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Episode 16: Abstract Expression

Jess BarnettTom talks with abstract painter Jess Barnett about her work and why she prefers making paintings to working in a digital medium.

Jess also discusses painting techniques, the relation between art and language, and the burst of color that’s come into her life and work in recent years.

3: Picture Maker

Nikhil ChopraTom talks with performance and installation artist Nikhil Chopra about Yog Raj Chitrakar: Memory Drawing IX, on exhibit through February at New York’s New Museum.

Combining elements of live art, landscape drawing, painting, and photography, Nikhil’s work challenges conventional aesthetic boundaries.  His performances, intimately connected to his personal and family history, also examine and critique orientalist representations of India. 

2: Pulp Fiction

Tom talks with historian and writer Allan Converse about his novel-in-progress, The Dying Nude.

Valentine “Val” Cowan, the novel’s hard-boiled heroine, investigates the murder of a left-leaning modern dancer in a detective story that brings 1950s New York to life. Communism, organized crime, abstract expressionism, burlesque performance, beats and bohemians, and the city’s (largely underground) lesbian community form the rich setting for Allan’s contribution to crime fiction.

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