Engaging stories about legendary artists and inspiring advice to help you make better art. To do this, each episode focuses on legendary, and unknown artists, reviews their lives to uncover opportunities, the artist, have to gain from their successes or failures.
In this show, we will be examining a recent article written by Pulitzer prize winning art critic Jerry Saltz. I will get into Jerry’s backstory in a moment, as I believe it is what gives Jerry the street cred to be able to write an article that lays bare the rules, he deems to be essential to making in as an artist in today’s climate.
In this episode we will look at two photographers who were hired by various government agencies to create and document the land and the people of their countries. While some artists may feel that working for such a red-tape laden bureaucracy would be nothing but stifling and soul sucking, this show will highlight the ability of artists to create iconic images that, in one case, brought images of desperation and poverty that rocked society and, in another case, highlighted the absolutely stunning beauty of a land that was still, for the most part, unknown to its citizens.
In this episode we will hear about how the liberal use of obscenity laws and the actions of religious backed social groups impacted the world of art at several points in recent history. We will hear how artists were singled out, attacked and in some cases dragged through the courts for decades all in an attempt to silence their voice and remove their art from public viewing. Under the guise of morality, we have seen time and time again that those in power have abused the laws in order to protect some outdated, unrealistic and ultimately fraudulent social experiment
In this episode we will look at two examples of how original art was covered and reissued by other artists only to gain the success the original artist could not achieve. Each of these cases shows how art can be ignored or undervalued by one audience, only to resonate deeply with audiences years, sometimes decades later.
In this episode we will look at how art was co-opted by those who would use hate as a means to carry out horrible acts of violence. We will see how artists have had their works mutated, misread, misappropriated and ultimately forever marred. We will see how art can become an impetus for pain and suffering without the artist ever intending their work to become such fuel.
This is Self Criticism Revisited, the first episode of season four. It's great to be back and I do hope all of you are ready to engage with our creative processes and see where we can challenge ourselves, our art, and our accepted methods. As creative beings, we must continuously strive to push ourselves out of our comfort zones and truly explore what the universe brings into our lives
In this episode, we will take a look at how two artists who were plagued by internal afflictions so severe that their very life paths were permanently altered. And while this episode will talk about negative emotions and painful events, I want to assure you that both of these creatives found a way through these dark times, to produce work far superior to what they had done prior.
For those of you who follow this podcast, you will know that this is the last episode of season three, after which I will be taking a bit of a break. I would love to be able to give you a start date for season four, but right now that is up in the air. The main reason for this is that I am dedicating more time to working on my book. I really feel that I need to get this completed and released as I have been putting it off long enough.
In this episode we will hear about how two musical acts dealt with the intimate relationships that comes with long term, high pressure creative cohabitation. There’s no escaping the fact that when you’re in a group, your identity may be lost within the larger concept of the project. Let’s also be realistic here, spending weeks, months and even years locked in a van, an airport or in hotel rooms together can lead to some emotionally explosive situations.