The Art History Babes

Four fresh Masters drink wine and discuss all things visual culture.

Hilma AF

Little known painter Hilma af Klint was a pioneer of abstraction, with an entire body of visually captivating work predating that of Kandinsky. Also, she talked to ghosts. Tune in to learn all about the life of this mystical babe and why she may not be a household name.

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Templeton Mania!

The AH Babes chat with art collector and philanthropist, Alan Templeton about adventures in collecting and the state of the art world.

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A Piece of Work

The Babes respond to (and fan girl over) Abbi Jacobson's collabo podcast with the MoMA, "A Piece of Work". Tune in for everything from Dada to Performance Art to Pop Art, as well as some general musings on Broad City and a healthy dose of adoration for Questlove.

The Art of Boxing

Sports! Violence! Talking smack! As a prelude to the much anticipated Mayweather v. McGregor fight, the Babes discuss the Roman Colosseum, abstract expressionism via boxing gloves, the spectacle of violence, crowd mentality, and the artistry of MMA.

Artists discussed: George Bellows, Ushio Shinohara, Meryl Streep

Thesis Series: Gottfried Helnwein

Born at the end of WWII, Helnwein explores themes of second generation guilt and hate-based violence. In the final installment of our thesis series, Nat analyzes his post-war related works and discusses their importance & contemporary relevance.

Thesis Series: Craft & Morality

Do you ever wonder why you find that piece of handcrafted artisanal furniture so much more charming than the mass-produced IKEA version? In the third installment of our Thesis Series, Corrie discusses the intersection of craft production, politics, & moral "goodness". Plus Nat & Corrie discuss their all time fave artworks/genres!

Thesis Series: Cannibals & Codices

In the second installment of our Thesis Series, Jen discusses her research of Mesoamerican codices, the contemporary artist Enrique Chagoya, and the ultimate taboo -- human cannibalism *gasp*.

Thesis Series: Egyptomania

In the first episode of our Thesis Series, Ginny discusses European and American fascination with Ancient Egyptian art and culture. What led to this enduring interest in Ancient Egypt and when did it start?

*Disclaimer: The story about the Met Museum's Temple of Dendur was told secondhand without additional research. If you have information about this story please email us at arthistorybabes@gmail.com.

Jean-Michel Basquiat

Jean-Michel Basquiat's 1982 "Untitled" recently sold for $110.5 million dollars, making it the most expensive American work ever sold. In this episode the Babe's highlight the life and work of this revolutionary neo-expressionist, discuss what this sale means for the art market, and put the kibosh on the term "primitivism".

Bonus: Bullsh*t Episode

The Art History Babes get deep (and unexpectedly inspirational) with this one broh! How was LSD invented? What is a Tijuana Bible? What even IS Art History???? Learn oh so much about the Babes on this very special clusterf*ck of an episode.

Fabergé Eggs

Originating during a fascinating time in Russian history, Fabergé Eggs are now most commonly associated with excessive wealth and status. However, these delicately crafted creations were actually part of a deeply personal tradition. Join the Babes as they discuss Carl Fabergé and his many eggs of note.

Special Guest: Sonya

Ancient Greek Monsters

If you've ever read Harry Potter or watched a Disney film, chances are you have encountered the influence of Ancient Greek monsters. These frightening mythical beings provide fascinating insight into human nature and our ancient past. Join the Babes as they discuss a whole myriad of these composite creatures including: Centaurs, the Chimera, the Sphinx, Medusa and more.

Salvador Dalí

Was Salvador Dalí a fascist? Did he discover a 4th dimension? And most importantly, is Ginny his reincarnation? Discover all this and more as the AH babes examine the outrageous, imaginative, and hella controversial, Salvador Dalí! Plus a discussion about art and public policy.

Impressionism

Developed on the precipice between realism and abstraction, Impressionism is often considered the first truly modern art movement. Join the Babes as they discuss the birth of this seminal style as well as some of the most important members of the French Impressionist circle.

Artists discussed: Claude Monet, Edouard Manet, Edgar Degas, Berthe Morisot, Mary Cassatt

Alchemy and Art

Gold! Hermeticism! Philosopher's Stone! Kabbalah Bracelets! Join the AH Babes as they enter the crazy cool world of Alchemy.

Special Guest: Faith Sponsler

Getting Graphic

The AH Babes are delving into the world of comics! Join us as we discuss the important contributions made by some of our fave graphic novelists including Art Spiegelman, Neil Gaiman, Marjane Satrapi, & Alison Bechdel.

Ai Wei or the Highway

LEGO portraits, sunflower seeds, & the middle finger are just a few of the images that come to mind when thinking of contemporary artist and activist, Ai Weiwei. Join the Babes as they discuss his work, influences, political activism, & tumultuous relationship with the Chinese government.

Holiday Magic

The Babes are feeling festive! Grab a glass of egg nog and join us as we explore the wintery Nordic illustrations of Kay Nielsen and discuss some lesser-known folklore surrounding the holiday season.