The Lonely Palette
The Lonely Palette is a podcast that aims to return art history to the masses, one painting at a time. Based out of - but not affiliated with - the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, Tamar picks a painting du jour, interviews unsuspecting passers-by, and then dives deeply into the object, the movement, the social context, and anything and everything else that will make it as exciting to you as it is to her. Episodes have aired most recently on PRX Remix and CBC Radio's Podcast Playlist.
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Creator and Host
Tamar is an art historian turned finance administrator turned independent radio producer. You can see her doing what you're hearing live! as an adjunct lecturer at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. She also exercises her left brain as the producer of Female of the Species.
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Press and Praise
"I could have picked any of the episodes. I just love the way Tamar brings art to life by describing the artists and their lives surrounding the artwork that they make."
"This is what those snooze-a-thon museum audio tours should sound like."
"Meet Tamar Avishai, the art history buff you wish was next to you as you stare blankly at a white canvas with some splotches of paint on it... [Tamar] explains the process and the history behind the work with an enthusiasm we only wish we could find in stuffy museum audio tours."
"While some discussions of art can be alienating, this show is as inviting as Monet’s Giverny."
"Magically clarifying... I couldn’t tell you which century Piet Mondrian came out of if my life depended on it. But, it doesn’t matter. What matters is that Avishai...made me somehow comforted by my ignorance, my lack of art terminology and know-how. This is a podcast that truly lives up to its motto: it does return art history to the masses, one painting at a time."
"Host Tamar Avishai...takes a relaxed and unconventional approach to art interpretation."
"Gorgeous... It's like healthy candy."
Dar Williams, Singer/Songwriter
"#arthistory is the worst thing that's ever happened to me"
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