Do you listen to podcasts? For those who are unfamiliar—podcasts are like radio programs, but you can tune in at any time to listen because they are stored online.
There are many interesting online podcasts about contemporary art and art history. Whether you’re looking for something to break up the monotony of the office workday, something to put on in the background when you’re at work in the studio, or interesting listening for a long road trip—these podcasts are perfect. Let us know if you have any other art podcasts you like to listen to!
(1.) Modern Art Notes - https://manpodcast.com
The Modern Art Notes Podcast is a weekly program produced by art historian and critic Tyler Green. In each hour-long episode, Green interviews artists, art historians, curators, conservators and authors. This is a beyond-stellar podcast in terms of research, diversity and depth. Green asks great interview questions and the artists reveal the thought processes behind their artworks.
(2.) NPR Fine Art Podcasts - http://www.npr.org/sections/fine-art
NPR’s Fine Art podcasts page features a collection of programs that were broadcasted on the air or on the website and are now available for streaming and download. Like most NPR programs, these podcasts feature good research and great audio mixing—at a soothing pace.
(3.) MoMa Talks: Conversations - http://apple.co/1KWvGAT
MoMa, the Museum of Modern Art in New York City, produces a podcast about modern and contemporary art. In addition to the interviews and roundtables with curators, art scholars and artists, you can view the art discussed at http://www.moma.org/collection
(4.) The National Gallery of Art, Washington DC
Podcasts through iTunes: http://apple.co/1PQJrOx
Audio and Video Lectures: http://www.nga.gov/content/ngaweb/audio-video.html
The National Gallery of Art creates regular podcasts about art, and the website also offers free video lectures. You can listen to gallery talks from famous contemporary artists, curators, professors, and art historians. You can also view many of the works mentioned on the museum’s website.
(5.) Bad at Sports - http://badatsports.com
Bad at Sports is impressive in its output. Founded in 2005 by Duncan MacKenzie, Richard Holland, and Amanda Browder, BAS has interviewed hundreds of artists over the years, with a new episode every week. Every episode features interviews, but no episode is the same in terms of topics explored.
(6.) The National Gallery of London - http://www.nationalgallery.org.uk/podcasts
Known for its world-class collections, the National Gallery of London produced this monthly podcast for many years. You can still find the episodes at the link above. Each episode generally focuses on the history and production of a few select paintings from the collections, with a focus on Renaissance art and the Old Masters.
More Art Podcasts!
Artists Helping Artists - http://www.blogtalkradio.com/artistshelpingartists
This hour-long program highlights tips for selling your artwork and strategies for becoming a more successful artist when you are inexperienced in the business side of art.
Smart, Creative Women - http://smartcreativewomen.com/podcast-2
This show also focuses on the business side of art and using social media to improve your art business. There is more of a focus on illustration, design, style and crafting in this show.
Fresh Rag - http://www.freshrag.com
This podcast explores a grab-bag of topics of interest for artists, designers, photographers, musicians and makers of all sorts.