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    • The Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood

    • Cv/Visual Arts Research, Book 149
    • By: Edward Lucie-Smith
    • Narrated by: Denise Kahn
    • Length: 56 mins
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    Explores the structure and development of the Pre-Raphaelite movement in the mid-19th century and works that figure among the most enduring and generally popular in British art. Renowned writer and art critic Edward Lucie-Smith contributes a study of the brotherhood of seven artists and their interconnection and intricate links with the social establishment of the time. James Cahill has a special interest in the movement, having studied Dante Gabriel Rossetti and Holman Hunt. He reviews a major exhibition of 150 works at Tate Britain launched in September 2012.

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    • Public Art in a Modern Society

    • Studies in World Art, Book 63
    • By: Edward Lucie-Smith
    • Narrated by: Jason Zenobia
    • Length: 8 mins
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    How do we expect public art to function in a contemporary society? By public art, we mean art that to some extent at least ambushes us. We encounter it as we go about our everyday lives, not in some special art-dedicated space. In other words, certainly not in a museum. However, Aida Mahmudova notes, in her introduction to this public art project for Baku organized by Yarat! Contemporary Art Space, conditions for public art are now very different from the way in which art of this kind operated previously.

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    • Goya: Between Two Worlds

    • By: Edward Lucie-Smith
    • Narrated by: Teague Dean
    • Length: 32 mins
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    A study of a later period album of drawings on the theme of old women and nightmares by Francisco Goya exhibited at the Courtauld Gallery London, with reference to his supernatural "Black Paintings".

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    • Edward Lucie-Smith: Uncollected Writings - Studies of Western Art

    • Cv/Visual Arts Research, Book 152
    • By: Edward Lucie-Smith
    • Narrated by: Simon Barber
    • Length: 3 hrs and 47 mins
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    An anthology of essays and reviews by the eminent art historian and writer, Edward Lucie-Smith. The articles cover a broad span, from the Italian Renaissance of Giotto and Antonello da Messina, Leonardo, and Michelangelo, progressing to Rubens, Velázquez, and Ingres, with essays on William Hogarth, John Constable, and John Everett Millais for British art. With the experience of his landmark publications on modern art, which remain in print, the author sweeps the listener on a fabulous journey of perception.

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    • Yayoi Kusama

    • Studies in World Art, Book 89
    • By: Edward Lucie-Smith
    • Narrated by: Tim Carper
    • Length: 9 mins
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    Yayoi Kusama is now one of Japan’s best-known contemporary artists. She was the recipient of her country’s Praemium Imperiale for painting in 2006 - the most prestigious award Japan can offer to any painter, native or foreign. Her rise to fame has been unconventional, even by the standards of the art world of the 21st century, where eccentricities of all kinds pass without question.

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    • Pissing on the Pissoir

    • Studies in World Art, Book 132
    • By: Edward Lucie-Smith
    • Narrated by: Joe Van Riper
    • Length: 10 mins
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    Dr. Glyn Thompson’s digital book, Duchamp’s Urinal? The Facts Behind the Façade, at first tends to make the heart sink. Dr. Thompson has done his homework, and he is insistent that you should do it too. "No skipping over the chapter-and-verse, boy, in search of something a bit racier." Some of the facts are, however, sufficiently racy in themselves. The urinal, or Fountain, as it is now officially called, turns out not to have been the work - or wheeze - of Duchamp himself, but that of a mad German baroness.

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    • The Stronger Sex: Contemporary Russian Women Artists

    • Studies in World Art, Book 142
    • By: Edward Lucie-Smith
    • Narrated by: Joe Van Riper
    • Length: 7 mins
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    We live at a time when there is great confusion, certainly here in the West, about contemporary art in Russia. It is now nearly a quarter of a century since the Soviet Union fell. No convincing narrative has emerged concerning the development of Russian art during that period.

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    • Beryl Cook

    • Studies in World Art, Book 113
    • By: Edward Lucie-Smith
    • Narrated by: Jim Spring
    • Length: 9 mins
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    When Beryl Cook died, she was the subject of a large number of obituaries. Some of them were predictably condescending, which I suspect she would not have minded a bit. The really telling thing, however, is what has happened since then on the web. If you go to the site maintained by The Times, still regarded as the British paper of record, and look for the paper’s obituary archive, you will find a section within it devoted to "Artistic Genius". The subtitle is "Artists and makers who changed the way we see".

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    • Arnaldo Roche

    • Studies in World Art, Book 8
    • By: Edward Lucie-Smith
    • Narrated by: Don Wang
    • Length: 6 mins
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    Art in Puerto Rico occupies a kind of bridge position, between the North American art world one the one hand and the various Latin American and Caribbean art worlds on the other. Puerto Rican artists have easy physical aspects to the United States, and large Puerto Rican colonies in major American cities, notably New York and Chicago, have led to the birth of mixed vernacular cultures. The one in New York is sometimes referred to as Nuyorican, and has a populist downtown vibe that swings the spotlight toward it every time graffiti art returns to fashion.

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    • Leonardo: The Non-Deliverer

    • Studies in World Art, Book 44
    • By: Edward Lucie-Smith
    • Narrated by: Jason Zenobia
    • Length: 12 mins
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    We all have friends like that, who promise, and fantasize, and disappoint, then somehow contrive to charm us all over again. In the history of Western art, Leonardo da Vinci is the supreme example of this personality-type, the great non-deliverer. It’s interesting to speculate why his legend remains so powerful. Perhaps, most of all, it is because of his restless curiosity about so many aspects of nature, recorded in notebooks that place him well in advance of his time.

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    • Holbein in England

    • Studies in World Art, Book 35
    • By: Edward Lucie-Smith
    • Narrated by: Joe Van Riper
    • Length: 8 mins
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    It is a paradox of a sort that the only fully authentic Holbein painting of King Henry VIII of England should now reside in Madrid, in the Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza. It left Britain as late as 1933, sold by Earl Spencer, grandfather of Diana, Princess of Wales. Holbein is, after all, the author of what is perhaps the most iconic and formidable of all British royal images. Fittingly, the Thyssen-Bornemizsa portrait adorned the cover of the catalogue that accompanied the "Holbein in England" exhibition at Tate Britain in London. 

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    • Art in Putinland

    • Studies in World Art, Book 111
    • By: Edward Lucie-Smith
    • Narrated by: Don Wang
    • Length: 9 mins
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    Maybe it’s time for attention to turn back to the Russians. In the 1980s, as some of us still remember, so-called perestroika art was pretty big in the West, with enthusiasm from leading Western curators and critics, and some support from the big international auction rooms. In fact, the pattern was pretty much the same as what happened with contemporary Chinese art just a little later on.

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    • Gauguin at Tate Modern

    • Studies in World Art, Book 31
    • By: Edward Lucie-Smith
    • Narrated by: Joe Van Riper
    • Length: 8 mins
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    The new Gauguin exhibition at Tate Modern in certainly the art event of the year in London. It’s a blockbuster exhibition of a kind that, thanks to the continuing worldwide financial crisis, may soon become extinct. It is also an exhibition that raises important questions about how we currently see and think about art.

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    • Figurative Painting: Confronting the Crisis

    • Studies in World Art, Book 119
    • By: Edward Lucie-Smith
    • Narrated by: Joe Van Riper
    • Length: 22 mins
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    This exhibition, based on a single, very personal and - dare one say it? - extremely distinguished private collection, tackles a large subject within a relatively small compass. It aims to examine a now universally recognized crisis, which is what is happening to painting as an art form. Quite a large number of critics and curators have, in recent years, proclaimed that painting is dead: that attention must now be paid to other kinds of art.

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    • Sarajevo Diary (Studies in World Art Book 69)

    • By: Edward Lucie-Smith
    • Narrated by: Rick Paradis
    • Length: 11 mins
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    Flying into Sarajevo is no big deal nowadays. Customs and immigration are quick. You don't need a visa if you hold an EEC passport. Perhaps the only noticeable difference between this and other flights within Europe is a slightly increased degree of airport security. Hand luggage goes through a scanner at two different points, before you board the aircraft. Nor is arrival at the hotel any different from arriving at big chain hotels in other European cities. The Holiday Inn is transatlantic in style, with a big fountain outside and a soaring atrium within. Things are busy - the receptionist leafs through lots of different pieces of paper before finally, and rather reluctantly, locating our reservations. "Do you mind having a room that overlooks the big boulevard? It might be a bit noisy." But when I get there, it's double-glazed, so there is no problem.

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    • Art, Poetry and WW1

    • Cv/Visual Arts Research, Book 191
    • By: Edward Lucie-Smith
    • Narrated by: David Micklem
    • Length: 36 mins
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    In this study, Art, Poetry, and WW1 by Edward Lucie-Smith of writing, poetry, and painting in the centenary year of the outbreak of the First World War, the author considers the historical impact on the general psyche of the calamitous events, reflected in the expression of poets and visual artists. He establishes a continuity to the theme with reference to works by Velázquez, Watteau, Goya, and others, in their treatment of the spectacle of battle and the horrors of war and human conflict.

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    • Aspects of Jasper Johns

    • By: Edward Lucie-Smith, Nicholas James
    • Narrated by: Eric Elliott
    • Length: 25 mins
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    An introductory essay by Edward Lucie-Smith, "The Enigma of Jasper Johns", explores the art, analysing its development from the 1950s to the exhibition at the Royal Academy of Arts, London.

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    • I'm sure it's better in person

    • By Valerie on 09-10-18

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    • Slavery for Beginners

    • Studies in World Art, Book 134
    • By: Edward Lucie-Smith
    • Narrated by: Paul Bright
    • Length: 19 mins
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    Britain’s Culture Minister, David Lammy, recently suggested that the history of slavery should be made a compulsory part of the nation’s school curriculum. Mick Hume, a columnist in The Times, promptly retorted, “Slavery and the Holocaust are now likely to be taught as little chunks of history, removed from any proper context. They become simplistic parables of good and evil, over which children are encouraged to emote and empathise...." How well founded was this criticism?

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    • The Dance of Death

    • CV/Visual Arts Research, Book 179
    • By: Edward Lucie-Smith
    • Narrated by: Barry Shannon
    • Length: 45 mins
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    Edward Lucie-Smith examines Hans Holbein's famous series of prints, The Dance of Death, together with associated works, such as various artistic variations on the theme of Death and the Maiden. In addition, Lucie-Smith looks at some famous images made on the theme of war, notably the prints of Jacques Callot and the bitter social studies of Goya y Lucientes.

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    • Appropriation - What's Appropriation?

    • Studies in World Art, Book 110
    • By: Edward Lucie-Smith
    • Narrated by: Bob Barton
    • Length: 12 mins
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    As a number of recent exhibitions have shown, there is a growing fashion for what is called appropriation in art. To you and me, what this means is slavish copying - no ifs and buts, apologies replaced by the paradoxical assertion that this is a thoroughly original, impeccably avant-garde thing to do. Examples were a recent show at the Saatchi Gallery, entitled "Post Pop: East Meets West"; and "Sturtevant: Double Trouble", on view till late February at the Museum of Modern Art in New York.

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