The Art Angle

A weekly podcast that brings the biggest stories in the art world down to earth. Go inside the newsroom of the art industry's most-read media outlet, artnet News, for an in-depth view of what matters most in museums, the market, and much more. 

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Writer Roxane Gay on What Art Can Teach Us Abou...
25 min
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Keltie Ferris and Peter Halley on the Mysteriou...
31 min
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How Facebook and the Helsinki Biennial Share a ...
38 min
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Artists in Residence at the World Trade Center ...
27 min
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Genesis Tramaine on How Faith Inspires Her Art
29 min
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The Bitter Battle Over Bob Ross's Empire of Joy
31 min
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How Monaco and Accra Are Spinning the Art World...
51 min
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How Britney Spears's Image Inspired Millennial ...
35 min
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How the Medicis Became Art History's First Infl...
32 min
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How Two Painters Helped Spark the Modern Conser...
33 min
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The Hunter Biden Art Controversy, Explained
37 min
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Legendary Auctioneer Simon de Pury on Monaco, H...
40 min
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18-Year-Old NFT Star Fewocious on How Art Saved...
Last month, a new name entered the art discussion when a suite of five digital artworks sold in a special sale at Christie's auction house in New York for $2.1 million. And it's a name you might not expect: Fewocious. That's the nom de art of Victor...
39 min
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The Art Angle Podcast (Re-Air): How Photographe...
The Art Angle team is taking this week off, but we'll be back July 9 with a new episode. In the meantime, here's one of our favorite recent episodes, featuring photographer Dawoud Bey on the occasion of his retrospective, "An American Project," on...
56 min
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Tyler Mitchell and Helen Molesworth on Why Grea...
Today one of the swiftest rising stars in the art world is a 26-year-old wunderkind photographer who is equally comfortable shooting heads of state for magazine profiles as he is putting together shows for the gallery context. Of course, we’re...
34 min
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How High-Tech Van Gogh Became the Biggest Art P...
Unless you are living under a particularly out of touch rock, you’ve probably heard of the immersive Van Gogh craze that is currently sweeping the globe.  In a sign of our strange times, the nineteenth century Dutch painter best-known for the...
30 min
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How Much Money Do Art Dealers Actually Make?
We’ve all seen the movie with the glamorous art dealer, maybe a villain who lives in a cutting edge palatial home, drives an impressive car and speaks with an impressive accent. That pretty much is the image of the art dealer in the popular...
33 min
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Shattering the Glass Ceiling (Re-Air): How Coll...
We wanted to make sure you had a chance to check out a very special new podcast miniseries we’ve rolled out. It’s called Shattering the Glass Ceiling, and its dedicated to spotlighting boundary-breaking women in the art world and beyond who have...
30 min
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Shattering the Glass Ceiling (Re-Air): Curator ...
For the past couple of weeks, we’ve been running a little experiment here at the Art Angle—namely our first-ever breakout mini-series, called Shattering the Glass Ceiling, dedicated to remarkable women in the art world who have succeeded in...
32 min
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What Does the Sci-Fi Art Fair of the Future Loo...
It’s a cliche to say that going to greater China is a bit like visiting the future, where technology is threaded into every aspect of daily life in ways that are both wondrous and scarily dystopian. But it’s totally true! And it was certainly the...
27 min
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How Kenny Schachter Became an NFT Evangelist Ov...
As much of the art world is beginning to rebound from the pandemic, the art market got a major shot in the arm itself: in little more than a week, New York’s big three auction houses held a spate of absolutely , bringing in a cumulative $1.3 billion...
35 min
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How Breonna Taylor's Life Inspired an Unforgett...
Right now, there's an , that is gaining international attention for a tragic reason. That’s because the show, titled “Promise, Witness, Remembrance,” is of Breonna Taylor, the 26-year-old Black woman who was killed by police during a raid of...
33 min
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Shattering the Glass Ceiling: Art Dealer Marian...
In the final installment of our mini-series Shattering the Glass Ceiling, Artnet News's art and design editor Noor Brara spoke with pioneering gallerist Mariane Ibrahim, founder of her eponymous gallery. Ibrahim opened her first outpost in Seattle,...
31 min
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'Art Detective' Katya Kazakina on How She Lands...
The biggest story at Artnet HQ this week is not, as you might imagine, the opening of the first IRL art fair in more than a year, it's the launch of Artnet News Pro! After being in the works for literally years, we have unveiled a very exciting new...
33 min
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Shattering the Glass Ceiling: Curator and Autho...
In the third episode of the Art Angle's podcast miniseries "Shattering the Glass Ceiling," Artnet News's London editor Naomi Rea spoke to curator and author Legacy Russell.  Russell is currently serving as the associate curator of exhibitions at...
31 min
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How Frieze Managed to Put Together the First Ar...
You know the scene at the end of Bong Joon-ho's 2013 film Snowpiercer where they leave the hellish bullet train and see that the frozen Tundra is starting to melt and nature is coming back to life? That kind of gives you the sense of...
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Shattering the Glass Ceiling: Art Collector and...
The second installment of this four-part podcast miniseries features Artnet News senior writer Sarah Cascone's interview with art collector and media executive Catherine Levene. Levene's 25-year career runs the breadth of the media space, beginning at...
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Shattering the Glass Ceiling: Curator Lauren Ha...
Welcome to Shattering the Glass Ceiling, a podcast from the team at the Art Angle where we speak to boundary-breaking women in the art world and beyond about how art has shaped their lives and careers. In the first episode of this four-part podcast...
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The Art Angle Presents: Shattering the Glass Ce...
As we begin to emerge into the new realities of 2021, the challenges of the past year have made vividly clear the importance of having leaders in all areas of society who reflect the true diversity of modern life. Women, in particular, have stepped...
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How Photographer Dawoud Bey Makes Black America...
This month, the murder trial of former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin for the death of George Floyd has brought the racial justice protests of the last summer viscerally back into the public consciousness, reigniting conversations in the...
56 min
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KAWS Is the World's Most Popular Artist. Why?
Art shows are a thing again! At least in New York, at least for now, and at least in the socially distanced way that we've come to see as normal. But it's really great news for the art museum-going crowd. And it's even better news that some of the...
39 min
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How the Pandemic Totally Changed the Art Market
Amazingly enough, it's now the spring of 2021. That means the weather is warming, the grass is greening, and the little buds are drinking in the cool rain. But more to the point, it means that we've made it through the terrible pandemic winter and are...
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How NFTs Are Changing the Art Market as We Know It
As we all now know, NFTs are the talk of the art world these days—they're everywhere. It's gotten to the point where you can't have a simple conversation with someone without them bringing up NFTs, or trying to turn the conversation in that...
49 min
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Lorraine O'Grady on the Social Castes of the Ar...
This month, as the world limps its way toward spring and, hopefully, a gradual return of normality, the Brooklyn Museum has opened a show called “Lorraine O’Grady: Both/And” that provides valuable fodder for thought in the year ahead. As the...
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Re-Air: Why Artist Trevor Paglen Is Doing Every...
In fall 2019, a new app called  was introduced to the world with what seemed like a simple, fun premise: snap a selfie, upload it to a database, and wait a few seconds for to tell you what type of person you are. Maybe a "teacher," maybe a...
36 min
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What Will Be the Fate of the Benin Bronzes?
The  is one of the bloodier, more shameful chapters in the history of the Western world’s "encyclopedic" museums. Looted from the Kingdom of Benin in 1897 by the British in a punitive raid whose indiscriminate slaughter and wanton cruelty...
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The Haunting History of the Benin Bronzes
For decades, one of the most urgent moral debates in the museum world has revolved around restitution, with art institutions around the world facing demands that masterworks in their collections be returned, either to countries like Greece and Italy...
33 min
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The Surprising Lessons of FDR’s New Deal Art P...
Shockingly enough, we are now coming up on the one year anniversary of the lockdown of the United States. At this point last year, a creeping dread had begun to blanket the globe. And then in March it happened: COVID hit the East Coast and fanned out...
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5 Steamy, Whirlwind Romances That Changed Art H...
In case you’ve forgotten—in which case, shame on you!—Valentine’s Day is right around the corner again, and we here at the Art Angle are all atwitter.We just love love, particularly when it comes to art history, which is about as full of...
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Kickstarter Founder Perry Chen on Art in the Ag...
It’s no secret that today we live in a world of dizzying, gobsmacking, and ever-intensifying complexity. Everything from the computers we carry in our pockets to the vaccines fighting the pandemic to the global networks that underpin our economies...
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MoMA Curator Paola Antonelli on Design for the ...
Right now, one of the most talked-about issues at hand for members of the international workforce is: what comes next? For those of us fortunate enough to work from home, will we persist in our pajama-wearing state forever? When, and how, will we ever...
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Artist Daniel Arsham on How He Built a Creative...
When he was just 12 years old,  had a near-death experience. Living in Florida with his parents, Hurricane Andrew struck in 1992, careening across the coastal state and taking with it Arsham's family house—ripping the roof off, tearing the...
38 min
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8 Predictions on How the Art World Will Shift i...
No one could have foreseen the giant boomerang of a year that was 2020. With its trifecta of health, financial, and social crises, it could not have been predicted by even the most studied of sages. No, not even Artnet News's resident forecaster, art...
36 min
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Can Art Help End the Era of Mass Incarceration?
Right now, more than 2 million people are living behind bars in prisons across America. California's San Quentin Prison is currently at 117 percent capacity. And with the coronavirus pandemic running rampant, many prisoners are in immediate danger....
30 min
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Re-air: The New Yorker's Peter Schjeldahl on Hi...
Re-air: The New Yorker's Peter Schjeldahl on His Adventures in Life as an Accidental Art Critic
31 min
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The Art Angle Presents: A Star-Studded Art Hist...
What happens when you pair three-to-six year-old children with esteemed art-world figures to play an art-historical guessing game? For our final episode of 2020, we decided to find out. We invited three of the most respected cultural leaders in the...
38 min
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Jeffrey Deitch on How to Succeed in the Art Ind...
Jeffrey Deitch is that rare type of creative who has a keen understanding of business: he holds an undergraduate degree in art history from Wesleyan University, and an MBA from Harvard Business School. Further blurring boundaries, he launched his...
47 min
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I Survived Zombie Art Basel Miami Beach
Every December for the better part of the past two decades, a throng of well-heeled dealers, collectors, artists, celebrities, publicists, and lookie loos descend on a small stretch of Miami Beach coastline for a final year’s-end bacchanal. Art...
33 min
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Why Awol Erizku Is So Much More Than Just Beyon...
The journey to becoming one of the most acclaimed photographers of his generation—at the tender age of 32—wasn't exactly a straight line for Awol Erizku. Born in Ethiopia and raised in the Bronx, Erizku's early interest in art didn't crystallize...
46 min
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Re-air: The Rise and Fall of Anne Geddes, Queen...
The Art Angle team is taking this week off for Thanksgiving, but we thought we'd share one of our favorite episodes from the past year to see you through this unconventional holiday weekend.  Picture this: a doughy, apple-cheeked infant nestled...
25 min
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Why New York’s Art Scene Will Reign Supreme Pos...
The news cycle for the past seven months has been dominated by staggering data points that seek to quantify the scope of the pandemic's effects on the United States and beyond. Within the art world, statistics detailing layoffs and furloughs, museums...
48 min
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How Does the Art World Feel About Joe Biden’s V...
Well, it finally happened. Former vice president Joe Biden and his running mate, Kamala Harris, have won the United States . They ran on the promise of a return to democracy and decency—as well as a repudiation of the past four years under Donald...
46 min
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How Pepe the Frog Explains America's Toxic Poli...
When San Francisco-based artist Matt Furie created a zine in 2005 featuring a rag-tag group of immature adolescent animals, including a heavy-lidded frog named Pepe, he had no idea that his humble drawing would become a flashpoint for roiling cultural...
29 min
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Ed Ruscha and Jimmy Iovine on How Art Can End t...
Ed Ruscha and Jimmy Iovine on How Art Can End the Trump Era
25 min
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How Frida Kahlo Can Change Your Life (for Bette...
Frida Kahlo is, by every metric, one of the most famous artists in the world. Recently the priciest Latinx painter at auction, she has also been the subject of solo shows at prestigious institutions around the world, and she continues to be a...
24 min
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The Painter and the Poet: A Tragic Love Story
Through October 24, Galerie Lelong in New York is presenting "," a striking show of paintings by the late artist Ficre Ghebreyesus that opens a portal to his hugely complex, visually stunning, and tragically short life. At age 16, Ghebreyesus...
33 min
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Could TikTok Save a Broken Art World?
For many emerging artists, social media platforms have become an indispensable platform for jumpstarting their careers. But years after Instagram sparked its first zeitgeist-shaping visual trends, a different set of creatives has begun finding their...
24 min
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What New York's Art World Looks Like Post-Lockdown
To call the mood of this past spring in the New York art world "apocalyptic" would hardly be an exaggeration. Although it was on March 22 that the rapid spread of COVID-19 pushed governor Andrew Cuomo to order the closure of all non-essential...
31 min
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How a Powerhouse Hollywood Agency Is Turning Ar...
It used to be that even the biggest, brawniest Hollywood talent agencies restricted their clientele to... well, Hollywood. That meant actors, filmmakers, screenwriters, and not much else. But Tinseltown's 10-percentaries have been playing by a new set...
32 min
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How the World Health Organization Is Using Art ...
Ask the average informed citizen what the responsibilities of the World Health Organization are, and they're likely to name initiatives like funding medical research and coordinating with politicians and diplomats across the globe to hone optimal...
26 min
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Futurist Doug Stephens on What Art Dealers Can ...
In a published in the Business of Fashion, Canadian futurist Doug Stephens opined on the likely realities of the commercial ecosystem that will emerge from the Great Shutdown. He predicted an economy in which behemoths like Amazon will reign...
29 min
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Re-air: The Unbelievable True Story of the Myst...
Art history thrives on stories of fearless visionaries leaving behind the lives they’ve known to embark on journeys into uncertain lands for personal enrichment and artistic illumination. But few are as surprising as that of Agnes Pelton, the...
26 min
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The Secret Art History of Burning Man
Today, practically everyone on earth knows about Burning Man, the countercultural extravaganza that draws  to a barren landscape in Nevada's Black Rock Desert every August to create a temporary city full of monumental art installations and...
33 min
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How Rupert Murdoch's Son Became Art Basel's Savior
Earlier this summer, rumors emerged that a member of the Murdoch media dynasty—most (in)famous for building the far-right Fox News—may be sniffing around a major investment in the MCH Group, the parent company of mega-fair Art Basel. Initial...
40 min
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How the Wellness Revolution Just Arrived in the...
A blue neon sign reading "You Belong Here" has become a new kind of beacon in Long Beach, California recently. The light sculpture by artist Tavares Strachan exists to welcome visitors to , a soon-to-debut multidisciplinary space fusing wellness...
23 min
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Art Critic Jerry Saltz on Why It's Time to Buil...
It's not often that you find an art critic—or anyone, for that matter—who can claim upwards of 400,000 Instagram followers, a Pulitzer Prize, and appearances on an as achievements of the past decade. But Jerry Saltz can. A look at his unlikely...
25 min
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How Black Women Are Leading a Grassroots Art Re...
Just days into the start of 2020, published an article analyzing which major American cities are the best, and the worst, for Black women residents. The report took into account a variety of metrics measuring "livability," and the consensus was that...
30 min
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How the Heck Did Auction Houses Just Sell Almos...
Each May, as the flowers bloom and the evening light lingers, the world's largest auction houses hold their marquee spring sales in New York, enabling perennial market leader Christie's, its arch-rival Sotheby's, and insurgent Phillips to collectively...
36 min
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How Hank Willis Thomas Is Making Politics an Ar...
Hank Willis Thomas is a busy man. The 44-year-old photographer, sculptor, filmmaker, and writer was already a force within the rarefied world of visual art before he decided to embrace politics on a large scale. But during the landmark presidential...
31 min
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The Unsettling Truth Behind What Columbus Monum...
In over the past month, activists have been  at symbols of oppression in the form of monuments: splashing them with paint, tagging them with graffiti, and most importantly, tearing them down. Among the most targeted statues in the US are...
30 min
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Meet the Smithsonian Curator Who Turns Proteste...
Although 2020 isn't even halfway done yet, the worldwide health crisis and the global uprising over civil rights already guarantee that this year will be one historians study forevermore. As challenging as it will be to sort through such monumental...
30 min
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Why Artist Trevor Paglen Is Doing Everything He...
In fall 2019, a new app called  was introduced to the world with what seemed like a simple, fun premise: snap a selfie, upload it to a database, and wait a few seconds for to tell you what type of person you are. Maybe a "teacher," maybe a...
36 min
73
Four Artists on the Front Lines of the George F...
As American citizens entered Memorial Day weekend this year, the nation was already in turmoil. Nearly 100,000 lives had been lost to a colossal public-health crisis, with a disproportionately high number of the victims being African American; tens of...
34 min
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The Rise and Fall of Anne Geddes, Queen of Baby...
Picture this: a doughy, apple-cheeked infant nestled in between the soft petals of a dew-kissed flower, sound asleep, like the start of a real-life fable. Almost everyone who conjures that mental image will do so using a nearly identical...
24 min
75
China’s Most Adventurous Museum Director on Glo...
In late January, Philip Tinari, the director of Beijing's pioneering , was in Davos, Switzerland for the latest outing on the non-stop international carousel of events that has defined the art world for much of the 21st century. It was there, on a ski...
28 min
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YouTube’s No-Nonsense Art Guru on How to Unlock...
How many times have you heard someone in a museum scoff "I could do that" in the presence of a solid-black canvas or an obtuse conceptual installation? You're not alone, and frankly, curator-turned-YouTube-star Sarah Urist Green understands the...
28 min
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How Marina Abramović Became the Center of a Vas...
Just when you thought the spring of 2020 couldn't get any weirder, a Marina Abramović caught the attention of conspiracy peddler Alex Jones and his followers, sparking accusations that the artist was practicing satanism and reigniting the...
28 min
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The New Yorker's Peter Schjeldahl on His Advent...
In his 2019 essay "The Art of Dying," acclaimed critic Peter Schjeldahl describes Patsy Cline's voice as "attending selflessly to the sounds and the senses of the words... consummate." The same could be said about Schjeldahl's incomparable writing...
30 min
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Ai Weiwei on the Coronavirus, China, and Art's ...
Ai Weiwei is not shy about tackling the big issues. Despite winning international acclaim for his interdisciplinary, boundary-pushing art, the Chinese-born artist is better known in some circles for his activism—though in his estimation, the two are...
24 min
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How Photography Is Being Revolutionized in the ...
Today, Antwaun Sargent is known as the preeminent critical and curatorial voice for one of the most important movements in contemporary photography. Along with its accompanying exhibition, his book,  , stands as an important statement on a...
28 min
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Why Germany's COVID-19 Relief Plan Is the Envy ...
Although the coronavirus pandemic is first and foremost a public-health emergency, it rapidly proved to be a deep financial emergency, too. With businesses and cultural institutions around the world forced to shutter en masse in the face of...
24 min
82
The Unbelievable True Story of the Mystical Pai...
Art history thrives on stories of fearless visionaries leaving behind the lives they've known to embark on journeys into uncertain lands for personal enrichment and artistic illumination. But few are as surprising as that of Agnes Pelton, the...
26 min
83
Three Ways Coronavirus Will Transform the Art W...
In the past month, the world—and by extension, the art world—has changed so drastically that it is almost unrecognizable. While the novel 2019 coronavirus continues to threaten countries around the globe and industries of all types, major and...
36 min
84
Why Art and Fashion Need Each Other Now
For its first-ever live episode, recorded at the 2020 Armory Show, the Art Angle brought on couture wunderkind Sander Lak, the creative director of the white-hot Sies Marjan, to discuss the intersection of art and fashion. The Dutch designer, who...
25 min
85
What Does an Art Scene Look Like Under the Coro...
Usually, the first weeks of March are intensely busy ones for the international art community, as they lead up to the Art Basel Hong Kong art fair: an unmissable event that galleries, museums, and even other cultural sectors in the region have used as...
27 min
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How an Art-Dealing Prodigy Became the Market's ...
A man on the run, millions of dollars missing, major artworks with multiple claims to ownership: these aren't plot points in the latest Hollywood blockbuster, they're elements of the of the young art dealer Inigo Philbrick. The son of a lauded museum...
26 min
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Is the Museum of Ice Cream the Future of Art, o...
There's a buzzy new museum taking over New York, and it boasts the types of specs that would make competitors drool. Now housed in a  in the hip SoHo neighborhood, this fresh destination has welcomed more than 1.5 million visitors since it...
26 min
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What Is Saudi Arabia Trying to Do With Contempo...
Some 16 months after the brutal murder of Washington Post at the hands of state agents, the organization behind the namesake Southern California biennial Desert X announced that it would put on an ambitious new exhibition of contemporary art in ,...
24 min
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How Hollywood Finally Fell for the Art Market
The Oscars may be over, but Hollywood is about to be overrun with a different kind of A-lister this week when the art world descends on Tinseltown for the of Frieze Los Angeles. Despite the glut of disposable income earned from media moguls and tech...
27 min
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How Jeffrey Epstein Made the Art World His Hunt...
Over the past few weeks, the long-awaited trial of former Hollywood rainmaker Harvey Weinstein has unfolded in harrowing fashion, with one after another of his accusers taking the stand to allege patterns of sexual and psychological abuse. The grim...
22 min
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How the Art World Fell Under the Spell of the O...
You don't hear the words "witch hunt" much nowadays, unless by a certain US President. But the term is increasingly relevant—in a much more literal sense—to any tour through the art-historical canon, where witchcraft, paganism, and the occult...
25 min
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Nicolas Party on Why Being an Art Star Is Like ...
After a period of reckoning with a less-than-inclusive art historical canon, it seems increasingly clear that viewers (and dealers) are once again ready to embrace fresh young talent from the land of the living—artists bringing new perspectives and...
23 min
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What Do the Protests in Hong Kong Mean for Art?
Above and beyond its well-established status as a global financial center, Hong Kong has spent the 21st century rapidly transforming into an international nexus for the art market: welcoming to both Eastern and Western collectors, appealing to...
23 min
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Four Predictions on How the Art World Will Tran...
Whether you ascribe to the centuries-old Georgian Calendar or slept through the clock striking midnight, ushering in a new year is often a time for reflection on what's past, and what is to come. Here at Artnet News, resident business editor and...
25 min
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How to Understand the Radical, Viral Artworks T...
As a barrage of retrospective pieces from countless publications (including Artnet News) made clear throughout December 2019, the opening moments of 2020 signal , not just a new year. Looking back, the 2010s seem to be defined by one intense...
28 min
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How an Artist’s $120,000 Banana Ate the World
At the start of December, the Art Angle team had other, loftier ideas for the show's first Christmas episode. Maybe we would dig into the most important developments in the art world this past year or examine the in Hong Kong and their . But then, we...
25 min
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New Yorker Art Scribe Calvin Tomkins on What Ma...
Six decades ago, an editor at Newsweek magazine summoned a young journalist named Calvin Tomkins out of the foreign-news department to interview the legendary conceptual artist Marcel Duchamp, who had allegedly left art-making in favor of playing...
23 min
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Is the Art World Causing a Climate Catastrophe?
For our latest episode, team Art Angle traveled to Art Basel Miami Beach to examine a much thornier and more urgent issue than the glamorous trade show's business: the art world's impact on Mother Earth. From thousands of deep-pocketed collectors...
20 min
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Art Basel Rules the Art Market. Is That a Good ...
This week, what seems like the entire art industry, every luxury company, and every celebrity or status-seeker available will be traveling to south Florida for , the final stop on the annual art-market calendar—as well as a champagne-soaked...
24 min
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How Yayoi Kusama Became an Unlikely Pop-Culture...
The 90-year-old Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama is an international sensation. Exhibitions featuring her ongoing series of “Infinity Mirrored Rooms” consistently draw tens, if not hundreds, of thousands of visitors from all walks of life, with many...
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