Jo's Art History Podcast

Jo McLaughlin

Join art historian Jo McLaughlin as she delves into the wonderful world of art history in a different way! Jo’s aim is to begin breaking down the elitism which surrounds the subject of art history and believes in order to do so, it’s important to create a space where everyone from all walks of life have the opportunity to talk about art that is meaningful to them; as let’s face it, if you are passionate about something, you are going to be good at talking about it! Painting, sculpture, architecture, jewellery, ceramics, design – no subject is off-limits on Jo’s Art History Podcast.

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54.2 The History Of Art Patronage With Will Jarvis. PART 254.1 The History Of Art Patronage With Will Jarvis PART 153. Why is Art Important?52. Celtic Mirrors & Iron Age Treasures with James Handley
Celtic Mirrors & Iron Age Treasures with James Handley Welcome back to Jo’s Art History Podcast!! We are nearing the end of Season 2 and this week I am bringing you something a little different - an episode all about Celtic Mirrors and Iron Age Treasure! This week, I sit down with British Artist James Handley to discuss something completely unique to Britain, Celtic Hand Held Mirrors which have been found all over the British Isles. But, I hear you ask, what are these mirrors so important? To begin with, they are incredibly rare, only been 29 or 30 of these incredible mirrors have been discovered. They are also incredibly detailed and complex in their design and build, which when you think about when they were first created (from approximately 300 B.C. to 70 A.D) it is beyond mind-blowing. We know very little about them but what they do offer modern-day viewers is a look into British Craft and Design History. James also discusses one of the greatest Celtic Art finds ever discovered in Britain, the Battersea Shield, as well as one of the biggest ‘Torc’ findings in Britain. This episode celebrates the craftsmanship, beauty and design of these objects and why they deserve to be considered as some of the greatest artworks ever made in Britain. Enjoy! Jo Guest: James Handley @jameshandleyart Mirror https://celticmirrors.org/#ironage I think I have decided on the objects (i believe we said we would choose 5?) that might work well on the podcast. 1) Desborough Mirror ( https://www.britishmuseum.org/collection/object/H_1924-0109-1 ) https://www.britishmuseum.org/collection/object/H_1924-0109-1 2) Chettle Down Mirror ( https://i1.wp.com/celticmirrors.org/images/chettleparkhoardLg2.jpg?ssl=1 ) 3) Birdlip Mirror ( https://i2.wp.com/celticmirrors.org/images/birdlipdecoratedLg.jpg?ssl=1 ) 4) The Great Snettisham Gold Torc ( https://www.britishmuseum.org/collection/object/H_1951-0402-2 ) https://blog.britishmuseum.org/how-do-you-put-on-a-torc/ https://www.britishmuseum.org/collection/object/H_1951-0402-2 https://mymodernmet.com/celtic-coin-hoard-boudica/ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pBu6cixcaxI 5) The Battersea Shield ( https://www.britishmuseum.org/collection/object/H_1857-0715-1 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jnOp3S2QUMs https://www.bridgemanimages.com/en/celtic/birdlip-mirror-c-50-ad-bronze/nomedium/asset/3854279
Mar 15 2022
1 hr 11 mins
51. International Women’s Day Special with Jo McLaughlin50. Life: Full Colour with Sara McKee49. Salvador Dali with Cherish Marshall
Welcome back to Jo’s Art History Podcast! This week I am joined by British artist, Cherish Marshall, who will be sharing her love of all things Salvador Dali! Dali is now an iconic artist whose art seems to have worked its way into the fabric of our everyday living. Much like artists like Van Gogh, Dali is associated with certain items - such as melting clocks & surrealist landscapes - yet there is so much more to this great man! Cherish talks about 4 lesser-known works from the great artist and discusses beautifully why there is so much more to Dali than melting clocks and giant elephants!!! We discuss his ‘Jeremy Kyle’ levels of family up-bring, his love of bread, a late in life finding of religion, his money-making mentality and just what role he played in one of today’s biggest sweet brands - Chupa Chups!!! Another great episode and guest! I learned a lot in this episode and I’m sure you will too! Love, Jo xx Host: Jo McLaughlin Instagram: @josarthistory Guest Cherish Marshall Website: https://www.cherishmarshall.org/news-bio Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/cherishmemarshall/ Painting Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/cherishmarshallpainting/ Image 1 - Figura en una finestra (Figure at the Window) - 1925, Oil on papier-mâché https://www.museoreinasofia.es/en/collection/artwork/figura-finestra-figure-window Blog post mentioned in the episode: https://www.geoffharrisonarts.com/blog/tag/Ana+Maria+Dali Image 2 Un Chien Andalou (An Andalusian Dog) 1929, Short Surreal Film This is the film that got Dali into the surrealist clan. The film: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cB7gd_t6WMQ Image 3 Chupa Chups Lolly pop - Design by Dali in 1969 https://www.logodesignlove.com/chupa-chups-logo https://blog.leoprinting.co.uk/blog/salvador-dali-chupa-chups-logo https://www.thedaliuniverse.com/en/news-dali-and-advertising Image 4 Bedroom of Bread - “Bread,” wrote Salvador Dalí in 1945, “has always been one of the oldest fetishistic and obsessive subjects in my work, the one to which I have remained the most faithful. ‘ https://www.independent.co.uk/travel/europe/how-dali-transformed-dough-into-a-surreal-slice-of-life-139293.html https://ivc.lib.rochester.edu/breaking-dalinian-bread-on-consuming-the-anthropomorphic-performative-ferocious-and-eucharistic-loaves-of-salvador-dali/ Salvador house tour - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ezvMuI_d0_A Timeline: https://thedali.org/about-the-museum/timeline/ Overview of Dali: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Salvador_Dal%C3%AD#Exhumation Dali Museum: https://www.salvador-dali.org/en/
Feb 22 2022
57 mins
48. Artemisia Gentileschi with Rachel Vogeleisen
This week I sit down with photographer Rachel Vogeleisen to discuss 4 works from the brilliant Artemisia Gentileschi!!! Artemisia Gentileschi was an Italian Baroque painter and is considered among the most accomplished seventeenth-century artists. In an era when women had few opportunities to pursue artistic training or work as professional artists, Gentileschi was the first woman to become a member of the Accademia di Arte del Disegno in Florence and she had an international clientele. Many of Gentileschi's paintings feature women from myths, allegories, and the Bible, including victims, suicides, and warriors. Gentileschi was known for being able to depict the female figure with great naturalism and for her skill in handling colour to express dimension and drama. Her achievements as an artist were long overshadowed by the story of Agostino Tassi raping her when she was a young woman and her participation in the trial of her rapist. Rachel and I discuss how this event shaped the art that she made, why she is a feminist icon and why her subjects are still (sadly) so relevant to today’s world. A great episode and I hope you enjoy it! Jo Host: Jo McLaughlin @josarthistory Guest: Rachel Vogeleisen Website: https://rachelvogeleisenprints.com Instagram @rachelvogeleisen SOME LINKS: Great overview and videos of Artemisia: https://www.khanacademy.org/humanities/renaissance-reformation/baroque-art1/baroque-italy/a/gentileschi-conversion-of-the-magdalene And here: https://www.designartmagazine.com/2020/12/artemisia-gentileschi.html National Gallery Artemisia in 8 paintings: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cNsg6RnlJtI&t=618s National Gallery Series on restoring Self-portrait: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CXX8s2aH5co&t=0s FKA Twigs on Artemisia Gentileschi for Google Arts and Culture: https://artsandculture.google.com/project/artemisia-gentileschi Judith slaying Holofernes https://www.uffizi.it/en/artworks/judith-beheading-holofernes https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Corisca_and_the_Satyr https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Judith_Slaying_Holofernes_(Artemisia_Gentileschi,_Naples) Judith and maidservant https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Judith_and_Her_Maidservant_(Detroit) Corsica and the satyr https://www.artemisiagentileschi.org/corisca-and-the-satyr/ Susanna and the elders.
Feb 15 2022
54 mins
47. Barbara Hepworth's St Ives Studio & Garden!
Barbara Hepworth is one of the greatest artists to ever come out of the UK. Achieving monumental heights of fame and success during her life, she developed a sculptural language that makes her work not only timeless but so instantly recognisable as her own. This week I take you on a whistle-stop tour of her life and work during her time living and working in her iconic studio and gardens in St.Ives!! I talk you through Hepworth’s practice, my experience while visiting her studio in St Ives, August 2021; and why I think it’s important to visit where an artist works to truly help understand what makes them tick as a creator. The studio was an experience which will stay with me forever and somewhere I cannot recommend enough should you find yourself in Cornwall and wondering how to spend a day!! I hope you enjoy it! Jo Instagram:@josarthistory Some links! Hepworth Estate: https://barbarahepworth.org.uk/st-ives/ Hepworth St Ives: https://www.tate.org.uk/visit/tate-st-ives/barbara-hepworth-museum-and-sculpture-garden Hepworth Wakefield: https://hepworthwakefield.org/ New Art Centre: https://www.sculpture.uk.com/barbara-hepworth Wiki: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Barbara_Hepworth Tate: https://www.tate.org.uk/art/artists/dame-barbara-hepworth-1274 My blog on the Hepworth Garden and Studio: https://www.josarthistory.com/post/down-the-rabbit-hole-barbara-hepworth-museum-and-sculpture-garden-st-ives VIDEO ON THE SCULPTURE GARDEN: https://www.tate.org.uk/art/artists/dame-barbara-hepworth-1274/barbara-hepworth-sculpture-garden
Feb 8 2022
40 mins
46. The Un-Heroic Act: Representations of Rape and Sexual Violence within Art History with Melody Thornton
TRIGGER WARNING This episode contains references to rape and sexual violence, which some listeners may find upsetting. Welcome back to Jo’s Art History Podcast.  This week I sit down with Melody Thornton to discuss the representations of rape and sexual violence within Art History. Melody talks us through 5 works from within the history of art which, on first appearance, seem perfectly innocent. We discuss misleading titles, the language used to describe / justify the scenes / what is happening and why these images continue to be celebrated within the history of art despite depicting violence towards women. This episode has left me asking more questions than it has given answers and I want to thank Melody for being such a brilliant guest and discussing this topic with me. Melody is incredibly knowledgeable about this subject, having had it inspire her series of photographic works which sees her save women throughout art history from their abusers as part of her master’s degree. Please check out her series via her Instagram here: https://www.instagram.com/melodythorntonartist/ I completely understand this topic is not for everyone, however, art history is full of depictions of women (and men) suffering at the hands of an abuser and I feel it is important to have this conversation. There has been essays, catalogues and exhibitions based around this subject. Any episode I release is never meant to upset or anger anyone, only educate and start a discussion. Please do listen, this conversation is an important one. Links for further information: The un-heroic art: http://employees.oneonta.edu/farberas/arth/arth200/Heroic_Rape.html Leda and the Swan: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Leda_and_the_Swan_(Michelangelo) The Rape of Europa: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Rape_of_Europa_(Titian) Artemisia - Rape Survivor and her Revenge: https://www.dailyartmagazine.com/artemisia-gentileschi-rape-survivor-revenge/ Apollo and Daphne: https://www.carpediemrome.com/apollo-and-daphne/
Feb 1 2022
56 mins
45. Vincent Van Gogh with Mimi Cullen
Jan 25 2022
1 hr 1 min
44. The Art of Pride
Welcome back to Jo’s Art History Podcast Today we are celebrating the art of pride by taking a whistle-stop tour of 5 works that celebrate the LGBTQ+ community. Starting as a blog post back in 2020, I received a lot of attention from this blog and decided to turn it into an Instagram series. I learnt so much that it seemed a shame to leave it hidden in the depths of my Instagram / blog so I decided to turn it into a podcast episode! I hope you like it. Today I’ll be discussing the original pride flag, the first public monument to the LGBT+ community and how a Hackney street artist raised thousands of pounds in aid of celebrating Pride! Host: Jo McLaughlin Instagram @josarthistory You can also find this podcast on Youtube! Links Blog article: https://www.josarthistory.com/post/the-art-of-pride Gilbert Baker: https://www.google.com/search?q=Gilbert+Baker%2C+Rainbow+Flag%2C+1978&oq=Gilbert+Baker%2C+Rainbow+Flag%2C+1978&aqs=chrome..69i57.120495j0j7&sourceid=chrome&ie=UTF-8 Gay Liberation Monument: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gay_Liberation_Monument Legacy Project: https://legacyprojectchicago.org/person/frida-kahlo Keith Haring Foundation: https://foundationblog.haring.com/topics/gay-pride **The Glasgow Statue I was talking about in the episode is called the Duke of Wellington - not the Duke of Cumberland. Find more and his LGBTQ+ cone here: https://www.glasgowlive.co.uk/news/glasgow-news/new-lgbtqi-heritage-trail-launches-16765360 WATCH: It’s A Sin: https://www.channel4.com/programmes/its-a-sin Warning - it will break your heart.
Jan 18 2022
35 mins
43.2 Land Art with Liuka Jonynaite - 2 part special43.1 Land Art with Liuka Jonynaite - 2 part special!42. Art of the Deal Part 4 - Leo Castelli
Welcome back to part 4 of my series Art of the Deal! This time I'm taking you on a whistle-stop tour of the life of Italian/American art dealer Leo Castelli. Castelli was a powerhouse on the American art scene in the 1950s / 60s / 70s and helped champion the names of now art world superstars Jasper Johns and Robert Rauschenberg! Castelli has left a lasting impact on the art scene as we know it and even mentored now mega dealer Larry Gagosian when he was starting out. I talk you through how Castelli ended up working in the art world at the age of 50, the 'Castelli Method' and how he forged lifelong bonds with the artists he showed. Castelli is an incredible character within the history of art and the art market and I hope you enjoy learning more about this brilliant dealer! Host: Jo McLaughlin Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/josarthistory/ Website: https://www.josarthistory.com/podcast Where can I find out more about Leo Castelli? There is a great chapter written about Castelli in Rogues’ Gallery by Philip Hook - available on Amazon. I picked up my copy for £3! You can hear Castelli speak about his life as a dealer in 1976 on Youtube - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4vxKIzFRGPA&t=229s The Art Story on Leo Castelli: https://www.theartstory.org/gallery-castelli-leo.htm You can read more about him here: https://somethingcurated.com/2019/06/12/the-life-legacy-of-legendary-new-york-art-dealer-leo-castelli/ Book Leo and his Circle - be warned it is pretty pricey: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Leo-His-Circle-Life-Castelli/dp/1400044278 Artsy Article: https://www.artsy.net/article/artsy-editorial-leo-castelli-changed-art-market-forever Interview with Castelli and Roy Lichtenstein: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DAW1Xipmpt0
Jan 4 2022
35 mins
41. Notre Dame with Alexandra Kiely40. Alice: Curiouser and Curiouser at the V&A Museum
Dec 25 2021
35 mins
39. Is Photography and Art Form with Konsto38. 3 Reasons The Art World Is Intimidating & What You Can Do To Overcome It.37. Tracey Emin's Tent with Diane Ketteringham