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  1. 1.5 hrs • 8/23/2016 • Unabridged

    A poetic immersion into the life and art of Joan Mitchell, the great American abstract expressionist painter A contemporary of Jackson Pollock and Willem de Kooning, Joan Mitchell is not as well known as her male counterparts, not only because she was a woman but also because she spent most of her working life in France. Still, in 2013 Bloomberg listed Mitchell as the best-selling female artist of all time. When asked to talk about her paintings, Joan Mitchell often responded, “If I could say it in words, I’d write a book.” Here is her book. At once unique and universal, Blue Territory is at its core an exploration of love and life, and what it means to love—and live—what you do. Meticulously researched and lyrically written, it will appeal to anyone interested in passionate engagement with the world.

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    Blue Territory by Robin Lippincott

    Blue Territory

    1.5 hrs • 8/23/16 • Unabridged
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  2. 8.3 hrs • 12/23/2014 • Unabridged

    The art market has been booming. Museum attendance is surging. More people than ever call themselves artists. Contemporary art has become a mass entertainment, a luxury good, a job description, and for some, a kind of alternative religion. In a series of beautifully paced narratives, Sarah Thornton investigates the drama of a Christie’s auction, the workings in Takashi Murakami’s studios, the elite at the Basel Art Fair, the eccentricities of Artforum magazine, the competition behind an important art prize, life in a notorious art-school seminar, and the wonderland of the Venice Biennale. She reveals the new dynamics of creativity, taste, status, money, and the search for meaning in life. A judicious and juicy account of the institutions that have the power to shape art history, based on hundreds of interviews with high-profile players, Thornton’s entertaining ethnography will change the way you look at contemporary culture.

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    Seven Days in the Art World

    8.3 hrs • 12/23/14 • Unabridged
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  3. 11.3 hrs • 11/18/2014 • Unabridged

    This compelling narrative goes behind the scenes with the world’s most important living artists to humanize and demystify contemporary art. 33 Artists in 3 Acts offers unprecedented access to a dazzling range of artists, from international superstars to unheralded art teachers. Sarah Thornton’s beautifully paced fly-on-the-wall narratives include visits with Ai Weiwei before and after his imprisonment and Jeff Koons as he woos new customers in London, Frankfurt, and Abu Dhabi. She meets Yayoi Kusama in her studio around the corner from the Tokyo asylum that she calls home, she snoops in Cindy Sherman’s closet, hears about Andrea Fraser’s psychotherapist, and spends quality time with Laurie Simmons, Carroll Dunham, and their daughters Lena and Grace. Through these intimate scenes, 33 Artists in 3 Acts explores what it means to be a real artist in the real world. Divided into three cinematic “acts”—politics, kinship, and craft—it investigates artists’ psyches, personas, politics, and social networks. Witnessing their crises and triumphs, Thornton turns a wry, analytical eye on their different answers—and non-answers—to a very important question: What is an artist?

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    33 Artists in 3 Acts

    11.3 hrs • 11/18/14 • Unabridged
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  4. 6.3 hrs • 3/4/2014 • Unabridged

    It is one of the enduring enigmas of the human experience: many of our most iconic, creative endeavors—from Nobel Prize-winning discoveries to entrepreneurial inventions and works in the arts—are not achievements but conversions, corrections after failed attempts.The gift of failure is a riddle. Like the number zero, it will always be both a void and the start of infinite possibility. The Rise—a soulful celebration of the determination and courage of the human spirit—makes the case that many of our greatest triumphs come from understanding the importance of this mystery.This exquisite biography of an idea is about the improbable foundations of creative human endeavor. The Rise begins with narratives about figures past and present who range from writers to entrepreneurs; Frederick Douglass, Samuel F. B. Morse, and J. K. Rowling, for example, feature alongside choreographer Paul Taylor, Nobel Prize–winning physicists Andre Geim and Konstantin Novoselov, Arctic explorer Ben Saunders, and psychology professor Angela Duckworth.The Rise explores the inestimable value of often ignored ideas—the power of surrender for fortitude, the criticality of play for innovation, the propulsion of the near win on the road to mastery, and the importance of grit and creative practice. From an uncommonly insightful writer, The Rise is a true masterwork.

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    The Rise

    6.3 hrs • 3/4/14 • Unabridged
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  5. 7.2 hrs • 3/5/2013 • Unabridged

    James Dean to Hopper: “I saw what you did today. Today you were great.” Jack Nicholson to Hopper: “We’re geniuses, you know that? Isn’t it great to be a genius?” The chopper-riding hippie outlaw in Easy Rider. The prophetic madman in the jungle in Apocalypse Now. The terrifying psychopath in Blue Velvet. The kid gone wrong in Rebel without a Cause. The actor taken under the wing of James Dean who longed to be the next Orson Welles. The hell-raising director who revolutionized Hollywood. An enigmatic man from Dodge City, Kansas, on an endless quest to realize the American Dream. Dennis Hopper has been described as a rebel, an icon, an addict plagued by demons, and one of the most important champions of the pop-art movement. Friend to Warhol, muse to David Lynch, mentor to Sean Penn, champion of Ice-T, Dennis Hopper built a career that was a half-century of rebellion waged at the edge of American popular culture. Tom Folsom’s Hopper is a wild ride through Dennis’ many lives. Featuring hundreds of interviews with Hopper’s fellow actors, artists, musicians, and residents of Taos, New Mexico (where he spent much of his most manic time), as well as his ex-wives and many other people who knew him, Hopper takes you on an extraordinary—and sometimes troubling—journey. From Dennis’ early days with his grandparents on a dusty farm in Kansas, where he watched trains go by on their way to Los Angeles, to his formative time in Hollywood as one of a bright new crop of actors straddling the edge of the studio system, to the rebellious 1960s and the start of the independent film movement, to the drug-addled 1970s and beyond, when Hopper staged one of the greatest Hollywood comebacks of all time—Tom Folsom has crafted a biography as unconventional as Dennis Hopper himself.

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    Hopper

    7.2 hrs • 3/5/13 • Unabridged
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  6. 0.7 hrs • 11/8/2012 • Unabridged

    What is modern art? Why do we either love it or loathe it? And why is it worth so much damn money? Join Will Gompertz, the BBC arts editor, and probably the world’s first art-history stand-up comedian, on a dazzling audio tour that will change the way you think about modern art forever.  In the tenth of this twenty-part course, discover how, for all the importance of the Russian Revolution, it was their artists who actually changed the world and came up with the cool abstraction which we still enjoy today. And if you want to examine the images in question, just follow the links mentioned in the audio.  Suprematism, Constructivism is part of a downloadable audiobook series taken from the book What Are You Looking At?: 150 Years of Modern Art in the Blink of an Eye. You can take the whole course, or pick and choose which movement suits you. Whether you are a sceptic or an art lover, this funny, lively, and accessible course on modern art is bound to make your next gallery or museum visit a little less intimidating and a lot more interesting.

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  7. 0.5 hrs • 11/1/2012 • Unabridged

    What is modern art? Why do we either love it or loathe it? And why is it worth so much damn money? Join Will Gompertz, the BBC arts editor, and probably the world’s first art-history stand-up comedian, on a dazzling audio tour that will change the way you think about modern art forever.  In the ninth of this twenty-part course, take the first step on the long road towards total abstraction, as artists of all kinds attempted to unify their visions into a blueprint for a better world. And if you want to examine the images in question, just follow the links mentioned in the audio.  Kandinsky, Orphism, Blue Rider is part of a downloadable audiobook series taken from the book What Are You Looking At?: 150 Years of Modern Art in the Blink of an Eye. You can take the whole course or pick and choose which movement suits you. Whether you are a sceptic or an art lover, this funny, lively, and accessible course on modern art is bound to make your next gallery or museum visit a little less intimidating and a lot more interesting.

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  8. 0.4 hrs • 10/25/2012 • Unabridged

    What is modern art? Why do we either love it or loathe it? And why is it worth so much damn money? Join Will Gompertz, the BBC arts editor, and probably the world’s first art-history stand-up comedian, on a dazzling audio tour that will change the way you think about modern art forever.  In the eighth of this twenty-part course, the West is in ferment and turmoil as the Great War approaches. Artistic movements of the time reflected both the terror and hope of a world in flux. And if you want to examine the images in question, just follow the links mentioned in the audio.  Futurism is part of a downloadable audiobook series taken from the book What Are You Looking At?: 150 Years of Modern Art in the Blink of an Eye. You can take the whole course or pick and choose which movement suits you. Whether you are a sceptic or an art lover, this funny, lively, and accessible course on modern art is bound to make your next gallery or museum visit a little less intimidating and a lot more interesting.

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  9. 0.6 hrs • 10/18/2012 • Unabridged

    What is modern art? Why do we either love it or loathe it? And why is it worth so much damn money? Join Will Gompertz, the BBC Arts Editor, and probably the world’s first art history stand-up comedian, on a dazzling audio tour that will change the way you think about modern art forever. In the seventh of this twenty-part course, you can discover just how wrong you were about Cubists. They didn’t paint cubes, for a start. But they did change the way we look at objects and the way artists represent them. Cubism is part of a downloadable audiobook series taken from the book What Are You Looking At?: 150 Years of Modern Art in the Blink of an Eye. Whether you are a skeptic or an art lover, this funny, lively and accessible course on modern art is bound to make your next gallery or museum visit a little less intimidating, and a lot more interesting.

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  10. 0.9 hrs • 10/11/2012 • Unabridged

    What is modern art? Why do we either love it or loathe it? And why is it worth so much damn money? Join Will Gompertz, the BBC Arts Editor, and probably the world’s first art-history stand-up comedian, on a dazzling audio tour that will change the way you think about modern art forever. In the sixth of this twenty-part course, find out how if you want to be really now, really modern, really ahead of the game, you need to go backwards. Primitivism and Fauvism re-coloured and recalibrated early twentieth century art, taking inspiration from the most ancient sources they could find. Primitivism/Fauvism is part of a downloadable audiobook series taken from the book What Are You Looking At?: 150 Years of Modern Art in the Blink of an Eye. Whether you are a skeptic or an art lover, this funny, lively and accessible course on modern art is bound to make your next gallery or museum visit a little less intimidating, and a lot more interesting.

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  11. 0.5 hrs • 10/4/2012 • Unabridged

    What is modern art? Why do we either love it or loathe it? And why is it worth so much damn money? Join Will Gompertz, the BBC Arts Editor, and probably the world’s first art history stand-up comedian, on a dazzling audio tour that will change the way you think about modern art forever. In the fifth installment of this twenty-part course, one man discovers the nineteenth century equivalent of 3-D HD: Cézanne becomes the first person to paint using two eyes, completely reinventing perspective, and thus affecting pretty much every picture you’ve seen since. Cézanne is part of a downloadable audiobook series taken from the book What Are You Looking At?: 150 Years of Modern Art in the Blink of an Eye. You can take the whole course, or pick and choose which movement suits you. Whether you are a sceptic or an art lover, this funny, lively and accessible course on modern art is bound to make your next gallery or museum visit a little less intimidating, and a lot more interesting.

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  12. 1.0 hrs • 9/27/2012 • Unabridged

    What is modern art? Why do we either love it or loathe it? And why is it worth so much damn money? Join Will Gompertz, the BBC Arts Editor and probably the world’s first art history stand-up comedian, on a dazzling audio tour that will change the way you think about modern art forever. In the fourth of this twenty-part course, you can discover how three great artists, van Gogh, Gaugin, and Seurat, changed the look of modern art with radical reimagining of colour, line, and subject matter. And find out which one of them were an arrogant self-publicising dandy, bully, and a syphilitic schemer. Post-Impressionism is part of a downloadable audiobook series taken from the book What Are You Looking At?: 150 Years of Modern Art in the Blink of an Eye. Whether you are a sceptic or an art lover, this funny, lively and accessible course on modern art is bound to make your next gallery or museum visit a little less intimidating, and a lot more interesting.

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  13. 0.7 hrs • 9/20/2012 • Unabridged

    What is modern art? Why do we either love it or loathe it? And why is it worth so much damn money? Join Will Gompertz, the BBC Arts Editor, and probably the world’s first art history stand-up comedian, on a dazzling audio tour that will change the way you think about modern art forever. In the third of this twenty-part course, a group of young artists are given a name—the Impressionists; and they’re not happy about it. Bringing spontaneity and realism to their paintings of industrial Europe, they draw influences from as far away as Japan, and as their works become popular in America, they become the art of the modern world. The Impressionists is part of a downloadable audiobook series taken from the book What Are You Looking At?: 150 Years of Modern Art in the Blink of an Eye. Whether you are a sceptic or an art lover, this funny, lively and accessible course on modern art is bound to make your next gallery or museum visit a little less intimidating, and a lot more interesting.

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  14. 0.7 hrs • 9/13/2012 • Unabridged

    What is modern art? Why do we either love it or loathe it? And why is it worth so much damn money? Join Will Gompertz, the BBC Arts Editor, and probably the world’s first art history stand-up comedian, on a dazzling audio tour that will change the way you think about modern art forever. In the second of this twenty-part course, you can find out how the classically inclined establishment and the new democratic realists clashed; and how the pictures that now adorn your biscuit tins and tea-towels are deeply subversive. Hear the stories behind the banned pictures now regarded as masterpieces. The Pre-Impressionists is part of a downloadable audiobook series taken from the book What Are You Looking At?: 150 Years of Modern Art in the Blink of an Eye. Whether you are a sceptic or an art lover, this funny, lively, and accessible course on modern art is bound to make your next gallery or museum visit a little less intimidating and a lot more interesting.

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  15. 0.3 hrs • 9/6/2012 • Unabridged

    What is modern art? Why do we either love it or loathe it? And why is it worth so much damn money? Join Will Gompertz, the BBC arts editor, and probably the world’s first art-history stand-up comedian, on a dazzling audio tour that will change the way you think about modern art forever.  In this twenty-part course, each episode will explain a different modern art movement in under an hour. In A Urinal As Art, the first of the series, you will learn that not all conceptual art is rubbish and that a porcelain pissoir revolutionized the art world in 1917. With Gompertz as your trusty guide, you will discover the story behind a masterpiece, and if you want to see an image of the artwork, just follow one of the links suggested.  A Urinal As Art is part of a downloadable audiobook series taken from the book What Are You Looking At?: 150 Years of Modern Art in the Blink of an Eye. You can take the whole course or pick and choose which movement suits you. Whether you are a sceptic or an art lover, this funny, lively, and accessible course on modern art is bound to make your next gallery or museum visit a little less intimidating and a lot more interesting.

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    19.5 hrs • 8/1/2012 • Unabridged

    This landmark biography penetrates the barriers of legend to bring to full and intimate life a man whose burning passions—for painting, women, and ideas—were matched by a compulsion to invent reality in his life no less than in his art. Here is the tragic story of a man who, from his teenage passion for a gypsy boy to the chilling bitterness and betrayals of his old age, was unable to love and was driven to dominate and humiliate the women—and men—who fell under his hypnotic spell. Drawing on a wealth of startling revelations, including the vivid memories of Picasso’s daughter Maya and the heretofore untold recollections of Françoise Gilot, who shared his life for ten years and bore two of his children, the author has stripped bare the romantic myths to reveal, in all its volatile complexity, Picasso’s lifelong struggle between his power to create and his compulsion to destroy.

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    Picasso by Arianna Huffington

    Picasso

    19.5 hrs • 8/1/12 • Unabridged
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