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Russell Tovey and Robert Diament's Audiobook Picks

Russell Tovey and Robert Diament's Audiobook Picks

"As hosts of the Talk Art podcast, we love to engage in conversation about contemporary art. Below are some fantastic audiobooks that do just that, along with some of our favorite novels."—Russell Tovey and Robert Diament, authors of Talk Art

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How to Be an Artist

By Jerry Saltz
Narrated by: Jerry Saltz
Length: 2 hours 20 minutes

"Inspiration leaps off the pages from Jerry Saltz's new book on creativity. . . . This book is for the artist or non-artist, for the person who gets plain English, for the person who understands that practical talk can coax out the mystical messages that lie underneath." —Steve Martin

Art has the power to change our lives. For many, becoming an... Read more »

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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 $12 Million Stuffed Shark

The Curious Economics of Contemporary Art

By Don Thompson
Narrated by: Adam Verner
Length: 10 hours 29 minutes

Why would a smart New York investment banker pay $12 million for the decaying, stuffed carcass of a shark? By what alchemy does Jackson Pollock's drip painting No. 5, 1948 sell for $140 million?

Intriguing and entertaining, The $12 Million Stuffed Shark is a Freakonomics approach to the economics and psychology of the contemporary art world.... Read more »

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Black Futures

By Kimberly Drew & Jenna Wortham
Narrated by: Kimberly Drew, Kevin R. Free, Dominic Hoffman, Robin Miles, Adenrele Ojo, Bahni Turpin & Jenna Wortham
Length: 11 hours 10 minutes

An archive of collective memory and exuberant testimony
A luminous map to navigate an opaque and disorienting present
An infinite geography of possible futures

What does it mean to be Black and alive right now?

Kimberly Drew and Jenna Wortham have brought together this collection of work—essays, memes, dialogues, recipes, tweets, poetry, and... Read more »

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Ninth Street Women

Lee Krasner, Elaine de Kooning, Grace Hartigan, Joan Mitchell, and Helen Frankenthaler: Five Painters and the Movement That Changed Modern Art

By Mary Gabriel
Narrated by: Lisa Stathoplos
Length: 39 hours 13 minutes

Five women revolutionize the modern art world in postwar America in this "gratifying, generous, and lush" true story from a National Book Award and Pulitzer Prize finalist (Jennifer Szalai, New York Times).

Set amid the most turbulent social and political period of modern times, Ninth Street Women is the impassioned, wild, sometimes tragic,... Read more »

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Just Kids

By Patti Smith
Narrated by: Patti Smith
Length: 9 hours 50 minutes

In Just Kids, Patti Smith’s first book of prose, the legendary American artist offers a never-before-seen glimpse of her remarkable relationship with photographer Robert Mapplethorpe in the epochal days of New York City and the Chelsea Hotel in the late sixties and seventies. An honest and moving story of youth and friendship, Smith brings the...

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Everybody

A Book About Freedom

By Olivia Laing
Narrated by: Elizabeth Sastre
Length: 9 hours 10 minutes

“Astute and consistently surprising critic” (NPR) Olivia Laing investigates the body and its discontents through the great freedom movements of the twentieth century. The body is a source of pleasure and of pain, at once hopelessly vulnerable and radiant with power. In her ambitious, brilliant sixth book, Olivia Laing charts an electrifying... Read more »

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Seven Days in the Art World

By Sarah Thornton
Narrated by: Tavia Gilbert
Length: 8 hours 21 minutes

The art market has been booming. Museum attendance is surging. More people than ever call themselves artists. Contemporary art has become a mass entertainment, a luxury good, a job description, and, for some, a kind of alternative religion.

In a series of beautifully paced narratives, Sarah Thornton investigates the drama of a Christie's... Read more »

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Swing Time

By Zadie Smith
Narrated by: Pippa Bennett-Warner
Length: 13 hours 45 minutes

If you enjoyed My Year of Rest and Relaxation, then you’ll love Swing Time.

“If you liked “Swing Time”, “My Year of Rest and Relaxation” is your next good read! Both have intensely interesting (albeit frustrating) female protagonists that will make you see even the most mundane things in an entirely new light.”

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Frida

Una biografía de Frida Kahlo

By Hayden Herrera
Narrated by: Mauricio Pérez, Noé Velásquez, Karla Hernández, Maggie Vera & Ayari Rivera
Length: 20 hours 59 minutes

La mejor biografía que se ha escrito sobre Frida Kahlo, la pintora mexicana por excelencia.

Edición revisada con prólogo de Valeria Luiselli

Frida fue una figura mítica creada por sí misma, el centro exótico de una esfera que incluía a amigos como León Trotski y Nelson Rockefeller, Isamu Noguchi y André Breton, Dolores del Río y Paulette...

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