• ArtCurious

  • Stories of the Unexpected, Slightly Odd, and Strangely Wonderful in Art History
  • By: Jennifer Dasal
  • Narrated by: Jennifer Dasal
  • Length: 9 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook
  • Categories: Arts & Entertainment, Art
  • 4.3 out of 5 stars (31 ratings)
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Publisher's Summary

A wildly entertaining and surprisingly educational dive into art history as you've never heard it before, from the host of the beloved ArtCurious podcast.

We're all familiar with the works of Claude Monet, thanks in no small part to the ubiquitous reproductions of his water lilies on umbrellas, handbags, scarves, and dorm-room posters. But did you also know that Monet and his cohort were trailblazing rebels whose works were originally deemed unbelievably ugly and vulgar? And while you probably know the tale of Vincent van Gogh's suicide, you may not be aware that there's pretty compelling evidence that the artist didn't die by his own hand but was accidentally killed - or even murdered. Or how about the fact that one of Andy Warhol's most enduring legacies involves Caroline Kennedy's moldy birthday cake and a collection of toenail clippings?

ArtCurious is a colorful look at the world of art history, revealing some of the strangest, funniest, and most fascinating stories behind the world's great artists and masterpieces. Through these and other incredible, weird, and wonderful tales, ArtCurious presents an engaging look at why art history is, and continues to be, a riveting and relevant world to explore.

©2020 Jennifer Dasal (P)2020 Penguin Audio

Critic Reviews

“Lively, accessible, and engaging ... As Dasal observes, ‘art isn’t (always) boring. Sometimes it’s exactly what we need to make our lives more colorful.’ This volume will certainly do that for casual museum-goers, art aficionados, and the just plain curious.” (Booklist)

“A wildly entertaining and surprisingly educational dive into art history as you've never seen it before, from the host of the beloved ArtCurious podcast.” (Shelf Awareness)

“Dasal reveals in this entertaining survey the weird, wacky, and unbelievable backstories of some of the world’s greatest artists and most famous works of art.... Both art aficionados and novices will find something to appreciate in this offbeat and informative outing.” (Publishers Weekly, starred review)

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Only interesting for Art History buffs

I purchased this book after our book club decided to read it. This book should probably have stayed as a podcast. I was lost in many of the chapters as I didn't have the base of an art history course. I did enjoy the chapters on Vincent Van Gogh and Andy Warhol. Practically every other chapter had the author waxing over some minutiae such as playing painted musical notes or ways to increase the value of art.

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Very odd but I could not stop listening!

Odd indeed a lot of very curious information. This book kept me interested to the end. Not sure I go along with a lot of her positions or facts and I feel that is unimportant to me her, she definitely has a right to her opinions. Some facts I will triple check on my own the book definitely kept me thinking. One thing I will firmly state, a toilet seat is not a piece of art, it is the biggest joke ever played on the art community and no matter who created it they are still laughing. What a wonderful joke on the over educated! Definitely a re-read for me.

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Didn't make me art curious.

For someone who was trying to invite people to enjoy art, the stories dragged with too many tangents.