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Ep. #137: Anthony Greaney, groundbreaking Boston gallerist
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April 29, 2016 10:36 PM PDT
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Boston gallerist Anthony Greaney talks about:
His commute to Boston from outside the city proper; his day job at Harvard, where he designs exhibitions for their museums of science and culture (Harvard Museum of Natural History, Harvard Semitic Museum, Peabody Museum); working for various dealers in New York as preparation for running his own gallery, of which he talks about its various challenges, especially out of Boston, with NY in such close proximity; some of the first artists he showed, who are now L.A. artists (and why he thinks L.A. is a better art city than New York); why it made sense to him to return to Boston after cutting his teeth at various New York galleries, what with the exorbitant costs of starting up a gallery in NY, and how being in Boston gave him the opportunity to do what he wanted to do, as opposed to what he had to do; the struggles of keeping a gallery running logistically, and why he kept his day job while running it; how it's no longer the case anymore that you have to 'fake it till you make it,' and that new, young galleries that are succeeding are doing it as part-time endeavors.

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Ep. #136: Brooklyn-based painter Shara Hughes: studio hopping across the east coast, and 'dating' galleries for representation
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April 24, 2016 10:52 AM PDT
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Brooklyn-based painter Shara Hughes talks about:
Being from Atlanta, and living between there, New York, and various cities where she did residencies; evolving as a New York artist while spending time in Atlanta, Denmark, and various residencies around the U.S.; having a hard time adjusting to living in New York initially, how she felt lonely and out of sorts finding friends beyond just colleagues, despite her career going well; the different levels of success of her various artist residency friends living in New York – some of whom were doing much better than she was, and others who essentially disappeared from view; how last year (in April, 2015), after American Contemporary Gallery closed, she became "single" (without gallery representation) for the first time since 2004, when Rivington Arms picked her up, and that there are actually opportunities in becoming "single" again; how she's in the midst of "dating" several prospects, but that it's a stressful process, partially because it's difficult to know where to go to get good advice and deal with getting too many unwanted opinions; and her various day jobs, including working in the bakery at a Whole Foods…which she hated.

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Ep.#135: Max Maslansky on mining porn for painting, navigating a big career leap, and art world wisdom
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April 15, 2016 10:53 PM PDT
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Los Angeles-based painter Max Maslansky, along with co-host Deb Klowden Mann, talks about:
His Kchung radio show Riffin', and his most memorable guest on the show (Jake Longstreth, with whom he debated about The Eagles); how he started the current iteration of his porn-based work, back in 2010, when he began collecting old photographs and storing them on Facebook, in both 'public' and 'private' collections, then selecting particular images to paint onto bedsheets; how porn, even in the art world, still has a taboo association to it, and how the porn Maslansky uses is quaint compared to what's out there now, and his point that dopamine levels are higher in porn consumption now supports that, because people need stronger fixes than ever; his experience getting curated into the Hammer Museum's Made In L.A. 2014; how being practical led him to keep his job working at Richard Telles gallery after this success, though he went from full-time to part-time; what he's learned about artists and the art world from working at the gallery, a gig he's had much longer than he thought he would; and how artists who become big successes may or may not maintain them, and that a significant part of their rise is beyond their control.

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Ep.#134: Jacques Louis Vidal, artist & residency director of Fisher's Island's The Lighthouse Works
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April 07, 2016 08:43 PM PDT
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Fisher's Island-based artist Jacques Louis Vidal talks about:
Living on Fisher's Island, off the coast of Long Island and Connecticut, where he is the resident director for Lighthouse Works, an artist's residence; what his life is like there, between taking care of the residents (mainly cooking them upscale meals) and making his art in a studio off site; his co-running the gallery Know More Games in Carroll Gardens, Brooklyn, and its heady days circa 2011/2012, shortly after which he left the gallery for his residency gig; his creative project corresponding and making art & language with a friend from middle school who he learned is incarcerated on death row, someone who he used to do graffiti and get into trouble with; his side life committing petty crimes, which continued into adulthood; his problems with authority, both in general and in the art world; the alternative school he went to during high school, for kids who get in trouble a lot- where his therapist told him that he was capable of dealing with darker things than other people…which eventually allowed him to in turn convert his darkness into his art; and how, as a landlord for the gallerists of 247365, he lowered their rent with the agreement that they would give him a show with them, happening in Nov. 2016; and a great story from one of his residency directing stints that demonstrates how such a severe lack of distraction impacts the subtextual levels of interpersonal relations.

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#133: Brooklyn-based painter and art writer Stephen Westfall advocates for painting
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April 02, 2016 11:47 AM PDT
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Brooklyn-based painter Stephen Westfall talks about:

Living in Brooklyn (Red Hook), where the rent on his loft will soon be going up 18%, and how he's considering living elsewhere in the city, or possibly New Jersey (since he teaches at Rutgers); the crazy real estate market, via shell properties and so on, yet how their might be a tiny glimmer of hope; how his best year of sales, in 2011/12, allowed him the opportunity to purchase a cottage upstate, but since his income has dropped since then his margins are on the tight side (which is noteworthy considering something as basic as getting rid of a dying tree on that property could be a serious expense); his coming of age in San Francisco as an anxiety filled youth, and his subsequent emergence as an artist via UC Santa Barbara's College of Creative Studies, where he began as a literary major; and we launch into a spirited debate about abstraction, including Stephen riffing on the ambiguity between figuration and abstraction; the 'Big Bang' of painting, starting with representation and eventually leading to, after five centuries, being about painting itself, and abstraction as the next 'Big Bang'; that there's "abstract painting because there are more things to paint abstractly," also known as 'shark's teeth,' in which "the more things you have, the more spaces you have between things"; the willingness to have a suspension of belief, and how, unique to painting, it is both an imagined space and a thing at the same time; and how he didn't go to openings for 10 years after a painful breakup with a fellow artist, and how, in turn, he learned that legends in the art world can be created just by not going out to openings for a while.

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Ep. #132: Thomas Micchelli of Hyperallergic on the nuances of art reviewing
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March 25, 2016 10:03 PM PDT
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Artist and Hyperallergic writer and editor Thomas Micchelli talks about:

His working class roots in New Jersey; how his busy life (full-time job, making his art, seeing shows, writing and editing for Hyperallergic Weekend) keeps him from time-consuming ‘social’ conversations; how the most gratifying feedback he gets on his writing is when an artist says that he’s “got” their work; how he doesn’t see himself as someone who makes judgments in his reviews but rather as someone who explores his personal reaction; how Jeff Koons’ retrospective at the Whitney showed a total concession to the market, and why; other topics include the artist Judith Bernstein and her late-in-life re-emergence as an artist of consequence in NY after decades in the wilderness treated like a pariah; the late, legendary Italian filmmaker, artist and poet Pier Paolo Pasolini – a gay communist atheist at a time when being gay in Italy was illegal – who made one of the darkest films ever: Salo, or 120 Days of Sodom; the most memorable review he’s written (also his hardest to write); the fact that he’s most drawn to abstraction as a viewer (because it comes down to his interest in formal issues, and abstraction lays them out in very stark terms), despite being a figurative painter himself; and how growing up working class led him to making figurative art as opposed to abstraction.

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Ep. #131: L.A.-based artist Sarah Cain
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March 18, 2016 10:00 PM PDT
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Los Angeles-based painter and sculptor Sarah Cain talks about:

living in Highland Park, and the trials and tribulations she went through in buying a house (with a studio) there; moving to France as a foreign exchange student at 15, with only a year of French under her belt; going to grad school at UC Berkeley, as opposed to the Cooper Union-to-Yale dual track that she thought was the ticket at the time; being a woman who goes after what she wants, and, as a woman in the art world who's been accused of being too forthright with certain museum curators; her ambition, and how that's informed her career, including getting out of her Upstate New York hometown; the lack of discovery and experimentation in some art; her reputation while in San Francisco and how it's changed since moving to L.A. in 2007; the many routes to success in the art world, whether through the work and NOT being an immense socialite, or the 'fake it till you make it' approach; her relationship to class, having come from a lower-middle class background, to now frequently being in the company of the 1%; how she works in the studio vs. how she works onsite when doing over-the-top installations; and what she thinks about abstraction in its different forms, including her thoughts on having made it when it was very unpopular, vs. now when it's become so popular.

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Ep.#130: Jennifer Sullivan, NY-based artist, curator and comedian
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March 05, 2016 10:40 AM PST
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New York-based artist and performer Jennifer Sullivan talks about:

Her neighborhood of Ridgewood, Queens (the non-fancy section, as opposed to the one adjacent to Bushwick), where she's led tours; her performing, both in character as Julian Schnabel, and doing standup comedy, mainly at the Funny Hole, her local speak easy/artist hangout; her comedy about being single, and her real life being single, and how the two have dovetailed; her performance anxiety-induced nausea before standup comedy performances (and she defines comedy as courageously sharing strange ideas you wouldn't share in normal life); the weirdness and scenester-ness of the art world; her dating life, including learning to be happy while single, which will in turn make her a better partner when she meets someone; how, through being in analysis, she's come to a place of being very open, with her emotions very close to the surface. All this combined leads to a very intimate and deep episode, yet not without humor—classic Conversation.

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Ep.#129: Helen Toomer, director of the Pulse art fair, former owner of Toomer Labzda gallery on the Lower East Side
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February 26, 2016 09:43 PM PST
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Helen Toomer, the director of the PULSE New York and Miami Contemporary Art Fairs, talks about:

what led her to come to the States, New York in specific, from England, and how she's the black sheep of the family since she's the only one who left her home country; her two years running Toomer Labzda on the Lower East Side, which she ran with her now ex-husband, Chris Labzda, a fellow Brit, and an artist, who she married after nine months together, and what she learned from that time as a gallerist; how she got the job with PULSE, what goes into running an art fair- including selecting exhibitors and keeping them happy; and how to best manage your time as an art fair-goer or exhibitor.
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Ep. #127: NY (Bushwick)-based painter Mark Thomas Gibson on race and ethnicity in art-making, and 'What About Monday?'
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February 20, 2016 08:00 AM PST
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New York-based painter Mark Thomas Gibson (http://www.fredericksfreisergallery.com/artists/mark-thomas-gibson)
talks about:

Race in art relations; being a black artist asked by both whites and blacks: 'where is your ethnicity in your work?'; meeting Houston-based artist Trenton Doyle Hancock; why he took 10 years off before applying to grad school (9/11); what led him to grad school (Yale) despite his reservations; and what it's like being an artist in Bushwick, Brooklyn.

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