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    • Radical Light

    • Studies in World Art, Book 13
    • By: Edward Lucie-Smith
    • Narrated by: Gerard Marquez
    • Length: 9 mins
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    It is a historical peculiarity of landscape painting that it begins with the artificial, and only after that proceeds towards the natural. For example, landscape paintings, and especially fanciful Nilotic panoramas, were one of the genres produced by artists in Pompeii. When, with the Renaissance, landscape painting once again started to establish itself after a long interval, the representations of the surrounding world that artists began to produce as a separate and independent genre, rather than simply as a background for human figures, were usually more fanciful than real.

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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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    • 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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    • 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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    • Frida Kahlo

    • Studies in World Art, Book 29
    • By: Edward Lucie-Smith
    • Narrated by: Willis Miller
    • Length: 7 mins
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    Going to the Frida Kahlo exhibition current at Tate Modern in London is like entering the shrine of a secular saint. The rooms are thronged. People peer closely at the paintings, many of them very small. They seem afraid to talk much above a whisper. There are a number of reasons for this reaction. One is Hayden Herrera’s highly readable biography of the artist, first published in 1983, and now established as a classic feminist text. Another is the feminist movement’s general need for heroines, which has had a similar effect on the posthumous reputation of Georgia O’Keeffe. A third, probably the most powerful, reason is Kahlo’s own personality, which combined self-assertion, defiance and masochism in almost equal proportions. In this respect Kahlo can be compared with a slightly later generation of English-language poets, male and female. Prominent among them are Robert Lowell, John Berryman, Sylvia Plath and Anne Sexton.

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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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    • 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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    • The Decline and Fall of the Avant-Garde

    • Cv/Visual Arts Research, Book 170
    • By: Edward Lucie-Smith
    • Narrated by: Frank Knutson
    • Length: 3 hrs and 1 min
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    One of the commonest and most loosely used terms in any discussion of contemporary art is the word avant-garde. Indeed it often seems to be taken for granted that valid contemporary art and avant-garde art are synonymous.

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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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    • A wonderful voice reads a fascinating bio

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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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    • 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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    • On Not Going to the Venice Biennale

    • Studies In World Art, Book 128
    • By: Edward Lucie-Smith
    • Narrated by: Don Wang
    • Length: 9 mins
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    Thank God I wasn’t in Venice for the opening of this year’s Biennale, even though I had a number of artist friends who were exhibiting there. The crowds to get into the main shows are fierce, with queues at all the main national pavilions. So is the social competition. “Have you been invited to this?” “Have you got a ticket for that?” Elbows out. Armour-plated ego at the ready.

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    • Veronese in London

    • Studies in World Art, Book 87
    • By: Edward Lucie-Smith
    • Narrated by: Richard M. Pshock
    • Length: 6 mins
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    The magnificent Veronese show that opened at the National Gallery in London in 2014 met with a curiously subdued response from local reviewers. They recognized that it was a magnificent event of its kind, and one that was especially appropriate because the gallery has an important group of works by this 16th-century Venetian painter in its own collection, among them the famous Family of Darius Before Alexander.

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    • Antonello da Messina

    • Studies in World Art Series, Book 6
    • By: Edward Lucie-Smith
    • Narrated by: Richard M. Pshock
    • Length: 8 mins
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    The Antonello da Messina exhibition now at the Scuderie del Quirinale in Rome is one of those rare occasions that takes place only once in a lifetime. In fact, an exhibition devoted to Antonello will almost certainly never happen again. Like Vermeer, whom in some respects he resembles through his quietism, he is known through very few paintings - less than 50 in all. About two-thirds of these have been gathered together for the exhibition.  

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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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    • 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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    • Before Damien Hirst: There Was Salvador Dali

    • Studies in World Art, Book 112
    • By: Edward Lucie-Smith
    • Narrated by: Jack Wynters
    • Length: 11 mins
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    When I visited the huge Damien Hirst exhibition staged by the Gagosian Gallery in New York in 1996, one of the most striking pieces was a large glass tank full of live fish. Dumped among the fish were an obstetrical couch, in a rather decayed condition, and various obstetrical implements. For some time after I had seen the show, this image tugged at my mind. It reminded me of something - but of what? Finally, memory dragged up the reference I needed: Hirst's piece was a direct descendant of Salvador Dali's installation, "Rainy Taxi".

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    • Avant-Gardism and Magical Thinking

    • Studies in World Art, Book 112
    • By: Edward Lucie-Smith
    • Narrated by: Jack Wynters
    • Length: 35 mins
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    The tendency for art to detach itself from any duty to reflect observed reality manifested itself in avant-garde art production almost from the beginnings of the Modern Movement in art. It is already present in pure form in Malevich’s drastically reductive Black Square, which consists of exactly that, a black square on a white ground. It is interesting to note the way in which this work was exhibited when it was first put before the public.

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    • Photography Loses Its Limits

    • Studies in World Art, Book 131
    • By: Edward Lucie-Smith
    • Narrated by: Don Wang
    • Length: 16 mins
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    London is now a major centre for the international art world. The only other European city that houses as many studios is not Paris but Berlin. And Berlin does not have nearly as many galleries, public or commercial, which feature the latest developments in contemporary art. 

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    • Making Art History

    • Cv/Visual Arts Research, Book 168
    • By: Edward Lucie-Smith
    • Narrated by: Rick Paradis
    • Length: 36 mins
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    Art dealing today in the United States is a huge, well-organized, well-publicized industry. Probably, there has never previously been a market in art that has played such an important role in a national economy. The United States retains the preeminent position in the world market for art that it achieved immediately after World War II and seems unlikely to lose it any time soon. In addition to serving collectors and institutions based in America, the American dealing community supplies works of art to individuals and museums all over the world.

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