Under The Influence
February 5, 2018
Heads up: This episode includes candid discussion of drug use and addiction.
As long as humans have existed, they've taken mind-altering substances. In this very special episode, the Babes trace the effects of drugs on consciousness and art making from the shamanistic origins of cave paintings to contemporary work exploring addiction.
Artists discussed: John Martin, Pablo Picasso, Alex Gray, Robert Crumb, Plastic Jesus, Nan Goldin, Keith Haring, Damien Hirst, Jean-Michel Basquiat, Marina Abramovic
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