist achieving that level of quality without years of practice and study producing hundreds of pieces in order to gain the skill to produce the fine art he is remembered for today. 

 

One of the things i find really interesting is that there does not appear to be much information about Vermeer’s artistic training. While he lived most of his life in the the Netherlands in the city of Delft, his name is conspicuously absent from records until 1653 when he was recorded to be a “master painter” with the delft guild of saint luke. Often there would be records of artists studying under others, working in another artists studio and rising in the ranks. Vermeer appears to have come on the scene starting at the top. This seems like a pretty remarkable accomplishment for the son of an innkeeper who inherited the family business.

 

While it is not unheard of for both artworks and records to be lost to history, the absence of evidence about Vermeer's training has led to some interesting speculation about how he became so good. The most intriguing theory is that he used a camera obscura to help in the creation of his works. A camera obscura would not create a photograph. It would simply project an image that an artist could trace. Basically the theory is that Vermeer used lenses and mirrors to project his subject so that he could trace it onto the canvas. The technology has been around for hundreds of years and plenty of artists including Leonardo da Vinci have toyed with the camera obscura. Many of my students have said that tracing something feels like cheating, but many artists would consider the camera obscura or other projectors to be simply a tool no different from using a ruler to draw a straight line or tape to mask off an area while painting. 

 

Some say evidence of the use of a camera obscura can be found in the hyper-focused detail of some pieces including maps in the background of his paintings along with blurring effects in other parts of the painting similar to the blur that happens because of the depth of field in a photograph. In his painting, The Music Lesson, there is a mirror that reflects the rest of the room. Vermeer included his easel in that reflection and there is a shuttered window and mysterious black box that some say was his camera obscura painted into the work. If you want to learn more about Vermeer and this camera obscura theory, there is a documentary called Tim’s Vermeer in which a man with no significant formal artistic training recreates a Vermeer painting using a camera obscura and the result is stunning. Ultimately whether due to his eye and freehand draftsmanship or innovation with technology, Vermeer was an incredibly skilled artist who created stunning works that continue to capture the imagination of viewers hundreds of years after they were painted and will continue to do so for hundreds of years to come.

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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Fun Fact Friday - The Renaissance Painter Who Played with his Food

Fun Fact Friday - The Renaissance Painter Who Played with his Food

February 11, 2022

Giuseppe Acrimboldo is best known for his quirky arrangements of food, foliage, animals and objects that form surreal portraits. 

For more information and images of the work discussed, check out the website www.whoartedpodcast.com

Jim Dine - Confetti Heart 1, 1985

Jim Dine - Confetti Heart 1, 1985

February 7, 2022

Jim Dine is an American artist who defies categorization. His work feels a little bit Pop Art, but with an emphasis on process and a gestural quality that at times feels like it has one foot in the abstract expressionist movement. Dine grew up in Cincinatti, Ohio. He was raised by second-generation immigrants who owned a hardware store and being surrounded by tools in his formative years, he grew a fascination and appreciation for them not only as utilitarian objects but things of beauty. In some of his works, he actually mounted tools onto the canvas similar to the approach of artists like Jasper Johns. 

Of course, Dine is probably best known for his use of the heart symbol in numerous works. The warmth and positivity of the symbol make it a favorite for art teachers particularly in February as so many students are excited about Valentine's Day, so I decided this was the perfect time to release an episode going into a little more depth on Jim Dine. 

As always, you can find an image of the work at my website www.whoartedpodcast.com My fellow art teachers can find some helpful resources for use in the classroom up on the site. Also, check out the Arts Madness page for a sneak peek at this year's tournament of artists. I would love to have more schools participating to get kids actively engaged in evaluating the works of so many diverse artists.

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Finally, don't forget to check out my other podcast, Art Smart to learn more about the elements and principles of art and design.

The World’s Blackest Black - The Feud Between Stuart Semple and Anish Kapoor

The World’s Blackest Black - The Feud Between Stuart Semple and Anish Kapoor

February 4, 2022

Scientists developed VANTA Black to absorb over 99% of visible light. The vertically aligned carbon nano tube array will trap the light creating a surreal effect like looking into a black hole. When the substance covers an object, the contours of the form disappear into a flattened silhouette. 

The artist Anish Kapoor has the exclusive right to use VANTA black for artistic purposes. The artist Stuart Semple doesn't like the notion of someone hoarding materials and so in a delightful bit of poetic justice, Semple has developed products like the pinkiest pink and the world's most glittery glitter which users must agree never to share with Anish Kapoor.

If you enjoy this show, please check out my other podcast, Art Smart which focuses on the Elements of Art and Principles of Design to help you become a more thoughtful creator and consumer of visual arts. You can find Art Smart on your favorite podcast app, or at the website www.whoartedpodcast.com 

Henri Matisse - The Dessert: Harmony in Red (The Red Room) 1908

Henri Matisse - The Dessert: Harmony in Red (The Red Room) 1908

January 31, 2022

This episode is about Henri Matisse, one of the greatest modern painters. Born in the late 19th century, Matisse started his education focusing on law. After an appendicitis at the age of 20, his mother gave him a paint set to keep him occupied while he was stuck in bed and Henri found his true calling. Matisse immersed himself in the arts. He attended art school, he became friends with artists who introduced him to the work of other great artists. Matisse actually put himself into debt buying works from people like Rodin and Cezanne to surround himself with artwork and inspire him while he was in his studio. 

In this episode we discussed one of Henri Matisse's greatest masterpieces, The Dessert: Harmony in Red (The Red Room) from 1908. 

As always you can find an image of the work at www.whoartedpodcast.com

If you enjoy the show, please follow, rate and leave a review on Apple Podcasts, Spotify or wherever you listen. Also, check out my other show, Art Smart.

Raphael’s The School of Athens

Raphael’s The School of Athens

January 28, 2022

This is a fun fact Friday mini episode about The School of Athens painted by Raphael in 1510 C.E. In this classic Rennaisance masterpiece, Raphael painted numerous classic Greek philosophers. The theme of the work is seeking knowledge and wisdom by coming to understand what came before and root causes. In this work, Raphael included a small self-portrait peeking out among the philosophers. Some say two of the ancient philosophers bear a striking resemblance to Raphael's fellow Rennaisance artists, Leonardo da Vinci and Michelangelo. 

Take a closer look at The School of Athens linked here or as always you can find more resources at www.whoartedpodcast.com

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Bonus: Art Smart - The Principles of Design

Bonus: Art Smart - The Principles of Design

January 26, 2022

I am dropping this bonus episode in the feed to day because a number of my listeners might be interested in my other podcast, Art Smart. This is the episode on the Principles of Design. Art Smart comes out every Wednesday focusing on the elements of art and principles of design to help listeners become more thoughtful creators and consumers of the visual arts. 

As an art teacher, I always try to make my podcast in a way that is clean and appropriate for all ages, so my fellow art teachers can safely use my podcasts as a classroom resource to help students enjoy exploring art and art history.  

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