"Many find fine art intimidating, and so this show, by Boston’s own Tamar Avishai, is a lovely, accessible tour."
Nicholas Quah, The Boston Globe
What is The Lonely Palette?
Man, art history. It's so snooty. And boring. Right?
Or maybe...wrong? As it turns out, art history is as interesting and accessible as its stories. And the stories are why you're here.
Each episode of The Lonely Palette, creator and host Tamar Avishai picks an object du jour, interviews unsuspecting passers-by in front of it, and then dives deeply into the movement, the social context, the anecdotes, and anything and everything else that will make it as exciting to you as it is to her.
Which episodes should I start with?
This episode will start you off.
Here are some other essentials to get you going:
Understanding why the heck Paul Cezanne is considered "the father of Modern Art" will help situate almost every episode on the art of the early 20th century.
Jokester Marcel Duchamp's impish urinal-as-art explains the rest.
Mary Cassatt helps explain the painful origins of art history's "woman problem."
Pull up a chair to understand why Piet Mondrian's pure abstraction isn't as nearly inaccessible as you think.
Explore the art world itself, because it turns out that the most famous painting in the world is indebted to its own fame.