Who ARTed: Weekly Art History for All Ages
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. 

Fun Fact Friday - The Burghers of Calais

Fun Fact Friday - The Burghers of Calais

April 8, 2022

In America, a lot of high school students are studying for the AP Art History Exam to try to earn college credit. I am trying to make sure my podcast can be a helpful resource for learning about art history and in a lot of my fun fact mini episodes I cover works of art that are required for the test. 

This mini episode covers a bit about Rodin and the story behind his piece, The Burghers of Calais.

 

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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.

 

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Fun Fact Friday - The Apollo 11 Stones

Fun Fact Friday - The Apollo 11 Stones

April 1, 2022

The Apollo 11 stones were named after the famous NASA mission though completely unrelated. W.E. Wendt heard news of the successful moon landing over his shortwave radio and decided to name the cave “Apollo 11” . The cave site had been a long standing shelter used by ancient humans. It is hard to say exactly how far back it goes. One of the problems with prehistoric people is that they didn’t leave us calendars and records marking the dates they created their works or artist’s statements explaining those pieces. Fossil records indicate that homosapiens came on to the scene around 100,000 years ago. Carbon dating indicates that the Apollo 11 stones were buried somewhere around 25,000BCE. When they were discovered, they were the oldest known pieces of African art and among the oldest bits of evidence of human artistic expression. The stone fragments were from a stone slab roughly the size of a human hand. On the stone, there is a creature often described as a therianthrope, a mythical creature that is part human and part animal. The drawing appears to have the body of a cat, legs of a human and on the head, there are trace elements of horns slightly curved reminiscent of an Oryx, a large antelope. This work suggests that in the middle stone age, there may have been mythology or even complex religious belief systems. The reason this is considered to be so significant is that it indicates that hunter-gatherers in Africa during the middle stone age were not only physically similar to modern humans but also behaviorally modern. They used art for creative expression with rituals and customs. Symbolic thought is really the capacity that makes humans able to communicate. It is why I consider art to be our greatest development as it makes all communication and advancement possible. The Apollo 11 stones demonstrated that early humans possessed that capacity long before what was previously believed.

As always you can find images of the work discussed on the website www.whoartedpodcast.com 

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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 

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

 

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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.

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.

Fun Fact Friday - The Nazca Lines

Fun Fact Friday - The Nazca Lines

March 11, 2022

This is a fun fact Friday mini episode covering a little bit of information about the Nazca Lines. 

The Nazca Lines are massive geoglyphs created in Peru around 400-600 CE. While there is a lot that is uncertain about them, the most common theory is that they were created for religious reasons. While the designs are absolutely huge with lines that span several miles, the full design is not really visible from the ground so they were not widely known until the age of aviation. In 1930 the designs were rediscovered by people flying in a plane over Nazca and they have been studied and speculated about ever since. 

You can find an image of some of the glyphs at www.whoartedpocast.com

 

 

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.

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