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Jo's Art History Podcast

Author: Jo McLaughlin

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Join art historian Jo McLaughlin as she delves into the wonderful world of art history in a different way!

Jo’s aim is to begin breaking down the elitism which surrounds the subject of art history and believes in order to do so, it’s important to create a space where everyone from all walks of life have the opportunity to talk about art that is meaningful to them; as let’s face it, if you are passionate about something, you are going to be good at talking about it!

Painting, sculpture, architecture, jewellery, ceramics, design – no subject is off limits on Jo’s Art History Podcast.
38 Episodes
It’s the final episode of season one!  Yes, after 35 weeks of non-stop art history content, I thought now would be the perfect time to round off season one is style - and I promise we are going out on a high! On today’s episode I sit down with artist and art historian Joanne Oatts to discuss one of Art History’s most iconic female artists - Georgia O’Keeffe! O’Keeffe is one of those artists who was all too quickly pigeon holed as a creative who solely painted flowers and that contained highly sexualised undertones. I am happy to report however she is far more than that! Thanks to an continued effort of art historians around the world, as well as a blockbuster exhibition at the Tate Modern in 2016 O’Keeffe’s outpour has been rightly reevaluated showing the artist in all her glory. Joanne a.k.a. Jo takes us on a whistle stop tour of some of O’Keeffe’s outpour and we discuss 5 works which highlight the varied creative developments of the artist’s life. O’Keeffe was an absolute powerhouse. Not only as an artist but as a woman and I can think of no better artists to round off season one of the Jo’s Art History Podcast with. Sit back and relax as Jo and I discuss the amazing Georgia O’Keeffe. Guest: Joanne Oatts Website: Instagram: The Outvertising Podcast: Host: Jo McLaughlin Website: Instagram: Further Reading Whitney Museum: Georgia O’Keeffe Museum: New Mexico Landscape with O’Keeffe: New Yorker Interview: Great Introduction Videos: The Art History School: O’Keeffe at Tate: M2M - Great interview with the artist herself! :
Welcome back to the Jo’s Art History Podcast! It’s episode 34 and the penultimate episode of season one and today, I have something really special for you all! As some of you may remember my second episode of the Jo’s Art history Podcast was all about The Barbican, the incredible brutalist social housing estate in London which people either love or love hate. If you have listened to the episode, you will know I love the barbican and everything it stands for, so I was beyond delighted when the brilliant Gaby and Howard who live in the Barbican got in touch to suggest an episode offering an insider’s view of living there! Which is exactly what this episode is! Gaby and Howard offer a unique inside look into living in an architectural experiment, the changing perception of the Barbican throughout their history of living there and how this amazing building has kicked started GreyScape, their online site which celebrates and discusses all things Brutalist architecture and the amazing ‘concrete community’ this has now formed over the last 4 years! This is a really special conversation where Gaby and Howard talk openly about the ever evolving opinion and interactions about the Barbican and how the city and it’s opinion of the estate has evolved, why Brutalist architecture gets a bad name and suggest why it is so important to look again at these buildings and what they tell us about the time periods in which they were built. Thank you so much to Gaby and Howard. It was a privilege. Enjoy everyone - this one is special. J x Guests: Gaby & Howard of GreyScape Website: Instagram: The Barbican:
Welcome back to the Jo’s Art History Podcast! It’s episode 33 and this week I discuss museums and galleries being open once again after a new lifting of restrictions in the UK. As a lover of art I was straight out the door and back in museums, but after reading in the paper there was still a large divide of people feeling comfortable in these spaces, I thought I would offer my thoughts and experience of how I have found being back in the art world since restrictions have lifted. I talk personal experiences in the art world, why I felt very safe in the museums I have visited and offer up a few tips and tricks for those who may not be comfortable being back in large institutions yet, but would still very much like to see some art. If you have any tips yourself, I would love you to share them! Makes sure to follow me on Instagram: @josarthistory And check out my website:
Welcome back to the Jo’s Art History Podcast! It’s episode - and this week I sit down with the brilliant Graphic designer Tilly Haley to discuss one of the WORLDS (not just the UK’s) greatest designs! THE LONDON UNDERGROUND MAP! Although the London Underground opened in the 1860s and it probably worthy of a podcast episode it itself - it is the London Underground Tube Map which is taking centre stage today. Although it had several maps designs during its long duration of operation, the map we use today has been developed from an original design Harry (Henry) Beck. What is even more interesting is Beck was not a designer - but an engineer who worked for the underground and designed his map in his own time. Although originally knocked back as ‘too radical’, Beck persisted his design would revolutionise how people used the underground - and he wasn’t half spot on!! Tilly talks us through the design developments of the underground map before, during and after Beck’s time and we celebrate the legacy of this incredible man who single handedly It isn’t all sunshine and daisies here though - like any good story there are of course a few villains thrown it! This is a brilliant chat about one of the world’s most iconic maps, which really, isn’t a map at all! Intrigued? Listen to discover all!! ---- Henry (Harry) Beck: History of the London Underground Video I mention: Hutchinson’s Blog Post we mention: London Transport Museum Archive: London 2021 Silver Poster Medals Poster:
Welcome back to the Jo’s Art History Podcast! It’s episode 31 and this week I sat down with contemporary artist Jeff Musser to discuss 3 incredible works by the ORIGINAL art world bad boy Caravaggio. Born in Milan in 1571 to humble beginnings, Caravaggio went onto ROCK the art world with his incredible handling of light, perception and people within his depictions. He is one of those artists whose work looks so real, you can almost feel the pain and ecstasy of the people he depicts in his works. Jeff talks to us about three lesser discussed works by Caravaggio which hold a significant importance to him. These are: The Crucifixion Of Saint Peter The Conversion Of Saint Paul The Madonna Of The Pilgrims Jeff’s passion and love for Caravaggio is immediately evident and my mind is still blown away at how brilliant this chat was. I would seriously recommend you look up the three works we talk about as no matter how much Jeff and I try and describe how amazing they are - it is not as good as getting a sense for them yourself. Sit back, relax and enjoy! This episode is something special! Guest info: Jeff Musser Instagram: Website: Further reading:,same%20manner%20as%20Jesus%20Christ.
Welcome back to the Jo’s Art History Podcast. It’s episode 30 and in today’s episode we are taking you online to look at a selection of Latin American artists and their response to making during the Covid-19 crisis with the help of my guest, curator and art historian, Gisselle Girón. Gisselle works between the UK and Peru and takes us on a whistle stop tour of 5 examples of Latin American Artists who have rejected the traditional display paths - such as museums and galleries in favour of online, virtual platforms. Gisselle speaks so beautifully and passionately about the importance of breaking down traditional viewing perceptions, why the internet is a tool to make art accessible and just how we can all become patrons to contemporary artists living and working today. It’s a long episode at 1 hour and a half but I was so in awe of Giselle who makes some really brilliant points throughout the episode it did not feel right to edit it down to 1 hour! Stick the kettle on, sit back and enjoy - it is a brilliant episode! J x Guest Details: My website: My email: Gisselle Girón (Lima) is a curator and art historian working between the UK and Peru. She has been part of the collective processes behind the digital platform Gifggenheim and the working office Oficina M20 - Hotel Savoy. She recently curated the digital exhibition "Maldita Primavera" for Abrir Galería, the solo exhibition "Voces Familiares, un jardín, un dron, el ajedrez y una canción" by Elena Tejada-Herrera, and has been steward of the project "DAFFPDSE: Diagrama Arqueológico del Futuro en Flujo: Plastic Dreams -Sueños de Esponja" by Marisabel Arias. On her website you can find all the gossip and details about her work, as well as songs, memes and other recommendations to keep on living: Links to Artwork Kathryn Paucar's website: Instagram: Obras de Arte Comentadas Website: Obras de Arte Comentadas' Patreon: 3. Bexpo 8's Discord invite: Platform Discord: 4. Dani de la Torre: Patreon: Instagram: 5. Luciana Ponte's project "": Project: Luciana Ponte's "No NTIEN2 XQ T KIERO":
Well what an episode I have for you today!! Ever heard of Peggy Angus? I certainly hadn’t until the brilliant Clare Dales got in touch to tell me all about this incredible woman. Peggy Angus was a British designer, artist and educator born in 1904. Although born in Chile, her family relocated back to the UK when she was 5 and she grew up in Muswell Hill, London. At 17, she won a scholarship to study at the Royal College of Art and studied alongside now world renowned artists such as Barbara Hepworth, Henry Moore, Eric Ravilious and Edward Bawden; just to name drop a few. Peggy is best known for her love of pattern and design and spent a large part of her career making incredible patterned tile designs/murals for architectural projects around the UK as well as hand made wall paper. Let me repeat that. HAND-MADE wall paper. Within the cannon of art history, she has very much slipped into the shadows but thanks to an exhibition at the Tower Gallery in Eastbourne in the UK in 2014, more is known about this great artists. Clare takes us on a brilliant whistle stop tour of Peggy’s life and work and set the scene beautifully for allowing us to understand the challenges Peggy faced as an artist working after World War 1 and World War 2. You are going to love this - so sit back and relax as we discuss the INCREDIBLE Peggy Angus! Additional links and info: For a quick over view: And: Obituary: Guardian: Images: The tile company: The New Craftsmen: The festival of Britain & Peggy’s Tiles: All images referred to on the podcast will be Host: Clare Dales Twitter: @clare_dales Instagram:  @claredalesart Facebook: Clare Dales Art Etsy:
Welcome back to the Jo’s Art History Podcast  Today I sit down with art historian Bryony Large for a brilliant conversation discussing the changing representation of the female figure throughout art history and what is/was considered as ‘the ideal female form.’ This is a massive topic as you can imagine and Bryony has done an amazing job at selecting 4 corner stone works from within the Canon of Art History as a way of introducing this topic and to get you thinking about the changing perception of the female form. We discuss the male gaze in classical art history in Botticelli’s Birth of Venus and what is arguably believed to be the first painting ever that sees a woman own her sexuality,  Manet’s Olympia. We also discuss Jenny Saville, an artist who as Bryony so brilliantly puts it is ‘the destroyer of false fetishes’ as well as discussing the lack of representation of disabled bodies and why Marc Quinn’s Alison Lapper sculpture is so important to make you think and look again at not only what we do see, but what we do not see represented within art! Guest: Bryony Large Instagram: Website: Host: Jo McLaughlin Instagram: Website: Works discuss & Further Reading: 1) Birth of Venus (1485/86) by Sandro Botticelli Great Artsy Article about the Importance of Venus in culture: The male gaze: Women in Art: 2) Olympia (1863) by Edouard Manet Article: 3) Propped (1992) by Jenny Saville Articles: 4) Alison Lapper Pregnant (2005) by Marc Quinn (sculpture) Guardian Article: Alison Lapper Website:
⭐ WELCOME BACK TO THE JO’S ART HISTORY PODCAST ⭐ It is good to be back with a fresh new episode after a week off! It’s Episode 27 and today, I sat down with artist, Brian Kielt, to discuss how different artists tackle the practise and concept of drawing. When Brian suggested talking about this, I had never really given much thought to the history and importance of drawing within art; but as you will see from our chat, where we take a deep dive into the works of FIVE artists, no two of approach drawing in the same way nor hold it in the same importance within their practise. From the sketchbooks of Leonardo  Di Vinci and the loose markings of Maggi Hambling, to the final work of Francis Bacon and erased masterpieces, Brian and I ask the questions: Is drawing important? When did collecting drawings become the norm in the art world? And… If an artist draws on a napkin - is it a work of art because it’s by the hand of an artist - or is it just a doodle? This was an excellent chat which really got me thinking about just how varied EVERYONE'S approach to drawing is. And that really - there is no right and wrong way of drawing - it's something that comes down to personal taste and practise. I’d love to know your thoughts so please do get in touch! Contact info below! Guest: Brian Keilt Instagram Website: Twitter: Host: Jo McLaughlin Instagram: @josarthistory Website: Email:
I've decided to give myself a wee Easter holiday this week and following on from International Women's month I have dipped into the podcast archive to revisit this brilliant episode all about Frida Kahlo with Rebecca Milford! To remind you: On today’s podcast Jo sits down with Rebecca Milford, founder of cosmic cures, about one of the 20th century’s most iconic figures - FRIDA KAHLO. Frida Kahlo is a larger than life icon in today’s society, but throughout her life suffered not only immense pain due to an accident which happened to the artist in her youth, but was known as the wife of the famous Mexican mural painter, Diego Rivera, only really began receiving recognition in the few years before her death. Known for her powerful self portraits Kahlo is now a force to be reckoned with in the history of art. Join Jo and Rebecca as they discuss Frida’s works, her rocky relationship with her husband Diego, the illnesses that plagued her and her love of life. Guest: Rebecca Milford Website: Instagram: @cosmic_cures Host: Jo McLaughlin Website: Instagram: @josarthistory Artworks: The Henry Ford Hospital, 1932 The Two Fridas, 1939 The Broken Column, 1944 Viva la Vida, 1952 Case Azul, The Blue House now the Frida Kahlo Museum, Mexico. All images referred to on the show can be found on my website here: or on my Instagram page @josarthistory Frida Kahlo Resources: This is a GREAT overview video about the life and works of Frida Kahlo: Tour of Casa Azule - this also give you a wee look into Kahlo’s wardrobe! A great wee video on the the painting The Two Frida’s: There are also several books written on Frida which you can find in any good book shop and there is also a film made about her life which stars Salma Hayek. This film was released in 2002 and can be watched on youtube for c.£2.50. (Please note this price was actuate at the time of recording - this may have changed)
It’s episode 26 of Jo’s Art History Podcast! Well, I have an incredibly fascinating episode for you all this week! Today, I sit down with artist and perfumer of the people, Michael Borkowsky to talk about the history of perfume and WHY this is an art form in itself. From magical positions for everlasting youth to bottling the scent of the new modern day woman, Michael takes us on a whistle stop tour on the art of perfume through the ages. Only discovering and falling in love with the art and practise of making perfume few years ago, it has taken Michael on an incredible journey of history and alchemy which has now intertwined into his artistic practise. What is even more interesting though is perfume has always held an important place within different societies throughout the history of the world. This is an incredibly interesting chat with Michael and we also mention his absolutely brilliant series on youtube called ‘Plague for Plague Sake’ which you can find a link to in the show notes below! Michael has an incredibly interesting practise so please do check him out below: Guest: Michael Borkowsky Artist & Perfumer of the people! Instagram: Website: Contact: Michael runs Frontier Gallery: Michael’s Series Plague for Plague’s sake: Notes from Michael at a glance & Further reading: Tapputi the Chemist (1200 BC) - Tapputi is considered to be one of the worlds first perfumers. She used flowers and herbs local to Egypt and combined them with water and solvents which were subsequently filtered. Her perfume making process and use of local materials has informed a facet of my own work, whereby I have made fragrances using Sheffield's river water in order to evoke a sense of place. As an aside, Egypt was also the country that founded the idea of the perfume bottle, which in itself is steeped in history. Short Video on the History of Tapputi: Article on the history of Tapputi: Hungary Water (1370-1470 AD) - One of the first alcohol-based perfumes created in Europe, Hungary Water has somewhat dubious origins but was thought to be created by an alchemist-Monk as a possible means to cure Queen Elizabeth of Hungary's headaches. As such, it's an example of how perfume was used as medicine. This provided me with inspiration to create a video series, entitled 'Plague for Plague's Sake', that sees me recreate some somewhat dubious historical plague cures by utilising the art of perfumery. Lush - History of Hungry Water: Hungary Water Wiki Page: Victorians and Flowers (1850 - 1900) - While the idea that flowers have symbolic meaning has been recognised for centuries, it was popularised by the Victorians, where deciphering the meanings became both a pastime and a way of sending messages. The idea that scent can be a means of communication highlights how perfume can be an art form. The Language of Flowers: What did Victorian Ladies Smell like: Chanel No 5 (1921) - Chanel No 5 was created by the perfumer Earnest Beaux in 1921 for Gabrielle 'Coco' Chanel as a means of appealing to the progressive feminist attitudes of 1920's women. Beaux offered Chanel 10 vials of scent, and her favourite was the 5th vial, hence the name Chanel No 5. Chanel also believed she had something of an affinity with the number 5, which may have influenced her decision. The narrative of how Chanel No 5 came about is a story of collaboration, superstition and artistry which influences my...
⭐ Welcome back to the Jo’s Art History Podcast! ⭐ It’s episode 25 and I thought I would try something a little different today. I sit down with regular podcast guest Nicole McLaughlin aka, Nico Paws, to talk about how each of us ended up finding our way into the arts. Although Nicole and I are sisters and we would definitely class ourselves as creatives, our paths into study and work COULD NOT BE more different. Nicole and I ask each other 5 questions about our education, why we picked the subjects we did, why we like art, what we wish we knew and any advice for anyone going forward into the working world or thinking of studying an arts based subject. When I was studying, I would of found something like this really helpful. Just to see that the road into education is not always a straight line and that feeling intimidated or not good enough is part of the experience and something everyone goes through. Furthermore, I would of found it great to know that  learning  to overcome these feelings is also an important part of the journey! I hope you enjoy! Jo x
Welcome Back!! This week on the Jo’s Art History podcast I sit down with Leeds based visual artist and art world professional Lauren Harrison to discuss the idea of art as a full immersive experience. Well, first of all, what do we mean by saying ‘a full immersive experience'; as this is not a phrase really associated with art and the art world. Well - it should be and there are plenty of artists out there creating incredible works which soul success lie in audience interaction and participation. Lauren talks us through three such examples of ‘art as a full immersive experience’ and we debate the pros and cons of the art world fully embracing the digital age. This is an incredible chat which really will get you thinking. So sit back and relax as Lauren and I discuss, Art as an Immersive Experience. Guest: Lauren Harrison Website: Email: Instagram: Brews_&_Chats Host: Jo McLaughlin Instagram: Website: 1. Pipilotti Rist '‘Selfless in the Bath of Lava’. (1994) Video of the artist in a sea of lava and fire looking up from a small hole in the floor of the gallery forcing the audience to physically manipulate themselves to see the piece. Google Arts & Culture: 2. Van Gogh experience VR experience of Van Goghs work where the audience gets to walk 'amongst' the pieces and immerse themselves in digital paintings. The space as they know it is transformed as they explore the world that has been created for them. The Light workshop in Paris: 3. Chris Milk - Treachery of The Sanctuary (2012) The audience interacts with the piece across 3 panels that represent birth, death and transfiguration - Without their participation, the piece could not exist. Some other artists of interest: TeamLab:
Welcome back to the Jo’s Art History Podcast and welcome to my first International Women’s Day Special! And what a a treat we have in store for you today! Ever heard of Anna Atkins? Well, you will definitely not forget her after this incredible chat with photographer and photographic artist Josie Purcell! Anna Atkins is THE FIRST PERSON EVER to create a photo book with her 1843 Photographs of British Algae: Cyanotype Impressions. How did she create this I hear you ask? Using the Cyanotype printing process!!  Listen to find out more about this incredible woman who helped make great advancements not only in art but within Science and botany. Happy International Women’s Day! Guest: Josie Purcell Website: Instagram: Twitter: Host: Jo McLaughlin Instagram: @josarthistory Website: What is Cyanotype: Wiki:,ammonium%20citrate%20and%20potassium%20ferricyanide Notes on Anna from Josie: Anna Atkins is often described as the first person to create a photo book with her 1843 Photographs of British Algae: Cyanotype Impressions. Her mother died when she was still a young girl and it was her father, a scientist and the first president of the Royal Entomological Society of London, who encouraged, and enabled, her interest in science. Women were frustratingly denied the option to follow their passions at that time, but fortunately for Anna, she was able to develop her interest in botany, including as a botanical illustrator and then using the Cyanotype process, which was invented by family friend Sir John Herschel. Through her family’s standing in society, she was able to attend meetings at the Royal Society where photography and science were discussed, something very few women could dream of accessing. Anna joined one of the few scientific societies open to women, The Botanical Society of London, in 1839. Anna produced two more books with her friend Anne Dixon: Cyanotypes of British and Foreign Ferns (1853) and Cyanotypes of British and Foreign Flowering Plants and Ferns (1854). View Anna’s Cyanotype Volume 1 here: Anna Atkins: History of Photobooks:,was%20created%20by%20Anna%20Atkins.
Calling all street art lovers - this one is for you ;) Join Jo as she sits down with art historian, broadcaster and writer Verity Babbs as she speaks about the British super star that is BANKSY!! A prolific street artist and lets be honest - total enigma, Banksy has in recent years re-written the rules for street artists all over the world. Verity, talks us through 5 of the artist’s most iconic works; not only pointing out their importance within the history of art but their powerful messages within. Banksy is an artist banging the drum for social change, art for all and more importantly, sticking the middle finger up to those deserving of being brought down a peg or two. We talk boats, theme parks and shopping trollies in Monet’s famous Lilly pond!. A great episode not to be missed! Guest: Verity Babs Instagram: Youtube: Website: Host: Jo McLaughlin Instagram: Youtube: Website: ALL WORKS CAN BE VIEWED ON MY INSTAGRAM PAGE @josarthistory OR MY WEBSITE. Further Reading: Show Me the Monet. Great TV interview in the gallery in this link too: Pest Control - Banky’s Authentication site: Dismaland: French Embassy: Guardian: Is Neil Buchanan BANKSY?: Article:
Welcome back to the Jo's Art History Podcast! It's episode 21! This week I sit down with artist and art historian Lloyd Spencer to talk about one of the greatest artist to ever live - VERMEER! Now considered a master of the Dutch Golden Age, Vermeer only ever completed 35 paintings within his life. What is even more interesting is that the majority of these paintings feature women as the main or only subject! But, WHY?? Lloyd has gone above and beyond for this episode by creating a website where he has complied his notes and images we discuss in the podcast called Vermeer’s Women. Please find the link in the show notes below: Lloyd’s website Vermeer’s Women: So it back and relax as Lloyd and I discuss Vermeer’s love of depicting women, his incredible attention to detail, his love of primary colours and why it is important to look and think again about this incredible body of work! Guest: Lloyd Spencer Website: Email: Host: Jo McLaughlin Instagram: Youtube: Website: Essential Vermeer WEBSITE - your one stop shop for all Vermeer paintings and everything you ever need to know!! Vermeer: Master of Light: Vermeer: Girl with a Pearl Earring: BBC Doc- The Madness of Vermeer: What is a camera Obscurer: Essential Vermeer on Instagram,:
Welcome back art history lovers to the Jo's Art History Podcast! It's episode 20 and today I sit down with British artist Hannah Lingard to discuss the colourful world of David Hockney! A key figure in British contemporary art - Hockney’s love of colour is one of the artist’s defining features! Something else Hockney is known for is his love of exploration and not pigeonholing his artistic practise - something Hannah and I both love about the artist!! So join Hannah and I as we discuss the colourful world of David Hockney, his love of exploration, iPad drawings and why you should never stop challenging yourself! Guest: Hannah Lingard Website: Instagram: Host: Jo McLaughlin Instagram: Youtube: Website: The three Hockney works we talk about: The Arrival of Spring in Woldgate, East Yorkshire in Twenty-Eleven, 365.8x975.4cm Barry Humphries, 26th, 27th, 28th March 2015, 48x36in, acrylic on canvas. Self portrait, 20 March 2012, iPad drawing, 2012 Hockney Further Reading Hockney Ipad drawings: RA 81 Portraits and 1 still life: High & Low Art: Hockney in the 1986 doc for the BBC: Hockney’s 32 canvas painting: David Hockney Stained Glass Window:
It’s Episode 19 and today we are all about ART NOUVEAU!!! This dreamy movement within art history is characterised by its whiplash waves and women who look like they are straight out of your dizzy daydreams! This week I welcome back Scottish Illustrator Nicole McLaughlin aka Nico Paws to talk about the work of the godfather of Art Nouveau - Alphonse Mucha! Mucha is responsible for some of Art Nouveau’s most iconic depictions but falls into the classic ‘know his work but not the artist’s name’ category. From dreamy interiors to using pin up girls in advertising, Mucha pathed the way for a new art movement born off the back of The Arts and Crafts Movement. Guest: Nicole McLaughlin Instagram: Website: Etsy: Host: Jo McLaughlin Instagram: Website: ALL IMAGES MENTIONED ARE AVAILABLE TO VIEW VIA MY WEBSITE OR ON MY INSTAGRAM HIGHLIGHTS. TO FIND THEM ON INSTAGRAM - GO TO @JOSARTHISTORY & LOOK IN MY HIGHLIGHTS SECTION FOR THE EPISODE NUMBER. This podcast can also be viewed on Youtube with subtitles. Further Reading on Mucha:
It’s Episode 18! Welcome back to the Jo’s Art History Podcast. This week, I sit down with Art Historian and artist Ally Zlatar for a really thought provoking discussion all around the use of animals in contemporary art and the moral questions this can provoke. From artists living in pig pens and floating sharks in tanks; to fish in blenders and painted elephants. Ally and I talk about the lack of clarity around using both live and dead animals in art and the questions around the ethics and morality of using animals in such a way raise.  We explore if it is ever ok to kill an animal for the sake of art and why these works, although shocking are really, really, important at making us not only reflect on our values, but think about on how we take action against certain things, but not others! I want to thank Ally for bringing to my attention this area of art history, theory and philosophy - it’s a really thought provoking episode and starts a very important conversation around some VERY big questions. Guest: Ally Zlatar Instagram: @allycardone Website: Email: Host: Jo McLaughlin Instagram: @josarthistory Website: All images discussed are available on my website and Instagram: Artworks: Miru Kim, The Pig That Therefore I Am. Photo Series. 2010. Doosan Gallery. New York. Hirst, Damien (1991) The Physical Impossibility of Death in the Mind, [Installation: Glass, steel, silicon, formaldehyde and shark] 217 x 542 x 180 cm. Evaristti, Marco (2000) Helena, [Moulinex Optiblend 2000 electric blenders, live goldfish, Further reading: Artsy Article: Muri Kim: Damien Hirst: Marco Evaristti: This is the interview and then Goldfish thread which I talk about during the podcast: Banksy Elephant: Please make sure to like, rate and subscribe to the Jo's Art History Podcast!
It’s Episode 17 and if you, like the rest of the world, have fallen in love with Bridgerton - THIS EPISODE IS FOR YOU. Join me as I take you on an in-depth tour of the first ever depiction of a Bridgerton style marriage drama series in the form of William Hogarth’s Marriage A-la-Mode. This six part series has it all!! Love, loss, money and betrayal! It’s very messy with a very serious warning - when you marry for anything other than love, no good can come of it. Let me introduce you to Hogarth’s characters of Earl Squander-field, the slippery Silver-tongue lawyer and the beautiful, yet not so innocent, Countess Squander-field! This series is jam packed full of clues and symbols which tell the viewer the story behind the canvas. And I mean it when I say jam packed. So, who is the innocent party? Are these two victims of their father’s plans or does this series stand as a warning to all who marry for money and not love? Host: Jo McLaughlin Instagram: Youtube: Website: Khan Academy Video: Join the Culture London Lecture on the series: William Hogarth - One Man and His Pug - there is a reference to Marriage A La Mode: A great mini series made for BBC four. Hogarth at the National Gallery Catalogue: National Gallery Marriage A La Mode - Series description:
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