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    • Pollock/Picasso: The European Vanguard Versus American Modernism

    • Studies in World Art, Book 112
    • By: Edward Lucie-Smith
    • Narrated by: Paul Jenkins
    • Length: 40 mins
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    This audiobook considers the magnetic poles of post-war modernism and the towering figures of Pablo Picasso and Jackson Pollock. The essay considers the history of French avant-garde art led by Picasso to the post-war years and the increasing dominance of American artists foregrounded by the advent of Abstract Expressionism in the 1950s.

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    • Chuck Close

    • Cv/Visual Arts Research Series, Book 177
    • By: Edward Lucie-Smith
    • Narrated by: Mark Isham
    • Length: 26 mins
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    Charles Thomas "Chuck" Close (born July 5, 1940) is an American painter and photographer who achieved fame as a photo-realist. He developed his own highly resolved heads (his preferred term to portraits), which were worked on a massive scale. Despite suffering a disabling spinal aneurysm in 1988, the artist has continued to forge a monumental body of work in a variety of media: paintings, drawings, prints, and photographs, of potent and original effect.

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    • Disobedient Objects

    • Studies in World Art, Book 118
    • By: Edward Lucie-Smith
    • Narrated by: Paul Bright
    • Length: 12 mins
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    It is understandable that, in current circumstances, major arts institutions should try to ally themselves with the more anarchic, contrarian elements in contemporary culture. Perhaps this is especially true of those dealing with the contemporary visual arts, committed as these still are to the myth of avant-gardism. One problem that immediately presents itself, of course, is that this myth is not itself contemporary - it is rooted in the very earliest years of the century before ours.

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    • Contemporary Art, The Med

    • Studies in World Art, Book 23
    • By: Edward Lucie-Smith
    • Narrated by: Paul Bright
    • Length: 36 mins
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    There are three things that we have to take into account when attempting to assess the impact of the contemporary sensibility in art on the culture of the various countries bordering the Mediterranean. First, the way in which each of these territories responds to the idea of the contemporary is bound up with its own cultural history. Every Mediterranean coastline possesses a hinterland, and this hinterland exercises an enormous influence on what is seen on the coast itself.

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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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    • Georgia O'Keeffe: A 20th Century Populist

    • By: Edward Lucie-Smith
    • Narrated by: Mark Ballinger
    • Length: 12 mins
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    Georgia O’Keeffe is a slightly odd case in the story of American art. She became famous very early, thanks to the efforts of her patron, lover, and eventual husband Alfred Stieglitz. Having been a leading figure in the New York art world, she eventually withdrew from that to become the central presence in a new kind of regionalism, focused not on the Midwest but New Mexico and, in particular, on the art scene in and around Santa Fe.

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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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    • 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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    • 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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    • Censoring the Body

    • Studies in World Art, Book 18
    • By: Edward Lucie-Smith
    • Narrated by: Teague Dean
    • Length: 1 hr and 15 mins
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    From the earliest times, human beings have found it difficult to represent their own bodies in a straightforward way. The rare painted images of humans in Paleolithic art are much less naturalistic than the images of animals created at the same epoch. At the dawn of art, representations of the nude body were simply vehicles for statement about the need for fertility if the human race was to survive successfully.

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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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    • What It Is to Curate

    • Cv/Visual Arts Research, Book 174
    • By: Edward Lucie-Smith
    • Narrated by: Joe Van Riper
    • Length: 23 mins
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    Anyone who Googles the phrase curatorial theory will immediately come upon quite a long list of suggested websites. Sometimes it is a little difficult to be sure if the texts offered are intended to be taken entirely seriously. However, if I hack my way through the dense thickets of language, I find myself in agreement with what they seem to be trying to say, which is that curating an exhibition - or for that matter, a website - is not an end in itself.

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    • Rembrandt and Turner: Mythical Masters

    • CV/Visual Arts Research
    • By: Edward Lucie-Smith
    • Narrated by: Jim Spring
    • Length: 44 mins
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    The monograph publishes a study of Rembrandt van Rijn and JMW Turner at the National Gallery and Tate Britain in exhibitions of their later works.

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    • Magical Thinking: Why the Avant-Garde Is Now History

    • Studies in World Art, Book 140
    • By: Edward Lucie-Smith
    • Narrated by: Jack Wynters
    • Length: 1 hr and 28 mins
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    The word avant-garde, so much used in connection with the various manifestations of contemporary art, is starting to have a strange, ironic ring to it. One might even claim that it is starting to signify what is behind the times, rather than in front of them. Like all such terms, it is in fact a metaphor, rather than a direct description. Borrowed from old-fashioned military terminology, it seeks to describe a situation where social norms are being perpetually challenged by artists. In the military sphere, where it originated, it is long out of use.

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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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    • The Private John Singer Sargent

    • By: Edward Lucie-Smith
    • Narrated by: David Micklem
    • Length: 25 mins
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    An essay by Edward Lucie-Smith explores aspects of the mysterious and private character of the renowned American society artist John Singer Sargent.

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    • Joseph Beuys

    • Studies in World Art, Book 42
    • By: Edward Lucie-Smith
    • Narrated by: Ian Kingsley
    • Length: 12 mins
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    Many people - among them, most art-world insiders - think that Joseph Beuys was the most important artist of the second half of the 20th century. Beuys was many things - a shaman, a trickster, a charismatic social and political activist. He spearheaded the return to prominence of the German avant-garde post-World War II, and his impact on both the European and American art worlds continues to be felt today, nearly 20 years after his death in January 1986.

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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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    • Hockney at the Royal Academy

    • Studies in World Art, Book 34
    • By: Edward Lucie-Smith
    • Narrated by: Tim Carper
    • Length: 7 mins
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    British, even more than most countries, like to have a "boss" artist - an artistic figure who is indubitably the head of the profession. In the old days, this need was easily accommodated within the establishment structures of the time. The big boss could be Sir Joshua Reynolds, knighted by the monarch of the day, or Lord Leighton, given a peerage. Both of these were also presidents of the Royal Academy.

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    • Ai Weiwei: And the Evolution of Political Art

    • Studies in World Art, Book 90
    • By: Edward Lucie-Smith
    • Narrated by: Anthony Howard
    • Length: 21 mins
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    Ben Luke, resident art critic of the London Evening Standard, calls Ai Weiwei "probably the most famous artist in the world. He has transcended the world of museums and galleries, and exerts a newsworthiness that no other artist competes with." This statement, if one bothers to look through the kind of publicity that Ai now attracts - thanks to the digital revolution most of this is easily available with a few clicks on one’s computer - is self-evidently true.  

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