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The Lady in Gold

The Extraordinary Tale of Gustav Klimt's Masterpiece, Portrait of Adele Bloch-Bauer

By Anne-Marie O'Connor
Narrated by: Coleen Marlo
Length: 10 hours 50 minutes

The Lady in Gold, considered an unforgettable masterpiece, one of the twentieth century's most recognizable paintings, made headlines all over the world when Ronald Lauder bought it for $135 million a century after Klimt, the most famous Austrian painter of his time, completed the society portrait.
 
Anne-Marie O'Connor, writer for the Washington... Read more »

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Days That I'll Remember

Spending Time With John Lennon and Yoko Ono

By Jonathan Cott
Narrated by: George Newbern
Length: 5 hours 15 minutes

Jonathan Cott met John Lennon in 1968 and remained friends with him and Yoko Ono until John's death in 1980. He has kept in touch with Yoko since that time, and is one of the few writers who understands her profoundly positive influence on Lennon. This deeply personal book recounts the course of these friendships over the decades and provides an... Read more »

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Role Models

By John Waters
Narrated by: John Waters
Length: 7 hours 20 minutes

Role Models is filmmaker John Waters's self-portrait told through intimate profiles of favorite personalities—some famous, some unknown, some criminal, some surprisingly middle-of-the-road. From Esther Martin, owner of the scariest bar in Baltimore, to the American playwright Tennessee Williams; from the atheist leader Madalyn Murray O'Hair to... Read more »

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The John Lennon Letters

By John Lennon
Length: 8 hours 26 minutes

A lifetime of letters, collected for the first time, from the legendary musician and songwriter.

John Lennon was one of the greatest songwriters the world has ever known, creator of "Help!", "Come Together", "Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds", "Strawberry Fields Forever", "Imagine", and dozens more. But it was in his correspondences that he let his... Read more »

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Birds Art Life

A Year of Observation

By Kyo Maclear
Narrated by: Laurel Lefkow
Length: 4 hours 50 minutes

A writer’s search for inspiration, beauty, and solace leads her to birds in this intimate and exuberant meditation on creativity and life—a field guide to things small and significant.

When it comes to birds, Kyo Maclear isn’t seeking the exotic. Rather she discovers joy in the seasonal birds that find their way into view in city parks and... Read more »

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American Mirror

The Life and Art of Norman Rockwell

By Deborah Solomon
Narrated by: Andrea Gallo
Length: 19 hours 52 minutes

Welcome to Rockwell Land," writes Deborah Solomon in the introduction to this spirited and authoritative biography of the painter who provided twentieth-century America with a defining image of itself. As the star illustrator of The Saturday Evening Post for nearly half a century, Norman Rockwell mingled fact and fiction in paintings that... Read more »

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Old in Art School

A Memoir of Starting Over

By Nell Painter
Narrated by: Nell Painter
Length: 11 hours

Following her retirement from Princeton University, celebrated historian Dr. Nell Irvin Painter surprised everyone in her life by returning to school―in her sixties―to earn a BFA and MFA in painting. In Old in Art School, she travels from her beloved Newark to the prestigious Rhode Island School of Design; finds meaning in the artists she loves,...

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The Age of Insight

The Quest to Understand the Unconscious in Art, Mind, and Brain, from Vienna 1900 to the Present

By Eric R. Kandel
Narrated by: James Anderson Foster
Length: 16 hours 8 minutes

A brilliant book by Nobel Prize winner Eric R. Kandel, The Age of Insight takes us to Vienna 1900, where leaders in science, medicine, and art began a revolution that changed forever how we think about the human mind—our conscious and unconscious thoughts and emotions—and how mind and brain relate to art.

At the turn of the century, Vienna was... Read more »

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I've Seen the Future and I'm Not Going

The Art Scene and Downtown New York in the 1980s

By Peter McGough
Narrated by: Peter McGough
Length: 9 hours 24 minutes

Brilliantly funny, frank, and shattering, this is the bittersweet memoir by Peter McGough of his life with artist David McDermott. Set in New York’s Lower East Side of the 1980s and mid-1990s, it is also a devastatingly candid look at the extreme naiveté and dysfunction that would destroy both their lives.
 
Escaping the trauma of growing up gay... Read more »

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The Lonely City

Adventures in the Art of Being Alone

By Olivia Laing
Narrated by: Susan Lyons
Length: 9 hours 55 minutes

An expertly crafted work of reportage, memoir, and biography on the subject of loneliness told through the lives of six iconic artists, by the acclaimed author of The Trip to Echo Spring. You can be lonely anywhere, but there is a particular flavor to the loneliness that comes from living in a city, surrounded by thousands of strangers. The... Read more »

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In Montmartre

Picasso, Matisse and the Birth of Modernist Art

By Sue Roe
Narrated by: Emma Bering
Length: 12 hours 50 minutes

A lively and deeply researched group biography of the figures who transformed the world of art in bohemian Paris in the first decade of the twentieth century

In Montmartre is a colorful history of the birth of Modernist art as it arose from one of the most astonishing collections of artistic talent ever assembled. It begins in October 1900, as a... Read more »

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A Rift in the Earth

Art, Memory, and the Fight for a Vietnam War Memorial

By James Reston, Jr.
Narrated by: Jeff Cummings
Length: 6 hours 52 minutes

A Distinguished and Bestselling Historian and Vietnam Vet Revisits the Culture War that Raged around the Selection of Maya Lin’s Design for the Vietnam Memorial

A Rift in the Earth tells the remarkable story of the ferocious “art war” that raged between 1979 and 1984 over what kind of memorial should be built to honor the men and women who died...

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Funny Weather

Art in an Emergency

By Olivia Laing
Narrated by: Sophie Aldred
Length: 9 hours 39 minutes

"One of the finest writers of the new non-fiction" (Harper's Bazaar) explores the role of art in the tumultuous twenty-first century.

In the age of Trump and Brexit, every crisis is instantly overridden by the next. The turbulent political weather of the twenty-first century generates anxiety and makes it difficult to know how to react. Olivia... Read more »

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The Da Vinci Women

The Untold Feminist Power of Leonardo's Art

By Kia Vahland
Narrated by: Ana Clements
Length: 8 hours 36 minutes

This new biographical look at Leonardo da Vinci explores the Renaissance master's groundbreaking portrayal of women which forever changed the way the female form is depicted.
Leonardo da Vinci was a revolutionary thinker, artist, and inventor who has been written about and celebrated for centuries. Lesser known, however, is his revolutionary and... Read more »

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ArtCurious

Stories of the Unexpected, Slightly Odd, and Strangely Wonderful in Art History

By Jennifer Dasal
Narrated by: Jennifer Dasal
Length: 9 hours 48 minutes

A wildly entertaining and surprisingly educational dive into art history as you've never seen it before, from the host of the beloved ArtCurious podcast

We're all familiar with the works of Claude Monet, thanks in no small part to the ubiquitous reproductions of his water lilies on umbrellas, handbags, scarves, and dorm-room posters. But did you... Read more »

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Letters of Note: Art

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Narrated by: Benedict Cumberbatch, Sanjeev Bhaskar, Louise Brealey, Simon Callow, Crystal Clarke, Stephen Fry, Neil Gaiman, Toby Jones, Ferdinand Kingsley, Jude Law, Helen McCrory, Stephen Mangan, Clarke Peters, Juliet Stevenson & Meera Syal
Length: 2 hours 43 minutes

In Letters of Note: Art, Shaun Usher celebrates extraordinary correspondence about art, from missives on the agony of being overlooked, the ecstasy of producing work that excites, to surprising sources of inspiration and rousing manifestos. A star-studded cast of readers brings the letters to life, with contributions from Sanjeev Bhaskar,... Read more »

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You Are an Artist

Assignments to Spark Creation

By Sarah Urist Green
Narrated by: Sarah Urist Green
Length: 5 hours 43 minutes

“There are more than 50 creative prompts for the artist (or artist at heart) to explore. Take the title of this book as affirmation, and get started.” —Fast Company

More than 50 assignments, ideas, and prompts to expand your world and help you make outstanding new things to put into it


Curator Sarah Urist Green left her office in the basement of... Read more »

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The Artist's Way - Abridged

A Spiritual Path to Higher Creativity
Artist's Way

By Julia Cameron
Narrated by: Julia Cameron
Length: 3 hours 6 minutes

"Without The Artist's Way, there would have been no Eat, Pray, Love.” —Elizabeth Gilbert

The Artist’s Way is the seminal book on the subject of creativity. An international bestseller, millions of readers have found it to be an invaluable guide to living the artist’s life. Still as vital todayor perhaps even more sothan it was when it was first... Read more »

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Paper Bullets

Two Artists Who Risked Their Lives to Defy the Nazis

By Jeffrey H. Jackson
Narrated by: Susan Bennett
Length: 10 hours 56 minutes

“A Nazi resistance story like none you’ve ever heard or read.” —Hampton Sides, author of Ghost Soldiers and On Desperate Ground

"Every page is gripping, and the amount of new research is nothing short of mind-boggling. A brilliant book for the ages!” —Douglas Brinkley, author of American Moonshot 

Paper Bullets is the first book to tell the... Read more »

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Lives of the Artists

Masterpieces, Messes (and What the Neighbors Thought)
The Lives of … Series

By Kathleen Krull
Narrated by: John C. Brown & Melissa Hughes
Length: 2 hours 1 minutes

In this entertaining, informative collection, listeners will discover the idiosyncrasies—sometimes humorous, sometimes tragic—of twenty famous artists: Leonardo da Vinci, Michelangelo Buonarroti, Peter Bruegel, Sofonisba Anguissola, Rembrandt van Rijn, Katsushika Hokusai, Mary Cassatt, Vincent Van Gogh, Käthe Kollwitz, Henri Matisse, Pablo... Read more »

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